The fourth event of the 2020/21 PGA season goes off at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi with the Sanderson Farms Championship set to tee off this week. While the competition has been held since 1968, it is often run in the same week as a bigger tournament and we get a weakened field as a result.
This year, it’s a standalone event and, while the big names have yet to return following the US Open a fortnight ago, it’s a stronger declaration than we saw in the Dominican Republic last time out. That should make things easier to call so let’s see if we can get back to profitable ways with our Sanderson Farms Championship predictions and preview.
Having been forced to sit out the US Open, Scottie Scheffler will be eager to get his season underway and, as the highest ranked golfer in attendance, he is the clear favorite with the finest of the American sportsbooks. Scheffler is available at 10/1 in many places and, after a positive 2019/20, he could offer some good value at that figure.
Scheffler’s last six outings produced six top 25s and three top 5s so the form is there to back up his placing at the top of the outrights.
Last year’s runner up Sungjae Im is a joint second favorite along with Louis Oosthuizen who enjoyed a solid four days at the US Open. Im agonisingly missed out after a playoff with eventual Sanderson Farms Champion Sebastian Munoz and is also in decent touch following a solo 22nd at Winged Foot.
Like the two joint second favorites, Will Zalatoris can also be found at 14/1 in places while others have him out as high as 18/1. Zalatoris’ star is certainly rising and he backed up that breakthrough at the US Open with a tie for eighth on Sunday.
Also in this pack is Sam Burns, who tied for third in this tournament two years ago while defending champion Sebastian Munoz is on the fringes of this section at around 30/1. Munoz came right through the pack with a 63 on the third day last year and, while this remains his only win on Tour, he has the quality to mount a successful defense in this type of field.
The outside bunch contains a number of star names and, while their best years may be behind them, there could well be a comeback win this week. Included in this category are Major winners including Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson who will be eager to show that they can still compete on Tour. At best industry odds of around 70/1, Garcia has the longest price of those three but he is the most recent Major winner and will surely rediscover his touch at some point.
In the mix are promising youngsters including Tom Lewis and Dylan Fritelli and they are joined by a number of players who have been former favorites of USAbetting. Brandt Snedeker, JB Holmes, Pat Perez and Kevin Chappell have delivered top 10 finish profits in the past and they will all come onto our radar once again.
It is a mixed field and, while the big names are absent, there is a good combination of experience and young potential but what will it take to win at Jackson CC and how will our 2020 Sanderson Farms predictions unfold?
Our Preview’s Sanderson Farms Championship Predictions 2020, Betting Picks & Course Trends
The Country Club of Jackson has played host to the Sanderson Farms Championship since 2014. At a lengthy par 72 of 7400 yards, there can be some clear advantage for the power hitters in many places around the course.
In 2019, the course average was a tick under 71 and it should yield some low scoring once again. The par 5s are, however, long and tough and it is notable that Sebastian Munoz ranked fifth in par 5 scoring last year. This is where crucial shots will be picked up while Bermuda Grass greens at 13.5 on the Stimp suggest that the winner will also be in top form with the flatstick.
The last time we saw a repeat winner of this tournament was in 2004 when Fred Funk completed a personal double. The fields change much from year to year so multiple champions can be rare and there isn’t too much encouragement for backers of Sebastian Munoz.
It is such a tough call and we could see another long-odds winner but we’re drawn to Sam Burns for the outright winner pick this week. He has that solid record on this course and is just lacking the consistency to put four good rounds together. Burns has the game and if he can address the type of slump that put him out of contention in the Dominican Republic, there are few in this field that could touch him.
It may be another week where top 10 finish options are hard to nail but, if the props do come in then you can add three more experienced campaigners to your betslip. These are our Sanderson Farms Championship predictions and picks for USAbetting’s preview: