Sanderson Farms Championship Fantasy Preview
By Rocco Minsk For those who absolutely positively must have a cut line, Draft Kings’ “alternate event is the Sanderson Farms Championship from Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. The course, in its fourth year of hosting tournament, is a medium distance par 72, measuring at 7,354 yards. Although seemingly every hole has some kind of water hazard close to play, the course plays like a moderately easy course. The cutline is usually around one or two under par and the winner comes in around 16 to 20-under par. Although the course can be tamed by many types, based on last year’s numbers, nearly all of the top golfers on the leaderboard were in the top ten in strokes gained off the tee, which is what I am targeting here.
The field is as you would expect when the world’s top golfers are elsewhere. When a recent Web.com graduate is the top golfer in the field based on Draft Kings price, that tells you all you need to know. Here I will highlight some decent options for the week in a field with golfers that you may not recognize.
Jason Kokrak ($11400) Kokrak is one of the best drivers in the field and is tops in the field in SGOTT in 2017. His 17th place at the Safeway Open follows a 2017 where he made eight of his last ten cuts.
Bronson Burgoon ($9800) In the absence of detailed stats from the Web.com tour, recent form becomes a deciding factor with many of these golfers. Burgoon was in the mix at Safeway until a final round 74 dropped him back on the leaderboard. Burgoon has played this event before, logging a top-20 finish last year
Kevin Streelman ($9700) I believe that Streelman is actually the best golfer in this field and he is priced well below the top option. He has won twice on Tour and has better success against weaker fields. He finished in the top-20 here last year and was solid off the tee at the Safeway Open, an improvement off of his usual middle of the pack numbers.
Harris English ($8500) Two golfers in this range may get some play based on name recognition alone and those are English and Daniel Summerhays and Summerhays is in dreadful form. English also has two victories, but had a terrible 2017 season, which is why the golfer who previously golfed in majors is in this spot this week. From a class perspective, he is a cut below Streelman.
Tyrone Van Aswegen ($8200) Van Aswegen was previously the winner of the Brendon De Jonge Award (make cuts, but nothing else) but has been quietly creeping leaderboards of recent with two top-20 finishes at the end of last season and a 9th place at Safeway where he was 6th in the field in SGOTT
Richy Werenksi ($8100) Werenski’s mini-boomlet ended at the CIMB Classic with a 63rd place finish, but remember that it started last summer with with an 18th and a 2nd place finish in the weak field events, similar to the quality of this one. Werenski seems to be knocking at the door and has one of the better recent track records in this field.
Robert Garrigus ($7600) A long hitter who struggles with the flat-stick, Garrigus similarly played well in the late-season weak field events. His game should play well here and given his name, I would have expected his price to be higher here.
Smylie Kaufman ($7500) Kaufman frustrated DFS players all season long with a subpar season, but showing enough flash to such golfers in before returning to the suck. Here, Kaufman has the length to put up a good showing on this course.
Peter Malnati ($7300) There are two reasons why I am playing Malnati this week. First, he won on this track back in 2015. Second, he is a cut maker with eight straight cuts made in a row to end last season – a cut maker with winning upside is a good deal at this price.
Benjamin Silverman ($7100) Silverman’s season-ending form on the Web.com tour was ratified by his made cut at Safeway where he finished 43rd. The Canadian had four top-10 finishes in a row last summer.
Stephen Jaeger ($7000) The German played two PGA events last year, including a made cut at the U.S. Open. He had a slow finish on the Web.com tour, but won twice midseason.