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PGA Tour - Golf: Sanderson Farms Championship preview

27 September 2022 09:41:55 EST
The Sanderson Farms Championship is a great chance for players to make their name

The PGA Tour kicks back into gear in Mississippi with the second tournament of the new 2022/23 campaign, the Sanderson Farms Championship.

After a week's break when the United States triumphed over the International team at the Presidents Cup, regulation play returns in Jackson.

Sam Burns is the only member of Davis Love III's victorious team to be teeing it up at the Country Club of Jackson and he will be defending the title he claimed 12 months ago.

Many of the game's big names will be sitting this one out, but it is a great opportunity for some of the lesser lights and recent graduates from the Korn Ferry Tour to claim some valuable FedEx Cup points.

What:Sanderson Farms Championship
Where:Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
When:Thursday 29th September - Sunday 2nd October 2022
How to watch:Live on Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Main Event and on bet365 Live Golf Tracker (holes four & 13)
Odds:Sam Burns 10/1, Sahith Theegala 20/1, JT Poston 25/1, Russell Henley 25/1, Scott Stallings 25/1, Denny McCarthy 25/1

Previous winners

Sam Burns broked the 72-hole course record to triumph at last year's Sanderson Farms but his winning margin was just one shot ahead of Nick Watney and Cameron Young.

Apart from the defending champion, Ryan Armour is the most recent Jackson winner taking his place in the field this week, five years after he celebrated a five-shot success at the Mississippi venue.

Previous winners Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati and Nick Taylor are also included among this week's 144-man field.

Course details

The course, which is a 7,461 par 72, was designed in 1962 and made its debut on the PGA Tour in 2014.

There are four par-fives but the third is the only one that players are likely to be able to reach in two on a traditional course with tree-lined fairways.

The most notable component is the slick greens, so solid putters should be able to make their presence felt on the leaderboard.

Otherwise, it should be a straightforward assignment for players of this quality, with 16-under-par being the highest score to have been triumphant since the tournament was first played at the venue.

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Three to follow

Scott Stallings - 25/1

Scott Stallings was sixth in this tournament two years ago and is undergoing a bit of a renaissance as he goes in search of his first PGA Tour victory since a triumph at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2014.

He has two other tour titles to his name and he demonstrated his ability well in the recent BMW Championship when he came second in an elite field during the battle for the FedEx Cup.

That result was not a flash in the pan. He was eighth at the Travelers Championship in June, fourth at the John Deere Classic and 10th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, so he looks perfectly capable of putting up a bold bid this week.

Justin Suh - 60/1

Justin Suh is another player who has been making great waves on the Korn Ferry Tour and he can make his presence felt in Jackson.

The 25-year-old missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship, but he won the KFT Championship in his previous outing, which was his eighth top-15 finish in ten outings at that level.

This excellent iron player has the potential to be a star now he has got his hands on a PGA Tour card and he should be confident that he can put up a decent display. 

Robby Shelton - 80/1

Many of the big stars are easing their way towards the end of the year, so these autumn tournaments are a great chance for lesser lights to make their mark and Robby Shelton is one such candidate.

Shelton has won four times on the Korn Ferry Tour, and two of those triumphs came in June and August this year. He also carded a runner-up spot in July.

The standard of this week's field would not represent a massive step up the ladder and he performed well at the Fortinet Championship two weeks ago, where he finished 21st.

The man from Alabama has put in some of his best performances in the south and he could also take confidence from a decent spin in this tournament three years ago, when he finished 28th.

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