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Sanderson Farms Championship

October 27th – 30th, 2016

Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, MI

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,421

Purse: $4.2 million

with $756,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Peter Malnati

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 3 of the top-100 in the latest Official World Rankings, #76 Chris Kirk, #81 Patton Kizzire and #98 Jerry Kelly.

The field includes 3 of the Top-25 on this year’s FedEx Cup list, #T-3 Patton Kizzire, #T-17 Cody Gribble and #T-17 Chris Kirk.

The field includes 7 past champions: Peter Malnati (2016), Nick Taylor (2015), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), D.J. Trahan (2006), Heath Slocum (2005) and Cameron Beckman (2001).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Sanderson Farms 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 in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Sanderson Farms.

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

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

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

Have included the last four stops on the Web.Com Tour since 40 players from that tour is playing this week)

Player Safeway Open Nationwide Children’s Hospital Tour Champ. Boise Open BMW Champ. DAP Champ. Deutsche Bank Portland Open Barclays Classic Wyndham Champ. John Deere
Grayson Murray
(142.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
Win
(88)
DNP 3
(60)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP T32
(6)
DNP DNP DNP
Whee Kim
(110 pts)
T13
(37)
T9
(30)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP T39
(3.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T3
(30)
Andres Gonzales
(96.33 pts)
T35
(15)
T12
(25.33)
DNP T18
(21.33)
DNP T2
(33.33)
DNP DNP DNP T46
(1.33)
T64
(0)
Patton Kizzire
(90 pts)
2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP CUT
(-5)
T53
(0)
DNP
Cameron Smith
(88.33 pts)
T35
(15)
2
(66.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T28
(7.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T22
(9.33)
Ryan Blaum
(85.33 pts)
T26
(24)
T18
(21.33)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Mackenzie Hughes
(85 pts)
T13
(37)
64
(0)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP T46
(1.33)
DNP T55
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Cody Gribble
(83.33 pts)
T8
(50)
T5
(46.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Scott Stallings
(78.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T29
(14)
DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP T6
(20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T16
(11.33)
Steven Alker
(75.67 pts)
T26
(24)
T18
(21.33)
DNP 8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T50
(0.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Chris Kirk
(74.83 pts)
T8
(50)
DNP DNP DNP T10
(20)
DNP T33
(8.5)
DNP CUT
(-5)
T46
(1.33)
DNP
Brett Drewitt
(68.33 pts)
T35
(15)
T5
(46.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T28
(7.33)
DNP T32
(6)
DNP DNP DNP
Kevin Tway
(66 pts)
T62
(0)
T3
(60)
DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Martin Flores
(61 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T3
(60)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T28
(7.33)
DNP T19
(10.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
(56.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T24
(17.33)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP T16
(11.33)
DNP T26
(8)
DNP DNP DNP
Xander Schauffele
(55.67 pts)
T60
(0)
T9
(30)
DNP T18
(21.33)
DNP T50
(0.33)
DNP T38
(4)
DNP DNP DNP
Miguel Angel Carballo
(54.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T16
(11.33)
Tag Ridings
(54.67 pts)
T35
(15)
T12
(25.33)
DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP T33
(5.67)
DNP T55
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Kelly Kraft
(50 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T5
(46.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
T5
(23.33)
Kyle Stanley
(49.33 pts)
T22
(28)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T74
(0)
T14
(12)
T22
(9.33)
Zack Sucher
(48.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T9
(30)
DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP 5
(23.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Cheng-Tsung Pan
(44 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T50
(0.67)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T4
(26.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Rod Pampling
(42.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T12
(25.33)
DNP T24
(17.33)
DNP T10
(13.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
73
(0)
Trey Mullinax
(42.33 pts)
T22
(28)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP T13
(12.33)
DNP T64
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Nicholas Lindheim
(40.67 pts)
70
(0)
T24
(17.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T2
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Tim Wilkinson
(38.33 pts)
DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP T33
(5.67)
DNP DNP DNP T22
(9.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
Ryan Brehm
(37.67 pts)
69
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T51
(0)
DNP T50
(0.33)
DNP Win
(44)
DNP DNP DNP
Rob Oppenheim
(36 pts)
DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T24
(17.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T70
(0)
Ben Martin
(34.5 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T66
(0)
DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP T31
(9.5)
CUT
(-3.33)
2
(33.33)
Bobby Wyatt
(32.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T12
(25.33)
DNP T24
(17.33)
DNP T61
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

