Sanderson Farm Championship Fantasy Golf Preview

Sanderson Farm Championship Fantasy Golf Preview

Average Ryder Cup Performance

Patrick Cantlay – 4 Matches/3 Wins/1 Draw
Cantlay, who had just received a $15 million payday, had a week to remember. Early in the week, he teamed up with Schauffele, who proved to be a difficult opponent. Cantlay has always been reticent on the course, but in his flawless Ryder Cup debut this week, he showed plenty of passion, confirming his place as an American mainstay for years to come.

Brooks Koepka – 4 Matches/2 Wins/2 Losses
Koepka had some injury worries heading into the week, but he gave it his all in every match. A win over Bernd Wiesberger in Sunday Singles capped a week in which he played with both Berger and Spieth, adding two points to the final total.

Rory McIlroy – 4 Matches/1 Win/3 Losses
On Sunday, McIlroy finally got a point on the board, dismissing Xander Schauffele, but it was too late. The European team’s emotional leader had a lousy week, and for the first time in his Ryder Cup history, he sat out a session while watching the Saturday Foursome matches. For Europe to pull off the upset, they needed their best players to perform. Instead, McIlroy was likely their biggest disappointment – something he was well aware of after giving tear-filled interviews following his final match.

This week we head to the Country Club of Jackson for the Sanderson Farm Championship. We will begin, as always, by taking a look at the history of the tournament as we start to build this week’s Beerlife profile.

The History

In 1968, the Sanderson Farms Championship was held for the first time at the Hattiesburg Country Club. It relocated to the Annandale Country Club in 1994 and subsequently to the Country Club of Jackson seven years ago. In 2014, the tournament moved to the autumn from the July slot it had occupied for the previous three years on the PGA Tour schedule.

It has been played simultaneously as the Tour Championship, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup, the WGC-American Express Championship (now known as the WGC-Mexico Championship), the Open Championship, and the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in China between 2014 and 2018. Another PGA Tour tournament isn’t overshadowing the Sanderson Farms Championship for the third year in a row.

Let’s turn our attention to the form of the previous five winners, analyze their rounds and see if we can find some crucial links to begin our BeerLife Sports profile.

Past Results

2021 Sergio Garcia – 269 – Form CUT/CUT/66/CUT
2020 Sebastian Munoz – 270 – Form 7/43/48/11
2019 Cameron Champ – 267 – Form 25/CUT/73/CUT
2018 Ryan Armour – 269 – Form CUT/4/61/58
2017 Cody Gribble – 268 – Form 8/42/CUT/78

The Course

The Country Club of Jackson was rebuilt by John Faught (Detroit Golf Club) in 2008, and the grounds, especially the greens, have a classic Donald Ross feel to them. The Champion Bermuda greens are incredibly slick, measuring 12 to 13 feet in length. The putting surfaces will be complex, particularly within 10 feet, since the course has one of the highest 3-putt percentages on the TOUR.

Four par-5 holes and only two inches of Bermuda/Zoysia rough will provide reprieve on this almost 7,500-yard par-72 course. At 6,200 square feet, the greens are larger than typical, so hitting them won’t be an issue. In addition, only five holes feature water, and there are only 56 bunkers to dodge. Since the first tournament in 2014, the course has consistently rated in the bottom half of the most straightforward courses played, with the average winning score hovering around 19 under.

The players will undoubtedly have to contend with the weather this week. There are storms expected before the tournament starts on Wednesday, and that rain will continue into Thursday. However, it will improve on Friday and Saturday, and the players will get some relief. But they don’t want to get too relaxed as rain is forecast on the final day of the Championship, which could make things very interesting indeed.

The Field

Only one Ryder Cup player will take to the course this week: Sergio Garcia, the defending champion. It will be intriguing to watch how the Spaniard performs after being one of the few Europeans to emerge with some credit from last week’s failure. At the Country Club of Jackson, Zach Johnson, who was a deputy captain to Steve Stricker at Whistling Straits, will display his skills, while Will Zalatoris – who may well fancy his chances of making the American squad in 2023 – will do the same.

There are several former Sanderson Farms champions in the field, including Sebastian Munoz, Ryan Armour, Bill Haas, Scott Stallings, and Cody Gribble, to mention a few.

Key Stats

We run each player in the field through our Beerlife profile analysis to come up with our selections. This is what we are looking for this week:

Leading The Way – After analyzing the previous five winners’ rounds, it is clear that making a move on day three is paramount here. This is backed up by the fact that the last four winners have led going into the final round.

Round 3 Scoring Average (2021)

  1. Sergio Garcia
  2. Adam Long
  3. Rory McIlroy
  4. Webb Simpson
  5. Satoshi Kodaira

Putting Percentages – This course has one of the highest three-putt percentages on the PGA Tour, so putting well is essential.

3-Putt Avoidance (2021)

  1. Patrick Reed
  2. Alex Noren
  3. Cameron Smith
  4. Mark Hubbard
  5. Sam Burns

Eat Your Greens – Six of the eight winners that have won around here have ranked inside the top ten for GIR percentage.

Greens In Regulation Percentage (2021)

  1. Cameron Percy
  2. Jon Rahm
  3. Emiliano Grillo
  4. Matthew NeSmith
  5. Michael Gellerman
  6. Collin Morikawa

Similarly To Sedgefield – The closest link is to the Wyndham Championship, which is played at Sedgefield, as far as course comparisons and form guidelines go. Sergio Garcia won the Wyndham in 2012, and Ryan Armour came fourth there in 2018, and they are both previous winners here.

Wyndham Championship 2021

  1. Kevin Kisner
  2. Branden Grace
  3. Si Woo Kim
  4. Kevin Na
  5. Adam Scott
  6. Roger Sloan

Draft Picks

After looking at the above data and running the field through our Beerlife profile builder, we have selected the following picks.

Must-Have Players – These players may cost a bit more but are sure to be worth it.

Sergio Garcia
Odds To Win +2000
Draft Kings $10,500
FanDuel $11,600
The defending champion finished last season strong by placing sixth at the BMW Championship and 14th at the Tour Championship. As a result, he has only missed one cut in his previous eight events. Sergio made the third-highest number of eagles last season, proving he still has the magic touch. The Spaniard was arguably the best player for the European team at the Ryder Cup last week (which wasn’t hard) and therefore brings good form. His putting is a slight concern as it wasn’t the best last season, but as a past winner here, that can be forgiven.
Si Woo Kim
Odds To Win +3500
Draft Kings $9,500
FanDuel $11,100
Kim finished 11th in the season opener two weeks ago and, as a result, came away with the highest birdie average. He, too, played well towards the latter stages of last season, which culminated in a second-place finish at the Wyndham, which, as we know, is good form lines for this tournament. He also previously finished third and fifth at that event, and therefore there is every chance his game will be suited to this course. In addition, he played some steady golf last year, and although he isn’t the best driver of the ball, that shouldn’t matter too much here.

Steady Eddies – These guys should give a good account of themselves but won’t always break the bank to add them to your line-up.

Emiliano Grillo
Odds To Win +6000
Draft Kings $8,700
FanDuel $9,800
Grillo was the complete opposite to both Garcia and Kim and finished the season erratic by either missing the cut or placing inside the top 15, which he did on five separate occasions. However, like Garcia, sometimes his putting does let him down, but apart from that, he has a pretty solid game and has very little chinks in his armor.

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