Sanderson Farms Championship Predictions, Odds & Picks
- 2020 Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler begins his Sophomore campaign
- Sebastian Munoz defends his title
- Country Club of Jackson hosts for a seventh time
Sanderson Farms Championship Odds
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Sanderson Farms Championship Picks and Predictions
Kristoffer Ventura’s hot putter makes him an each-way pick at +8000 with bet365.
Patrick Rodgers has the game to land a third tournament top 20 at +335 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Take Sam Burns to win his DraftKings Sportsbook match-bet with Corey Conners at -118.
Kristoffer Ventura each way +8000 at bet365
Patrick Rodgers to finish in the top 20 +335 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Sam Burns to beat Corey Conners in a match-bet -118 at DraftKings Sportsbook
How to Watch the Sanderson Farms Championship
|Sanderson Farms Championship Information|
|What||Sanderson Farms Championship|
|Where||Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi|
|When||Thursday October 1 – Sunday October 4|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 8am, 4pm & 8pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 9.30am, 4pm & 8pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
Sanderson Farms Championship Profile
Last week’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship witnessed a birdie-fest in the Dominican Republic with Hudson Swafford emerging triumphant with a 72-hole total of 18-under-par built on the back of four rounds in the 60s.
This will be the seventh time that the course has hosted this event and we’ve come to expect very low numbers.
The first winner, Nick Taylor, shot 16-under for the week and since then the winning score has been between 18- and 21-under-par.
The 7,461-yard par-72 layout, designed by the John Fought-Mike Gogel partnership and opened in 2008, has Bermuda grass on the greens, but they are less of a defense than is sometimes the case and it might pay to look beyond the favorites this week.
Last year’s champion Sebastian Munoz was a +6600 outsider, 2018 winner Cameron Champ was rated a +5000 chance, and in 2017 Ryan Armour went off at +10000 with Draftkings Sportsbook.
That said, the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year Scottie Scheffler leads the betting, rated +900 with BetMGM, based not only on his superb form last season but also on the two cuts he has made on the course in the last two years.
Ventura Can Ace It
If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu about the headline, you’re not going mad because a different version of the pun on the name of Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura was used when successfully opposing him in a match-bet with Pat Perez last week. But whilst there was good reason to doubt the youngster could cope with the tricky demands of a coastal course and a wily veteran, there are also reasons to like his chances of contending this week.
First up there is the fact that he is a super hot putter who ranked fourth for Strokes Gained Putting throughout the 2019-20 season and who also ranked sixth in that category when seventh at the Safeway Open three weeks ago.
The importance of draining plenty of putts cannot be stressed enough this week because five of the winners at Jackson ranked top two for Strokes Gained Putting and even the exception was fifth.
Ventura got his chance on the PGA Tour thanks to a pair of wins on the second tier Kord Ferry Tour in 2018-19 so we know he has the wherewithal to convert should he get the chance. And his results this summer also hint that a track with Bermuda grass greens should suit – he was fourth at Sawgrass and eighth at San Antonio Oaks back on the KFT, then went low with a lap of 63 at Sedgefield in the Wyndham Championship.
He could be another winning outsider and is priced at +8000 each way with bet365.
Rodgers Can Make Hay
Throughout his career on the PGA Tour 28-year-old, Patrick Rodgers has proved himself something of a horses-for-courses type. He’s racked up multiple top 20 finishes at El Camaleon, Sea Island, Deere Run, Muirfield Village, Bay Hill, Scottsdale, and also here at Jackson.
Back in 2015, he finished T20th, having been fourth at halfway and contending deep into the weekend.
Three years later he returned to land T14th and even last year he made the cut. One key to his success has been the ability to find lots of greens in regulation, hitting 78% of them in his three visits. He’s not quite yet found his groove on the greens, but he ranked 11th for Strokes Gained Putting last season so has plenty of ammunition.
Last week he had both elements of his game in fine form, ranking fourth for GIR at the Corales Puntacana Championship and 13th for Putting Average (Strokes gained stats were not collected). If he can continue with that recipe another top 20 at Jackson looks well within his grasp.
Burns Can Topple Conners
As already discussed, to succeed this week players are going to need to hole a lot of putts and boast excellent Strokes Gained Putting stats. That immediately suggests that Sam Burns has an advantage over Canada’s Corey Conners. In nine of 13 tournaments in 2020 that have had Strokes Gained recorded Burns has made strokes on the field on the green. In contrast, Conners has done so just four times in 18 starts.
Throughout the 2019-20 season, Burns ranked 30th in that category, Conners 181st.
At Jackson itself, Burns averages a gain of 2.32 strokes on the greens whilst Conners loses 1.213 per tournament. They’ve both played the event three times and Burns leads their head-to-head count 2-1.
He also leads the headcount since the start of January 2019 15-7 and in the calendar year, he is 7-4 clear. That shows dominance in many spheres and makes the 24-year-old, who hails from over the state border in Louisiana, a must-play..
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