I don’t know how you cannot love the Ryder Cup. Everything about it is just special from the players letting their hair down to the smack talk between the two teams. While the results last week in Rome were not what we would have liked, it was still a spectacular display of golf on both sides. Congrats to the European team on taking back to cup from the United States, but I feel like it’s going to be a different story when it comes to Bethpage Black in 2025.
We are going to see a lot of weak fields during the fall portion of the PGA Tour season. It’s that time of year when a lot of the big names spend time with their families especially after last week’s Ryder Cup. We will see a lot of every week grinders who need to tee it up consistently to keep their Tour Card.
The PGA Tour is now back to its regularly scheduled programming with the Sanderson Farms Championship. This event has been on the PGA Tour rotation since 1994. This will be a full field tournament with 144 players competing in Jackson, Mississippi at the Country Club of Jackson which is a stock par 72 measuring out 7,461 yards. We’ve got defending champion Mackenzie Hughes returning after his playoff victory over Sepp Straka in 2022. One player from last week’s Ryder Cup will actually play this weekend, Ludvig Aberg will tee it up in Mississippi. Despite the strength of this field, we will see lots of birdies, the last six winners of the Sanderson Farms have come in at -17, -22, -19, -18, -21, and -19. The winner will have to go low consistently through all four rounds to claim victory.
If you’ve read my work, you know how important Strokes Gained: Approach is when it comes to picking players. While it will be in the mix this week as always, I’ll be putting a little more weight behind Strokes Gained: Off the Tee because of the course. Length will be an advantage because these fairways are not hard to land. When you look at some of the recent winners and their driving abilities the importance is obvious. 2021 winner Sam Burns finished that season 24th in Driving Distance, Sergio Garcia won in 2020 and finished that season 3rd in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, 2018 winner Cameron Champ and finished that season 6th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee. These players can bomb away because the fairways are very forgiving. Greens in regulation will be a key stat knowing these guys need to go low. Putting is always important but when you look at the tournament history, we’ve seen guys finish middle of the pack and still have success.
The weather should be alright for most of the week but they are calling for rain on Friday morning. The positive to the rain is it will cool things off for the weekend. It’ll start in the high 80s but dip into the mid-70s on Saturday and Sunday.
Good Luck this weekend.