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Sanderson Farms Championship

November 6 – 9, 2014

The Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, Ms.

Par: 72 / Yardage:7,354

Purse: $4 Million

with $720,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Woody Austin

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 4 of the top-100 in the latest Official World Rankings, #57 Ben Martin, #82 Charley Hoffman, #87 Russell Knox and #92 Robert Streb.

The field includes 8 of the Top-25 on this year’s FedEx Cup list, #2 Robert Streb, #3 Ben Martin, #13 Tony Finau, #15 Russell Knox, #16 Hudson Swafford, #17 Martin Laird, #18 Kevin Kisner and #24 Scott Piercy

The field includes 3 past champions: Woody Austin (2013), Chad Campbell (2007) and Cameron Beckman (2001).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Sanderson Farms Championship field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  One last way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at Sanderson Farms Championship in the last five years or check out our brand new and sortable 8-year glance at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Sanderson Farms Championship

Player CIMB Classic McGladrey Classic Shriners Hospitals World Match Play Hong Kong Frys.com Open Portugal Masters Dunhill Links Handa Wales Tour Champ. BMW Champ. Deutsche Bank
Robert Streb
(207.17 pts)
DNP Win
(132)
T10
(40)
DNP DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T9
(22.5)
Ben Martin
(153.33 pts)
DNP T17
(33)
Win
(132)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
Tony Finau
(116.33 pts)
DNP T14
(36)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Cameron Smith
(115 pts)
T5
(70)
DNP DNP DNP T9
(45)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Russell Knox
(105.5 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
3
(90)
DNP DNP T68
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T23
(13.5)
T26
(12)
Hudson Swafford
(103.33 pts)
DNP T12
(38)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Kevin Kisner
(99.33 pts)
DNP T4
(80)
T56
(0)
DNP DNP T21
(19.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Martin Laird
(92 pts)
DNP 72
(0)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP T3
(60)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Scott Piercy
(81.33 pts)
DNP T17
(33)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Andrew Svoboda
(75.33 pts)
DNP T8
(50)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
Ken Duke
(73.33 pts)
DNP T4
(80)
T67
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Carl Pettersson
(73 pts)
DNP T17
(33)
T42
(8)
DNP DNP T57
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T31
(9.5)
T9
(22.5)
David Hearn
(58.5 pts)
DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP T68
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T43
(3.5)
Scott Brown
(55.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
T10
(40)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 77
(0)
Fabian Gomez
(50 pts)
DNP T8
(50)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Andrew Putnam
(48.33 pts)
DNP T12
(38)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Charles Howell III
(46.5 pts)
DNP T73
(0)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP T71
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T36
(7)
T35
(7.5)
Zachary Blair
(43.33 pts)
DNP T32
(18)
T75
(0)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Charlie Wi
(41 pts)
T39
(11)
DNP DNP DNP T20
(30)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Peter Uihlein
(40.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T33
(11.33)
T18
(21.33)
T26
(8)
DNP DNP DNP
Nicholas Thompson
(40.33 pts)
T21
(29)
T22
(28)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Adam Hadwin
(40 pts)
DNP T81
(0)
T10
(40)
DNP DNP T53
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Colt Knost
(38 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP T26
(16)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Brendan Steele
(36.83 pts)
DNP DNP T33
(17)
DNP DNP T21
(19.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T50
(0.5)
Jonathan Byrd
(36 pts)
T21
(29)
CUT
(-10)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
John Peterson
(35.33 pts)
DNP T22
(28)
T75
(0)
DNP DNP T39
(7.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Nick Watney
(34 pts)
DNP 85
(0)
T16
(34)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Mark Wilson
(33.33 pts)
DNP T8
(50)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jason Bohn
(32.83 pts)
DNP T54
(0)
T18
(32)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 66
(0)
T35
(7.5)
William McGirt
(31.67 pts)
DNP T32
(18)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 65
(0)
T69
(0)
Daniel Summerhays
(31.17 pts)
DNP T32
(18)
T54
(0)
DNP DNP T46
(2.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T29
(10.5)
T57
(0)
Sean O’Hair
(29.67 pts)
DNP T17
(33)
T63
(0)
DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Danny Lee
(27.17 pts)
T13
(37)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T46
(2.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T35
(7.5)
David Toms
(26 pts)
DNP T14
(36)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Greg Chalmers
(24 pts)
T26
(24)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Sanderson Farms Championship

