PGA Preview: 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship Picks

Up next for the PGA Tour is the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson Mississippi. It’s a second straight week where a weak field could provide a player with their first Tour Win. This week Scottie Scheffler and Louis Oosthuizen come in as the favorites.

Scheffler comes in at +1000 following a strong run at the Tour Championship. He finished 5th five shots behind winner Dustin Johnson. Oosthuizen comes in trailing slightly at +1200 after he finished lone 3rd at the U.S. Open. These are two of the strongest players in the field.

Last week Hudson Swafford took advantage of the lack of big name players to grab his second PGA victory but sits at +8000 – far below the favorites. Last years Sanderson Farms winner, Sebastian Munoz, rounds out the favorites at +2500.

This is a tournament where the opening favorite is at or above +1000. Meaning, there are plenty of PGA value picks out there. Here are the favorites to win the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship outright, coming in at +2500 and below, according to Intertops.


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Scottie Scheffler +1000

Louis Oosthuizen +1200

Sungjae Im +1400

Will Zalatoris +1600

Sam Burns +2500

Sebastian Munoz +2500

2020 Sanderson Farms Championship Preview

Where: Jackson, Mississippi

Course: Country Club of Jackson

Par: 72

Length: 7,460

When: October 1-4, 2020

Purse: $6.6 million

TV Coverage: Golf Channel


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The Country Club of Jackson features a natural setting with open fairways dotted with large trees. The course has undergone many renovations over the years with the latest being by John Faught in 2008 which helped set the layout for current PGA Tournaments.

The course features multiple white-sand bunkers set to defend tight approach shots. Water hazards come into play on a few holes with pond grass along the sides of some fairways. It looks wide open.

However, it does have a reputation for luring players into tight situations. Thus a PGA average of 54% when hitting fairways. Second shots off the fairway and putters will be important this week. Reports indicate average to high roughs with fast greens.

2020 Sanderson Farms Championship Betting Tips

Scottie Scheffler +1000

I’m betting the favorite this week. Scottie Scheffler has had a run of top-25 finishes with three of those being in the Top-five. Scheffler was heading into the U.S. Open with a hot game before withdrawing due to a positive COVID-19 test. He should pick up where he left off.

Will Zalatoris +1600

Will Zalatoris comes into the tournament following two top-ten finishes at the U.S. Open and the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He’s posted solid rounds and is gunning for a more permanent position on the PGA. On the Korn Ferry Tour he’s nailed down a win, a second place and third place finish with ten in the top-ten. Of all of his Korn Ferry Tour events on the 2020 calendar (16) he’s finished outside the 25th spot only twice.

Zack Johnson +3300

This would be a perfect opportunity for Zack Johnson to get his game back on track. Johnson is one of the more seasoned, and winngingest, players in the field. He has 12 Tour wins including the Masters in 2007 and the Open Championship in 2015. At the U.S. Open two weeks ago he showed some of his old self finishing T8.

Others I Like

Cameron Davis + Luke List – Cameron Davis comes into the tournament with five straight below the cut finishes. This course will lend itself to his swing – look for some long drives. I’ve been high on Luke List as one of my value picks over the last few tournaments. He showed signs of putting his complete game together last week with a T8 finish, with Will Zalatoris and Cameron Percy, after playing near the top of the leader board for the last two rounds.


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Sanderson Farms Championship Odds

Scottie Scheffler +1000

Louis Oosthuizen +1200

Sungjae Im +1400

Will Zalatoris +1600

Sam Burns +2500

Sebastian Munoz +2500

Byeong-Hun An +2800

Adam Long +2800

Doc Redman +2800

Brian Harman +3300

Zach Johnson +3300

Corey Conners +3300

Chez Reavie +3300

Dylan Frittelli +4000

Henrik Stenson +4000

Emiliano Grillo +4000

Luke List +4000

Si-Woo Kim +5000

Xinjun Zhang +5000

Carlos Ortiz +5000

Bud Cauley +5000

Lucas Glover +5000

Pat Perez +5000

Patrick Rodgers +5000

Cameron Davis +5000

Charley Hoffman +5000

Denny McCarthy +6600

Chesson Hadley +6600

Sergio Garcia +6600

Sepp Straka +6600

Rafael Cabrera Bello +6600

Matthias Schwab +6600

Charl Schwartzel +6600

Tom Lewis +6600

Hudson Swafford +8000

Kristoffer Ventura +8000

Rory Sabbatini +8000

Russell Knox +8000

Brian Stuard +8000

Cameron Tringale +8000

Brandt Snedeker +8000

Chris Kirk +8000

Talor Gooch +8000

JT Poston +8000

Stewart Cink +8000

Branden Grace +8000

Richy Werenski +8000

Nick Taylor +8000

Cameron Percy +10000

Maverick McNealy +10000

Mark Hubbard +10000

Jason Dufner +10000

Will Gordon +10000

Beau Hossler +10000

Kyle Stanley +10000

Tom Hoge +10000

Adam Schenk +10000

Jhonattan Vegas +10000

Keegan Bradley +10000

J.B. Holmes +10000

Henrik Norlander +12500

Matt Jones +12500

Brice Garnett +12500

Wyndham Clark +12500

Troy Merritt +12500

Scott Harrington +12500

Keith Mitchell +12500

Nate Lashley +12500

Tyler McCumber +15000

Doug Ghim +15000

Davis Riley +15000

Anirban Lahiri +15000

Bo Hoag +15000

Scott Piercy +15000

Bronson Burgoon +15000

Patton Kizzire +15000

Sahith Theegala +15000

Kevin Chappell +15000

Robby Shelton +15000

Aaron Wise +15000

Brandon Hagy +15000

JJ Spaun +15000

Scott Stallings +20000

Peter Malnati +20000

Sean O'Hair +20000

Vincent Whaley +20000

Andrew Putnam +20000

Matthew Nesmith +20000

Robert Streb +20000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +20000

Joseph Bramlett +20000

Rob Oppenheim +20000

Wesley Bryan +20000

Kelly Kraft +20000

Ryan Armour +20000

Nick Watney +20000

Vaughn Taylor +20000

Hank Lebioda +20000

Austin Cook +25000

David Hearn +25000

Sam Ryder +25000

Chris Baker +25000

Kevin Tway +25000

C T Pan +25000

Martin Laird +25000

Roger Sloan +25000

Michael Gligic +25000

Kramer Hickok +25000

Jonathan Byrd +25000

Jim Herman +25000

Jimmy Walker +25000

Chase Seiffert +25000

Sung Kang +25000

Tim Wilkinson +25000

Fabian Gomez +25000

Scott Brown +30000

Sebastian Cappelen +30000

Mark Anderson +30000

D J Trahan +30000

Chris Stroud +30000

Zac Blair +30000

Aaron Baddeley +30000

Camilo Villegas +30000

Bill Haas +30000

Grayson Murray +30000

Jamie Lovemark +30000

Luke Donald +30000

Satoshi Kodaira +30000

William McGirt +35000

Brian Gay +40000

K J Choi +40000

Ted Potter +40000

Hunter Mahan +50000

Bo Van Pelt +50000

Greg Chalmers +50000

Michael Kim +50000

Kevin Stadler +50000

Martin Trainer +50000

D.A. Points +75000

Isaiah Jackson +75000

Kyle Ramey +100000

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