With the new PGA Tour season now in full swing, it’s off to Jackson Mississippi with more than $6 million on the line. Steve Carroll unveils his Sanderson Farms Championship betting tips
Events at Wentworth may be (rightly) attracting the headlines but there’s a full field of golfers here with dreams of bagging a PGA Tour win during the wrap-around season. Which one will follow Joaquin Niemann? Here’s my Sanderson Farms Championship betting tips…
Venue: CC of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Date: September 19-22, 2019
Course stats: Par 72, 7,400 yards
Course summary: A mix of greens sizes, and this course is fairly wide off the tee, but stay out of the rough and the trees to prosper.
Purse: $6.6 million
Defending champion: Cameron Champ (-21)
Thursday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf, red button, 1pm and Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Friday: Featured groups – Sky Sports Golf, red button, 1pm and Sky Sports Golf, 6pm; Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 8pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 8pm
Sanderson Farms Championship betting tips: Steve’s players to follow
Brian Harman’s not been seen here in these parts for a while but his tied 3rd last week at The Greenbrier may be significant.
The American has had a tendency in recent years to shine during the wrap around season – probably benefiting from the depleted fields.
Last year, he claimed the unofficial QBE Shootout with Patton Kizzire and in 2018 he began with six consecutive top 10 finishes.
Go back further and a top 10 at the CIMB Classic indicates a player that’s usually ready to go when the new campaign gets under way.
With that in mind, it feels like there are worse prices in this field then the 28/1 on offer with bet365.
Corey Connors was second here last year but of greater interest at 28/1 is the fact the Canadian ended last season with five consecutive top 30s.
They were in decent fields too, with tied-7th at the BMW Championship, during the FedEx Cup playoffs, the pick of the bunch.
GIR is important on this course and no one was better on the PGA Tour last season than Connors. He found the fairway more than 73 per cent of the time – or on 1,131 occasions out of 1,548.
The Texas Open winner has had plenty of time now to digest that victory and he’s definitely got the kind of game that can thrive here.
DJ Trahan either misses the cut or finishes top 10 in Jackson but, with those kinds of markets easily accessible, he could be worth a small investment at 200/1 to make up the places.
Trahan finished up in a tie for 7th last year, and was 10th in 2015, and there are pockets of reasonable form to grab onto in the not too far distant past.
Tied for 36th at The Greenbrier doesn’t immediately grab the attention but sixth at the Barbasol Championship last season – with a similar kind of entry list – certainly does.
Consider his 10th at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and top 20 at the Puerto Rico Open and you can see where I’m heading with this line of enquiry.
He’s been through the mill recently, grabbing PGA Tour appearances where he could while also competing on the Korn Ferry circuit.
But he’s exempt once more after negotiating finals week and needs to get on the board quickly. This would be a perfect time to do it.
Finally, Brandt Snedeker put some good stuff together at the end of last season but hasn’t been a recent visitor here. 18/1 will attract some but Lucas Glover (25/1) has a top 10 in 2016 and a top 20 last year on this course.
He’s been popping up on leaderboards regularly over the last few months and he’s too good to have not won since 2011.
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