Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, PGA DFS Video w/ Frank and I
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event.
Event: Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Thursday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd
Course: Country Club of Jackson
Field: 144 players
Cut: 65 and ties
Past Winners: Garcia (2020), Munoz (2019), Champ (2018), Armour (2017), Gribble (2016)
- Thursday-Sunday: 4pm-7pm EST (Golf Channel) plus PGA Tour Live
- Country Club of Jackson is a par 72 measuring just beyond 7,400 yards that features 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s.
- Par 5s (583, 595, 543, 587): the field averages 1.4 birdies or better on par 5s per round so you will need to take advantage of these holes. Historically, scoring per hole is 25% more important on par 5s than par 3s or 4s on this course. What does that mean? Par 5s are how the leaders end up distinguishing themselves from the field.
- Par 3s (188, 188, 223, 153) Even though these aren’t the longest of par 3s you will see on Tour, all 4 holes rank in the top 9 most difficult holes on the course.
- Par 4s: Only 3 of the 10 par 4s are beyond 450 yards which means players will be able to have a lot of short irons and wedges into the greens.
- The course plays fairly easy as the winning score each of the last 6 years has been between -18 and -21
- Off the Tee:
- There is an edge to be had this week off the tee. Players who have length off the tee will have the advantage. The four par 5s will all be reachable for the long hitters, which is an easy way to get easy birdies.
- The fairways here are wider than Tour average and the rough isn’t awful so accuracy isn’t a requirement.
- Approach Shots:
- This will be an important area this week specifically shots inside 150 yards.
- The greens this week are Bermuda grass and faster than Tour average (12.5 on the stimpmeter)
- Putting is the 2nd most important stat this week behind approach play
- Around the Green:
- We typically see a larger number of greens hit in regulation here compared to a normal Tour event. As such, there is a decreased importance on around the green game as that only accounts for about 11% of strokes gained per round.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- There are 3 paths to victory at this course:
- Elite driver with a hot putter
- Elite wedge player with a hot putter
- Elite driver and wedge player with average putting (if someone somehow has all 3 parts going they will run away with the event)
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Approach
- 150 yards or less is the most important area
- Strokes Gained Putting
- Par 5 Scoring
- All 4 of the par 5s will be reachable for the long hitters so players will need to make birdies on these holes.
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained off the Tee
- Strokes Gained around the green
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and PGA DFS Video with Frank and I.