With just one player inside the world’s top 100 in the field, this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship could be the toughest event of the PGA Tour season to predict, writes Phil Casey.
World number 74 William McGirt heads the entries at the Country Club of Jackson for a tournament which has produced first-time winners in each of the last three years, none of them exactly household names.
Cody Gribble won by four shots last year and has not recorded a single top-10 finish since while Peter Malnati triumphed in 2015 and Nick Taylor was the winner in 2014.
All of which points to a tough task when it comes to picking a winner, with Aaron Baddeley the headline selection in our Sanderson Farms Championship betting tips at what could prove a generous 80/1.
Baddeley looking to end winless streak
Baddeley’s last victory came in an opposite-field event, the Australian winning the Barbasol Championship last year in the same week as the Open at Royal Troon.
His best results since have been a tie for fourth in the Australian Open and fifth in the Texas Open back in April but in a weak field the former world number 16 has the ability to shine.
Next up is American Shawn Stefani, who was second in the Web.com Tour Championship at the start of the month with the kind of low scoring which is likely to be needed in Mississippi.
A closing 78 meant Stefani could only manage a tie for 65th in the Safeway Open on his first start of the wraparound 2017/18 season but he was far from alone in posting a high score on the day and can be backed at 66/1.
Finally, former champion Malnati kicked off his season with a respectable tie for 30th in California and could reward a small bet at 100/1.
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