2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Tips
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Event Info
Starts: 5th October 2023
Course: Country Club of Jackson, MS
Length: 7,461 yards
2022 Champion: Mackenzie Hughes
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Course Info
Course Designer: John Fought (heavy Donald Ross influence)
Tournament played here since: 2014
Type of Course: Inland, parkland course
Fairways: Reasonably wide
Greens: Small and Tricky Bermuda greens
Par 5's: 3rd, 5th, 11th and 14th
Premium on: Driving
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
It's early in a new season on the PGA Tour so some players may be playing with a fresh mindset.
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Weather Forecast
A dry lead up to the tournament should mean the course plays firm.
Light rain in the afternoon. Wind 5-7mph.
Light rain in the morning. Wind 5-7mph.
Sunny. Max wind 9mph
Sunny. Max wind 8mph
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Trends
The nine previous editions of the Sanderson Farms Championship have been won with scores ranging between -16 and -22.
Of the last eight winners, only Sam Burns and Sebastian Munoz had anything remotely resembling previous course form. Prior to Mackenzie Hughes winning last year, Munoz was the only winner to have made the cut in the year prior, having placed 50th in 2018. Five of the nine winners have been course debutants.
Six of the last nine champions had recorded at least one top 25 finish in their previous two starts. Look to those players who played well at the Fortinet Championship a few weeks ago.
Previous PGA Tour Winners
Six of the last nine winners have been first time winners on the PGA Tour. Given we've had winners such as Peter Malnati and Cody Gribble in recent times, it's definitely an event to consider outsiders.
Korn Ferry Tour
Four of the last nine champions had only just graduated to the PGA Tour from the Korn Ferry Tour. Note - there were no Korn Ferry Tour graduates in 2020 due to Covid.
Six of the nine course winners have been in their twenties.
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Trends Shortlist
Using the information above, we have taken into acount the three most relevant trends to establish a shortlist of potential winners. The trends used were:
Age: Under 30
First Time PGA Tour Winner
Recent Form: At least one top 25 in last two starts
The players who meet the above three criteria are:
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Stats Analysis
Five of the past seven winners ranked inside the top 10 for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee. Ryan Armour won in 2017 despite ranking 39th SG: Off The Tee.
Each of the past seven winners has ranked inside the top 21 for Strokes Gained: Approach.
Neither Strokes Gained: Around the Green nor Scrambling stats give us any insight - there have been mixed results.
Burns and Sergio Garcia won in 2020 and 2021 with modest putting displays but most winners here putt well. Hugehs was 16th last year in SG: Putting.
2023 Sanderson Farms Championship In Play Advice
The 6th is the toughest on the front nine. On the back nine, 10 and 16 are the trickiest.
The par 5s all play under par and the 15th is a driveable par 4.
Fast or Slow Start
Four of the past nine champions have started with rounds of -3 or worse. Cody Gribble actually started with a round of one over par in 2016 and Mackenzie Hughes was five shots back after round one last year.
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