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Sanderson Farms Championship

October 26th – 29th, 2017

C.C. of Jackson

Jackson, MS

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,364

Purse: $4.3 million

with $756,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Cody Gribble

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes just 1 player from the top-100 in the latest Official World Rankings, #75 William McGirt.  Here is the next five top players from the World Rankings: #114 Chesson Hadley, #116 Jason Kokrak, #124 Daniel Summerhays, #152 Kevin Streelman and #170 Chris Kirk.

The field includes nobody from the Top-25 on last year’s FedEx Cup list, the highest rank player is #85 William McGirt.

From the 2018 FedEX Cup list, #12 ranked Chesson Hadley is in the field.

The field includes 6 past champions: Cody Gribble (2017), Peter Malnati (2016), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), D.J. Trahan (2006) and Heath Slocum (2005).

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.

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 The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges CIMB Classic Safeway Open Web.com Tour Championship DAP Championship Albertsons Boise Open The Northern Trust Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Wyndham Championship WinCo Foods Portland Open
Chesson Hadley
(254 pts)
DNP DNP T3
(90)
T46
(2.67)
T2
(66.67)
Win
(88)
DNP 10
(13.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
Bronson Burgoon
(146.67 pts)
DNP DNP T17
(33)
4
(53.33)
5
(46.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T50
(0.33)
DNP T6
(20)
Tyler Duncan
(140.67 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
T12
(25.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
T5
(46.67)
DNP T24
(8.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Rob Oppenheim
(138.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T5
(46.67)
T2
(66.67)
T17
(22)
DNP T11
(13)
DNP T65
(0)
Andrew Landry
(137.33 pts)
DNP DNP T7
(55)
WD
(-3.33)
T50
(0.67)
T5
(46.67)
DNP T3
(30)
DNP T25
(8.33)
Brice Garnett
(127.67 pts)
DNP DNP T17
(33)
T20
(20)
T20
(20)
T29
(14)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP Win
(44)
Ted Potter, Jr.
(102.33 pts)
DNP DNP T28
(22)
CUT
(-6.67)
T33
(11.33)
T2
(66.67)
DNP T13
(12.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Jonathan Byrd
(102 pts)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(88)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T31
(6.33)
T37
(4.33)
T8
(16.67)
Austin Cook
(96.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
T11
(26)
T9
(30)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T19
(10.33)
Troy Merritt
(86 pts)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
T32
(12)
T6
(40)
T9
(30)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T28
(7.33)
DNP
Denny McCarthy
(84 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T12
(25.33)
T17
(22)
T9
(30)
DNP T31
(6.33)
DNP T19
(10.33)
Tom Hoge
(76.67 pts)
DNP DNP T37
(13)
T12
(25.33)
T25
(16.67)
T17
(22)
DNP T41
(3)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Corey Conners
(76 pts)
DNP DNP T30
(20)
CUT
(-6.67)
T11
(26)
T29
(14)
DNP T13
(12.33)
DNP T19
(10.33)
Shawn Stefani
(73.33 pts)
DNP DNP T65
(0)
T2
(66.67)
T20
(20)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Nicholas Lindheim
(70.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
WD
(-3.33)
Win
(88)
T46
(2.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Benjamin Silverman
(69 pts)
DNP DNP T43
(7)
T20
(20)
CUT
(-6.67)
T40
(6.67)
DNP T24
(8.67)
DNP T2
(33.33)
Ryan Armour
(66.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T25
(16.67)
T51
(0)
DNP 2
(33.33)
T4
(26.67)
DNP
Steve Wheatcroft
(62.67 pts)
DNP DNP T59
(0)
T16
(22.67)
T11
(26)
T29
(14)
DNP T55
(0)
DNP DNP
Cameron Tringale
(60.67 pts)
DNP DNP T43
(7)
T5
(46.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
T25
(16.67)
DNP T50
(0.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Matt Jones
(60.33 pts)
DNP DNP T43
(7)
T5
(46.67)
T20
(20)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Keith Mitchell
(60 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
WD
(-3.33)
T6
(40)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T6
(20)
DNP T6
(20)
Jonathan Randolph
(58.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
WD
(-3.33)
T42
(5.33)
T2
(66.67)
DNP T70
(0)
T83
(0)
DNP
Jason Kokrak
(56.83 pts)
DNP DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP DNP T25
(12.5)
DNP T16
(11.33)
DNP
Abraham Ancer
(56.33 pts)
DNP DNP T37
(13)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
T66
(0)
DNP 5
(23.33)
DNP T2
(33.33)
Martin Piller
(53 pts)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
T42
(5.33)
4
(53.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T47
(1)
DNP T60
(0)

