Three days of dominance by the U.S. Ryder Cup team reinvigorated golf’s most passionate fans. Many of those golfers will likely be partying way into the week, and none of them will make the trip to Mississippi, the second leg of the fall circuit. However, one from the international squad will make the trip down from Wisconsin, as defending champion Sergio Garcia will headline the field in Jackson. Many of the new faces to the PGA Tour will be front and center as they begin their career on tour looking for those pivotal early-season FedEx Cup points.
In case you are just out of DFS golf for the first time, here is what you can expect to see in this article:
- Tournament and Format
- Course Commentary
- Course Facts and Figures
- PGA DFS Course Summary and Statistical Comparison
- PGA DFS Preview, including sweat sheet
- Player Preview
Sanderson Farms Championship PGA DFS Preview
This event has served as a stop during this fall swing for a while. Many of the world’s top 10 competed at the Ryder Cup, and none ranked inside the top 20 will make the trip this year. However, there are plenty of golfers ranked Nos. 25-50 and some new names to make a splash. Officially, the Sanderson Farms Championship is in its seventh year at the Country Club of Jackson.
Country Club of Jackson Preview
An original design by Donald Ross with a 2008 redesign, the Country Club of Jackson is a par 72 that measures 7,500 yards. Located in the heartlands, the traditional parkland design does not play long and typically features plenty of birdies, with the winning score averaging around -18. That said, the golfers that have won it come from all ends of the talent spectrum. From long-hitting Cameron Champ to plotter Ryan Armour, one thing is clear: Golfers will have to go low at Jackson Country Club.
Par and Yardage
- Par 72: 7,500 yards
- 26/41: 70.897 average or -1.104
- Four Par 3’s: 181, 214, 223, 168
- 10 Par 4’s: 411, 418, 482, 403, 421, 449, 330, 479, 416
- Four Par 5’s: 571, 612, 554, 584
Grass Types and Hazards
- Grass Type: Champion Bermuda
- Average Green Size: 6,200 square feet
- Water Hazards: 7
- Bunkers: 56
- Rough Length: 2 inches
- Donald Ross: Matt Gogel redesign 2008
Statistical Comparison for Picks
- Off the Tee: This is a challenging track to hit fairways on, as the field last year only hit the fairways 53.49% of the time.
- Approach to the Green: The rough being cut relatively short did not lead to that many missed greens, with them being hit in regulation just shy of 68% of the time last year.
- Around the Green: Missing the green can be rather penal here, as golfers on average were only able to get up and down 62% of the time last year.
- On the Green: Green difficulty is on the average side last year, a little easier than the scrambling numbers.
PGA DFS Sweat Sheet and Slate Preview
DraftKings has put out a different offering this week, with a higher-dollar GPP buy-in at $10 per lineup and a top prize of $100,000. There are plenty of other offerings out there as well.
The course features a drivable par 4 that will yield a few eagles this week. Preceding it is a longer par 5 as well, creating a lot of scoring on those two holes. Those along with the other three par 5’s account for about 45% of the total DraftKings scoring.
Sanderson Farms Championship PGA DFS Player Preview
Sam Burns felt gutted to miss out on the Ryder Cup. Playing some of the best golf of anyone over the last few months, Burns has risen all the way to 25th in the world and is the lowest-ranked player in the field. The PGA Tour’s ironman, Sungjae Im, will start his 2021 season in Mississippi, and he is joined by Will Zalatoris and Corey Conners. Conners led the field in driving accuracy last year, hitting 75% of his fairways over four rounds, but he could not beat out Garcia, the next lowest-ranked player in the field.
Sanderson Farms Championship Strokes Gained Review
This week plenty of golfers will score over 100 points, as 11 were able to last year. Maverick McNealy was the only golfer outside of the top 10 in the tournament to do so. Sticking with the theme of the fall swing, seven of the 15 highest-priced golfers on DraftKings missed the cut, and only Conners finished in the top 20 of the event.
Garcia used his elite ball-striking skills and unique putting style to earn the victory last year while losing strokes around the green for the week. The golfers that finished in the top 10 averaged 1.15 strokes gained putting, the most of any by almost a half a stroke. Off the tee ranked second with an average of 0.70 strokes gained for golfers finishing in the top 10.
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