Golf Tips: Three 50/1+ punts for this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship

Ben Coley from Sporting Life delivers his definitive verdict on the action in Jackson.

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You’ve got a couple of those players in Will Zalatoris and Sam Burns who will have their eyes on the next Ryder Cup side at the top of the market. You could have made the case for either making this one but it just proved a little bit too soon for both. I do like Sam Burns I think he probably deserves to be favourite.

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He’s won since he played in this tournament last year, he’s been third in this tournament before. It’s not too far away from his home, there’s all sort of things in his favour but I’ll be quite honest, I was happy enough to take chances in this event because it is quite a weak field.

Patton Kizzire

The one I really like is Patton Kizzire. He lacks the consistency of Burns and perhaps the skills even, he’s not that sort of calibre, but he has won twice on the PGA tour which says a lot about him.

He’s a really good putter and over the years, prior to Sergio Garcia winning it, the list of champions here is a who’s who of really good putters. Kizzire himself has twice finished in the top 10 of the event. I think it will go to someone of his sort of profile and, given that we know that he’s capable of winning, I thought he was a really good price.

Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk has had an up and down career, he’s had some personal problems and it looked like they might put an end to his career, but he’s fought back and that’s him, he’s a very dogged character. He’s a proven winner as well.

He won this tournament 10 years ago actually, that was his first PGA Tour win. He’s gone on to win better ones. When he won in 2016, Jordan Spieth was snapping at his heels.

He’s a proven performer, he’s played in the President’s Cup, and that gives him an edge here over quite a lot of players who we don’t know if they’re good enough to win on the PGA Tour. I think he’s at the price he is because he putted really badly last time.

But he’ll be really comfortable on the Bermuda greens, he lives in Georgia, and he’ll cope with the conditions. It was easy to forgive his not-great form, but that came in much stronger fields than what we have this week.

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell is my favourite bet on the PGA Tour this week. I think the reason we’re getting the sort of prices being offered is that he’s missed the cut in both of his previous starts in this tournament.

One came a year ago when he was at the low point in his PGA Tour career, the other came in 2017 when he was just starting. He’s never played here when he’s been in good form, well his form right now is two top 10s in his last four starts, one of them in world-class company, so he’s playing much, much better.

This is a much better indication of whether he can play at the course. He’s from the south which is a theme with all of my fancies this tournament. He’s better on Bermuda greens, the grass type that they use at this golf course, he’s a big hitter.

He’s got so many things in his favour. If you just look at a couple of iffy performances at the course so far it puts people off. It’s only four rounds of golf and he’s in a much better place now.

Ben’s Sanderson Farms punts

Patton Kizzire
Chris Kirk
Keith Mitchell

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