Sanderson Farms Championship Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions: Driving Distance A Significant Advantage
Welcome to the PGA Tour swing Season…aka LongshotSZN! The familiar Country Club of Jackson once again plays host to the Sanderson Farms Championship. It naturally feels a little subdued after the pure adrenaline week that was the Ryder Cup. Still, these types of events, on the heels of potentially some fatigue from the average DFS Player, can present unique opportunities for those who put in the work.
The course this week doesn’t have much of an intimidation factor. It is not overly long, the fairways and rough are quite generous, and players will have plenty of opportunities to score with short irons/wedges in hand. We have seen a unique mix of past winners between bombers and plotters. Ultimately, any time a course is rendered defenseless by PGA Tour players, it’s going to come down to making putts, particularly on the somewhat tricky Bermuda-grass greens in Jackson.
With above-average fairway widths and tempered rough, I expect Driving Distance to be a significant advantage this week for those with that asset. It’s not the only path, but certainly, a shorter one that we saw Cameron Champ and Sergio Garcia navigate. I’m also going to hone in on SG: Approach from targeted ranges like 100-125 & 125-150 yards. Lastly, I’ll utilize my normal lean into Course History and look into players that tend to see putting spikes on Bermuda grass.
Sanderson Farms Championship Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions
10k+ Range: Corey Connors $10,100
Look, this isn’t the US Open. The separation between the top 5 players in the field is minimal, in my opinion. I make them all relatively equal in terms of win equity, so the move is to take the savings in price. It’s not like Connors is a slouch. He’s the best iron player in the bunch. He’s shown the ability to be consistently closer with his wedges, and if there were ever a week for the putter to “pop,” it is most likely to come on Bermuda grass which is his best putting surface.
9k Range: Charley Hoffman $9,000
Once again, bottom-feeding the range, but I feel great about rolling out the Chuck-wagon. Back-to-back top 25’s at this event, including a 6th place, finish last year, Hoffman ranks near the top in the field in multiple stat categories. He’s top 10 in Approach, GIR, Birdies or Better, and SG: Total at this course. The forgiveness in place for errant tee shots should free him up to swing away without consequence and rely on his short irons for quality opportunities.
8k Range: Aaron Wise $8,300
Wise really came into form during the late summer (by his standards), making the cut in every event he has played since May. What I like are his birdie rates, which are best in the field over the last 24 rounds. For a young player, he has a lot of solid course history here, with this marking the 5th time he has played the Sanderson. He is also top 15 in both key approach ranges (100-125 and 125-150), and I think he circle’s tournaments like this as an excellent chance to get his second PGA Tour win.
7k Range: Luke List $7,500
I backed List at the Fortinet, and he just couldn’t get anything going with the putter all week. Since we are back at the course that I witnessed Sergio hooping 20 footers with his eyes closed last year, I’m more bullish he could finally drain a couple this week! Back-to-back top 5’s in July would indicate the form is close by. List has been on a heater from T2G, and he packs the Distance to take this place apart.
6k Range: Denny McCarthy $6,600
I must have one guy who can really roll the rock, right? He has been abysmal off the tee but has found some comfort around this track with three consecutive top 20 finishes. In addition, Denny has been the best putter on the PGA Tour for a lengthy run now, particularly on Bermuda. His ability to have an elite asset eventually has to propel him to success one of these weeks, with the other parts of his game finally clicks.
Good luck this week friends!