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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sanderson Farms Championship - Preview & Power Rankings

We will combine all of our efforts for the Sanderson Farms Championship into one post, including power rankings, preview and one-and-done. It's not a slight on the tournament, rather a byproduct of what two tournaments (one being a major) does to my schedule.

A couple of things about the dynamics of the Sanderson Farms Championship. While it's not always been opposite The Open Championship, it's never enjoyed a particularly good spot on the schedule. Due to that, the fields are generally weak top-to-bottom, but good players have found ways to win at Annandale GC. Notably, Luke Donald and Chris Kirk each picked up their first trophy here and Bill Haas won his second tournament here.

Annandale is a relatively short 7,202 par 72, so expect low numbers. The weather looks to feature a chance of thunderstorms each day with temps in the low 90s. A typical summer day in the South.

Here's your top 12 this week:

  1. Chris Kirk - He won here in 2011 and posted a very respectable T10 last year. He's right at the top of the class of the field.
  2. Heath Slocum - Depends on what you are looking for, but Slocum is about as safe of a pick to see the weekend as you will find. He's 10/11 with a win in 2005. 
  3. Jonathan Byrd - This is a stop he tends to make more out of necessity than anything, but a 4/4 record with three top 10s and two top 5s and coming off a decent week at TPC Deere Run make him a solid choice.
  4. William McGirt - He's trending here, with a T27 in his first trip in 2011 and a T5 in 2012.
  5. Brendon de Jonge - Another guy likely to at least see the weekend, he's 4/4 with a T3 on the resume.
  6. Chad Campbell - His 2013 season hasn't been his best (in fact, it may be his worst), but he's feasted in Mississippi with a win, a runner-up and a fourth. The win was in 2007.
  7. Matt Every - He has no history here, but he's a guy that can take it low when he gets it rolling. A risky pick, but worth a look.
  8. Charles Howell III - More of a nod to class than form or history, he's made each of his three cuts here but never cracked a top 20.
  9. Chris Stroud - He's 4/5 here with a T5 in 2010. Given his run at the Travelers a few weeks back, it's entirely possible that he has a big week this time around.
  10. David Toms - He's 6/7 here with one top 10 and three top 25s. Easy to trust his pedigree near his home state of Louisiana.
  11. D.J. Trahan - A course horse, he's won here and added a pair of other top 10s including a third. Only missed one cut in six trips.
  12. Martin Flores - In his only start, he tied for 20th in 2010. He's been playing well of late.
For my one-and-done, I'm going chalky with Chris Kirk.

If I can help you further here, feel free to email. I'm going to assume most of the attention isn't here.

Best of luck!

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