The PGA Tour resumes after a break for the Ryder Cup with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi at the Country Club of Jackson with defending champion Sergio Garcia in the field.
Garcia is the only player who competed at Whistling Straits playing this week following his 3-1-1 performance in Europe’s 19-9 loss to the United States in the Ryder Cup, after which he also won the inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin Award.
Corey Conners had his best career season on the PGA Tour in 2021 despite failing to grab his second Tour win
Garcia birdied his final hole in 2020 for a 19 under the total of 269 to avoid a playoff with Peter Malnati, who shot a closing 63 to jump into contention at 18 under par 270. The Country Club of Jackson is a par 72 layout that plays at 7,461 yards with a tournament record of 21 under par 267 by Cameron Champ in 2018.
Because of the spot this tournament holds on the PGA Tour schedule, it’s generally a good spot for players looking to grab FedEx Cup points to take advantage of a field that generally lacks the top players.
Sam Burns, who won his first PGA Tour event in 2021 on his way to an 18th place finish in the FedEx Cup, is the favorite with odds of +1400, followed at +1600 by Sungjae Im, Corey Conners, and Will Zalatoris, who finished tied for 11th in the season-opening Fortinet Championship two weeks ago.
Garcia is at +2000, along with Charley Hoffman, Cameron Tringale, who finished 22nd in the opening event is at +2500, and the third-place finisher in the Fortinet, Mito Pereira, has odds of +2800.
Other players in the field coming off top-ten finishes in the Fortinet are Talor Gooch (t4) at +4000, Patrick Rodgers (t6) at +5000, Scott Stallings (t6) with odds of +6000, and John Augenstein (t6) at +10000. Former PGA champion Keegan Bradley has odds of +3000 along with Si Woo Kim, Matthew Wolff is at +4000, and former U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland is at +5000.
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Will Zalatoris, who made his popular Tour debut in 2020, was able to earn exempt status with his play last year and earned his first FedEx Cup points at the Fortinet Championship.
The talented 25-year-old out of Wake Forest is a star in the making, and it should only be a matter of time until he gets his first Tour victory, which could come this week at an event known for its list of first-time winners.
In only seven Tour events in 2021, Mito Pereira made a big impression with back to back top ten finishes in the Barbasol Championship and the 3M Open, which he immediately followed up with a tie for fourth place in the Olympics as one of seven unsuccessful players in the playoff for the bronze medal.
Pereira has a lot of game and should come into his own during the upcoming 2022 campaign following a strong third-place finish to start the season.
Corey Conners had his best career season on the PGA Tour in 2021 despite failing to grab his second Tour win. The 29-year-old Canadian had eight top-ten finishes, including a tie for eighth in the Northern Trust playoff event, and only failed to make the cut in four of his 29 starts, completing the season at 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings.