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An Introduction to the Sanderson Farms Championship
A quick reminder as we wrap up the 2023 calendar year on the PGA Tour: We’re looking both forward and backward when it comes to statistics.
Confused? Well, allow us to simplify things with two points.
First, we’re looking forward to million-dollar paydays for the winners of the next six tournaments as well as spots in the season-opening Tournament of Champions on Maui in January.
Second, we’re looking back at FedEx Cup points as the points players earn over these next six events will be added to the totals of the season we just wrapped up as many players teeing it up try to keep their PGA Tour cards.
So whether players are looking to move up to help their playing status for the calendar year that starts in January or are trying to hang onto their spot and retain their card, this is one of those weeks that will see quite a bit of movement — along with the five tournaments left after this week.
Let’s look at the first of these six events, this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, which will be held at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, MS.
There won’t be a star-studded lineup for a couple of reasons. The superstars are coming off the Ryder Cup week while many of the others who have secured their cards won’t be back on Tour until Maui unless they are the defending champion.
But while none of the big names will be around, the second and third-tier players are jumping at the chance to get in the winner’s circle and get the chance to book a flight and hotel room on Maui.
How slim are the pickings this week? Well, the favorite is Ludvig Aberg at +1200 (Best Live Odds: ). The next-highest favorite is between +1600 and +2000 before the event begins.
Let’s take a look at who just might be hoisting the trophy and oversized check this week.
The Defending Champ Likely Won’t Be in the Mix
We like to take a good, hard look at any tournament’s defending champ.
But this year and in this event, we don’t like what we’re seeing.
We’re going to stay away from the defending champ, MacKenzie Hughes, even though he comes in at +5500 (Best Live Odds: ).
It appears the oddsmakers agree with us (or we agree with them).
Hughes, who beat Sepp Straka in a playoff a year ago to earn his second PGA Tour title, has been struggling since that victory.
He’s got six missed cuts and a WD on his resume since that win and in events where he did play the weekend, he toiled way down the leaderboard.
No matter how close we look, we’re not seeing enough positive points to put our money down on Hughes — even at great odds.
It’s Time for Eric Cole To Get That First Win
Take a look at Eric Cole at +2000 this week (Best Live Odds: ).
If you’re wondering who Eric Cole is, you haven’t been paying attention over the last few months.
Cole is coming into this event way under the radar — but not with the oddsmakers — but we’re thinking he just might step into that winner’s circle this week.
The reasoning is simple. He’s made the cut over his last 11 events and comes into this week off a solo fourth in the Fortinet Championship.
In the FedEx Cup playoffs, he made it to the BMW Championship where he wound up T-25, so his game is definitely on the rise.
And, he’s coming into an event where he had success last year… well, kind of.
He had an opening round 78 and could have phoned it in on the second day.
But he battled back with a second-round 68 and despite missing the cut, he’s going to have a little more confidence coming in as he hunts for that first PGA Tour victory.
Emiliano Grillo has two wins on the PGA Tour, the latest coming at the Charles Schwab Challenge in June.
It may just be time for win No. 3.
At +2000 this week, we love the fact he’s even in this field (Best Live Odds: ).
He made it all the way to the Tour Championship where he finished T-29.
Right now, he’s 29th in the FedEx Cup points and 36th in the world golf rankings, so he could be forgiven if he skipped this event.
He was T-9 here last year, so he’s got good memories coming into this week after taking some time off after the Tour Championship.
This is a solid number for bettors and the fact is Grillo’s going to be one of the best players in this field gives us — and him — a lot of confidence.
Around the Prop Scene
Granted, with the stars on the sidelines this week, picking a winner can be a daunting task so a lot of bettors will look for different options.
That’s where the prop bets come in and we’ve got two that will give bettors options while they watch the tournament.
We’re going to look at DraftKings odds for the prop bets.
We are going to back that there will be a playoff. We love the fact that ‘yes’ is +250.
Two of the last four tournaments have gone to a playoff while the other two were won by a single shot so they could have just as easily gone to extra holes.
We also like backing the winner who won’t be in the final group at +175.
With many of these players coming in without a win, golfers heading into the final round can bring up a whole lot of trepidation in the final group. Maybe the collar is a little tighter, the palms a little sweatier, and the mind wondering if their game will hold up.
If a player in an earlier group puts up a good number and the leader suddenly has to play catchup, anything can happen.