Sanderson Farms Championship Predictions
The Sanderson Farms Championship is the 2nd PGA Tour event of the season. Find out what our golf expert handicappers are suggesting with their picks and analysis for the Mississippi action.
Key Stat: Mullinax is ranked 32nd in Par 5 Scoring Average and 26th in Birdie Average
- Mullinax concluded the prior season in great shape after winning the Barbasol Championship in July
- He was also 12th in the BMW Championship and a 5th in the St Jude Championship at TPC Southwind
My #1 pick for the upcoming week is Trey Mullinax. The 30-year-old is from Alabama, where he was born, raised, and went to college. What does that mean? This week’s location is Mississippi, so Mullinax will feel at home.
That didn’t show initially, but that was mostly because Mullinax wasn’t as mature as now. He did, however, finish fourth the year prior after shooting 70-66-64-68, two strokes behind champion Burns. Last year, he said, “Without a doubt” when asked if knowing the area was useful. “Because I grew up in such a wild and natural environment, I like them. These greens are some of the best out there for sure.”
Mullinax is ranked 32nd in Par 5 Scoring Average and 26th in Birdie Average; those clearly demonstrate that he can perform in similar circumstances. Mullinax concluded the prior season in great shape after winning the Barbasol Championship in July, giving him his maiden PGA Tour triumph. After his success, he followed up with a 12th in the BMW Championship and a 5th in the St Jude Championship at TPC Southwind, which correlates well as it is a southeast Bermuda course.
Mullinax had average overall putting statistics but placed sixth in SG: Putting. At this high price, it is worth punting on the somewhat local guy.
Key Stat: Hubbard finished 13th in the John Deere, 3rd at the Barbasol, and 4th at the Barracuda
- Hubbard showed last season that there are alternative ways to strike the ball by finishing 14th in Par 5 Scoring
- He shot a 23 at Barbasol and Barracuda, and he will like playing a hot Bermuda course
Hubbard gave us a good performance in California by shooting a Saturday 67 and finishing 9th with 18 holes to play. Tied 21st was a commendable performance, but Sunday proved to be the wrong day. He was chosen for this week’s bets in large part due to a run in July that saw him finish 13th in the John Deere, 3rd at the Barbasol, and 4th at the Barracuda.
The reason for these odds this week is due to his course form of 51-54-MC-MC, with the first two times that were in 2014 and 2015 and the latter two in 2019 and 2020.
Hubbard has a chance to win in this scenario. The 33-year-old is a short hitter, but he showed last season that there are alternative ways to strike the ball by finishing 14th in Par 5 Scoring. He has placed 50th and 52nd in SG: Putting in the last two campaigns and last time seen at the Fortinet, he ended 14th for SGP.
Hubbard also scored many birdies, which might be down to his new Texas residence. He shot a 23 at Barbasol and Barracuda, and he will like playing a hot Bermuda course. Overall, he looks like a very decent second option for this week’s golf wagers.