Player CIMB Classic McGladrey Classic Shriners Hospitals World Match Play Hong Kong Frys.com Open Portugal Masters Dunhill Links Handa Wales Tour Champ. BMW Champ. Deutsche Bank
Justin Hicks
(-31.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
Zack Sucher
(-26.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Charley Hoffman
(-25 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T53
(0)
CUT
(-5)
Jason Gore
(-21.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
WD
(-5)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tyrone Van Aswegen
(-20 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T73
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jim Renner
(-16.67 pts)
DNP T81
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
J.J. Henry
(-16.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
71
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Justin Thomas
(-16.67 pts)
DNP 71
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Michael Thompson
(-16.67 pts)
DNP T66
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Lucas Glover
(-16.67 pts)
DNP T73
(0)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

So while the bulk of marquee players are China playing in the WGC-HSBC, those that couldn’t get into that event  are in Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship.  It’s a good week to earn of few dollars more and add up some FedEx Cup points to your total.  In the past this event has been in July opposite of the British Open, now it’s changed to November.  Along with the change is a new course, after 19 years at Annandale Country Club in Madison, Miss., the Sanderson Farms Championship moved locations to the Country Club of Jackson. Prior to that, the tournament spent eight years in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Here are some tournament and course information:

This event has been played in Mississippi since 1968.  In the beginning it was an unofficial event and became an official event on the PGA Tour in 1986.  In it’s first year and until 1993, it played opposite to the Masters.  It was called the Deposit Guaranty and was played at Hattisburg C.C. in Hattiesburg, Miss.  Not only did the date change to July and opposite the British Open, in 1994 the event moved to Madison, Miss and the Annandale Country Club.  It again was moved in the schedule in 1999 when  it was opposite the Tour Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.  In 2011 it switched back to July and the same week as the British Open with Sanderson Farms taking over in 2013.  Not only did the date change but the course will be different for the first time in 20 years as it is moving to The Country Club of Jackson.

The course wasn’t the whole reason for the change, Unlike Annandale the the country club offers more than 120,000 square feet of roofed infrastructure which means more money will be donated to charity.  The course is also terrific and has gone through a lot of changes since the summer.  The biggest change is the fairways have been narrowed and a second cut added with the rough being allowed to grow in.

The course is a John Fought design that features “Golden Age” architectural features with pushed up greens and closely mown run off areas. If the course stays dry, the greens will be treacherous and could make things interesting.

The site had an interesting history because it was better know in Mississippi not for golf but were in 1966 it was the site of a famous raid that caused liquor to be legalization in the state.  So the Country Club of Jackson will this week be remembers as the site that changed the last dry state in the United States instead of for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Sanderson Farms Championship:

  • With a new course it’s up for grabs, nobody has any history and it will take a few years before we see who gains an advantage playing here.
  • On the face of it we’re looking at a pretty long golf course, with the par-five fifth hole able to stretch beyond 600 yards before the difficult-looking sixth at close to 500. Holes 14 and 15 would look to offer up birdie opportunities before a tough closing stretch, on the Dick Wilson design course in which the finishing hole is a 505 yard, par 4.  Oh, for the record there is no let-up on the par-4s, only one the 15th is under 400 yards so maybe a power hitter is the player to look for.

Who to watch for at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Best Bets:

Nick Watney

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T8 CUT

Probably the player that has the most power to win, but there is a reason he is playing here instead of China and that is because of his poor play over the last two years.

Tony Finau

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
First time playing in this event

Here is a player that you probably haven’t heard from but is making a run in the first weeks of the new season. Look for him to have another great week.

Russell Knox

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T17 T21

Think that he could be a force in 2015, look for a good week out of him.

Best of the rest:

Robert Streb

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
CUT

May not of made the cut the only time he has played in this event, but comes in as a hero after his McGladrey victory.

Scott Piercy

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T18 T45

Having a good start to his year, looking to make it even better this week.

Charles Howell III

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T26 T23 T45

We always seem to see him get a top-ten or a top-twenty, this could be the week for him to content.

John Peterson

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
First time playing in this event

Playing for the first time, he could be really good on this course.

Solid contenders

Martin Laird

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
75

Has played well in the first four weeks of the tour, watch him this week this course could be right up his alley.

Ken Duke

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T31 T8 T25 T11 T69

Finished T4th at McGladrey, has played a lot in this event with some success.

Ben Martin

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
CUT

Looking to keep his good run going.

Hudson Swafford

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
First time playing in this event

Has gotten off to a great start in 2015.

Long shots that could come through:

Sam Saunders

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
First time playing in this event

Watch Arnie’s grandson, he could be very good.

Peter Uihlein

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
First time playing in this event

Still trying to get his feet on solid ground on the PGA Tour.

Nicholas Thompson

2014 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
4 CUT CUT T61

Another good young kid he finished 4th in this event last year.

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