How Player Rankings are Computed

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

Player The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges CIMB Classic Safeway Open Web.com Tour Championship DAP Championship Albertsons Boise Open The Northern Trust Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Wyndham Championship WinCo Foods Portland Open
Eric Axley
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
T54
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T65
(0)
Kyle Thompson
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
WD
(-3.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
T68
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Dicky Pride
(-24.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
53
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
T50
(0.33)
DNP
Andrew Yun
(-23.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T40
(6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Stuart Appleby
(-23.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T75
(0)
DNP
J.T. Poston
(-23 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T50
(0.33)
DNP
Derek Ernst
(-20 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
T57
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Ken Duke
(-20 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
55
(0)
T62
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
T80
(0)
DNP
Trey Mullinax
(-20 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
T54
(0)
T61
(0)
DNP 69
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Derek Fathauer
(-16.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-5)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
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 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 three years ago so it will be played for the fourth 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 three years it’s been played there, first that hitting greens is important. C.C. of Jackson ranked 37th hardest of the 50 courses last year, 46th in 2016 and 38th in 2015 so players tended to hit lot’s of greens. Of the 34 that finished in the top-ten the first three years, 19 of them were in the top-ten in greens hit with last year’s winner Cody Gribble finishing T-29th in Greens hit But in 2016, winner Peter Malnati finished T-4th in greens hit while runner-up William McGirt finished T-4th and in 2015 winner Nick Taylor finished T-3rd while runnerup Jason Bohn finished T-1st. 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 15th 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 33rd in driving distance but in 2016 it was 2nd and in 2015 it was 10th.  But in looking at our three winners at C.C. of Jackson most of them were short hitters, so this is not a bombers course.
  • The weather is going to play an important role in this week’s event as a cold front has moved in and temperatures will be warm on Friday at 61 degrees but on Thursday it will be 51 and over the weekend the high will only get into the high 40s.  Also look for winds at 10 mph and showers all day on Saturday.

 

 

Who to watch for at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Best Bets:

William McGirt

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T2 7 T26 T5 T27

Has shown that he plays well at C.C. of Jackson, making his first start of the year was T-30th in his last start at the Dell Technologies.

Chris Kirk

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T2 T9 T10 Win CUT

Almost won last year finishing T2nd, has been pretty consistent on tour of late, did fly back from Korea where he finished T-54th.

Chesson Hadley

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
CUT

T-3rd in his last start at Safeway, he ended his Web.Com Tour season in 2017 in fine form.

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
First time playing in this event

Best of the rest:

Jason Kokrak

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T12 T20 T49

Was very consistent in his last PGA Tour events of 2017, is 21 under in 8 rounds at C.C. of Jackson.

Ben Crane

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T23

Fighting back from injuries, finished his 2017 season if good form and was ok in Korea last week, was T-23rd on this course last year.

Cody Gribble

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
Win

The defending champion has played the last three events, was good in Malaysia after an opening round of 77.

Kevin Streelman

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T18 CUT

Played well in Safeway, course does suit his game.

Solid contenders

Ben Martin

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T18 T29 CUT

Watch him, played well over the summer and has been solid in two C.C. of Jackson starts.

Vaughn Taylor

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T20 T20 T17 T49 T45 WD WD

Another PGA Tour winner that is looking to rebound in 2018.

Aaron Baddeley

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T4 CUT T17

Good putter that played well in this event in 2016 and could play well this week

Patton Kizzire

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
CUT T4 CUT

Was T-4th in 2016, has struggled of late but maybe this course can help him find his game again.

Long shots that could come through:

Tyrone Van Aswegen

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T54 CUT

Played well at Safeway, in one start at C.C. of Jackson he was 6 under par.

Fabian Gomez

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T14 T35 T18

Looking to find his game, course could be good for him.

Jason Bohn

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
T70 T39 T2 T9 2 CUT T23 T50

Ended his 2017 season with ten straight missed cuts, was runner-up at this course the first time it was played here.

2017 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
First time playing in this event

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