After a week off for the Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour will resume its 2022-223 season with the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson.
The handicapping for this event is pretty simple. Players need three key skills to succeed at this course: wedge play, putting on Bermuda grass greens, and driving distance. If you have two of those three dialed in, you can contend at the Sanderson. If you excel at all three, you will probably win (just like Sam Burns did a year ago).
Let’s take a look at three players who fit that mold:
Sam Burns $10,700
It’s no surprise that Sam Burns won this event a year ago. He ranks 1st in birdies, 12th in driving distance, 1st in putting, and 4th in wedge play. His results at the Presidents Cup were a bit sporadic but you have to consider that he had a subpar Scottie Scheffler and Billy Horschel, the 11th best U.S. player, as partners. Burns made plenty of birdies in the fourball matches and put up a great fight in singles versus arguably the best player on the International team, Hideki Matsuyama, ultimately halving the match. We have seen in past years how experience in team matches has yielded great success in the events right after. Look for Burns to have a chance to repeat come Sunday.
Davis Riley $9,000
Riley, a Mississippi native, has a strong chance to capture his first victory this week. He is a cheaper version of Sam Burns. He ranks 2nd in birdies, 19th in driving distance, 23rd in putting, and 22nd in wedge play. He is well above average in all of those facets, which should give him a chance to contend this week.
Chesson Hadley $6,800
If you are looking for a dark horse, Chesson Hadley is your man. He ranks 14th in birdies, 34th in driving distance, 7th in putting, and 25th in wedge play. This is a pretty good combination for someone priced this cheap. He has shown upside at this event, finishing 2nd in 2017. His cheap salary allows you to buy up in other spots for players like Burns.