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

Player Safeway Open Nationwide Children’s Hospital Tour Champ. Boise Open BMW Champ. DAP Champ. Deutsche Bank Portland Open Barclays Classic Wyndham Champ. John Deere
Brad Fritsch
(-26.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T66
(0)
DNP DNP DNP
Ryan Armour
(-26.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T50
(0.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Jason Gore
(-23.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T52
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T56
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
Spencer Levin
(-20 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
DNP CUT
(-5)
WD
(-1.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
Sebastian Munoz
(-20 pts)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
D.J. Trahan
(-18.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
Bryce Molder
(-18.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T53
(0)
DNP CUT
(-5)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Jason Bohn
(-18.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP 77
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
T56
(0)
George McNeill
(-17 pts)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T46
(1.33)
DNP DNP DNP WD
(-1.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
Chad Collins
(-16.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)

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 had 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 two years ago so it will be played for the third straight year. 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 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 always up for grabs, nobody has any history and it will take a few years before we see who gains an advantage playing here.  But we learned a lot the last two years it’s been played there, first that hitting greens is important. C.C. of Jackson ranked 38th hardest of the 52 courses in 2015 and 20th in 2016 so players tended to hit lot’s of greens. Of the 24 that finished in the top-ten the first two years, 14 of them were in the top-ten in greens hit with 2015 winner Nick Taylor finishing T-3rd in that stat and runner-up Jason Bohn finishing T-1st.  In 2016, winner Peter Malnati finished T-4th in greens hit while runner-up William McGirt finished T-4th. So to seems, you have to hit lot’s of greens.
  • 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 (482). 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.  The par 5s played tough last year as they were the 20th hardest par 5s on the PGA Tour.
  • This is also one of those courses that you have to hit it long and straight.  Last year it ranked 1st in driving distance, now the course was wet after all the rain but the average drive was only 276.5 making it the shortest course to drive all year.  As for driving accuracy it ranked 20th hardest.
  • Last year the weather was wet and rain made it tough on the players.  Things will be better as it will be dry the first three days but Sunday will have showers in the morning and it could be wet.  It also won’t be very warm, with highs being between 56 and 65 degrees.

 

 

Who to watch for at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Best Bets:

Patton Kizzire

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T4 CUT

Played great at Safeway two weeks ago and almost won the tournament. He was 3rd in putting so look for that stat to help him this week. Also played well at C.C. of Jacoson last year.

Chris Kirk

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T9 T10 Win CUT

He too played well in Napa finishing T-8th, his putting was solid and he finished the FedEx Cup playoffs strong.

Luke List

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T28 CUT

Was first in putting at Safeway, he hits it pretty straight and this could be a good week for him.

Best of the rest:

Scott Stallings

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T28 Win

Ended his year strongly in the Web.Com Tour finals to get his tour card back. Past champion of this event but on another course, he still should have a good week.

Russell Henley

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Playing this event for the first time, his game should be good for the course.

Jerry Kelly

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T22 T13 T11 CUT T61 CUT

Another veteran that can still play and contend in this event.

Kyle Stanley

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT CUT

Even though he’s missed the cut both times he has played here, his game is sharp and he is hitting lot’s of greens which should be good for the week.

Solid contenders

Gody Gribble

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

Showed some grit in getting his PGA Tour card and then finishing T-8th at Safeway.

Nick Taylor

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T20 Win

Past champion who can turn it on at anytime.

Ian Poulter

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
First time playing in this event

One of those guys who has a lot to prove and he needs to start playing well now. Never played in this event, but his game should suit C.C. of Jackson.

Peter Malnati

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
Win

Defending champion, did well in Safeway and could continue the good play.

Long shots that could come through:

Kevin Streelman

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
CUT

Good ball striker.

D.J. Trahan

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T10 T62 CUT T9 T3 T49 Win T12

Comes to a place that he has done well at, he ended 2016 miserably and have to think with the four weeks inbetween his last start that he will work things out.

David Toms

2016 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
T2 T9 CUT T11 T8

Always seems to do well in this event, yes he still has some fire left in him as he gets ready to play on the Champions Tour.

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