With just three players 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 76 Dylan Frittelli heads the entries at the Country Club of Jackson for a tournament which has produced first-time winners in each of the last four years, none of them exactly household names.
Cody Gribble won by four shots in 2016 and has not recorded a single top-10 finish since, while Peter Malnati triumphed in 2015 and Nick Taylor was the winner in 2014.
Last year, it was 41-year-old Ryan Armour’s turn to claim a breakthrough PGA Tour win at the 105th attempt and with that in mind we’ll steer clear of the top of the market and try to pick out a big-priced winner.
And first up we’ll gamble on the aptly-named Jhonattan Vegas having something to prove after visa issues prevented the Venezuelan from contesting the PGA Tour’s Asian swing over the last fortnight.
Vegas began his season with a mediocre tie for 53rd in the Safeway Open but was fourth on his only previous start in Jackson and can be backed in the each-way market at 50/1.
With so many of the game’s biggest names contesting the WGC event in Shanghai, this week represents a great chance for Web.com graduates to make their mark on the PGA Tour and our next selection is one of the those players in Wyndham Clark.
Clark shared the lead after an opening 66 last year and eventually finished 17th, while he recorded four top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour in 2018 to suggest he could repay a small interest at odds of 125/1 each-way.
And finally, Germany’s Stephan Jaeger has shown he can produce the kind of low scoring which is likely to be needed to win this week, most famously when shooting rounds of 58, 65, 64 and 63 to win the Ellie Mae Classic in 2016.
Jaeger won for the fourth time on the Web.com Tour in 2018 and despite a missed cut in the Safeway Open he can be backed in the each-way market at 100/1.
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