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Adam Long (USA) 33/1 – Bet £5EW PP 8PL

Zach Johnson (USA) 35/1 – Bet £5EW PP 8PL

Cameron Percy (AUS) 100/1 – Bet £5EW  PP 8PL

Sam Burns (USA) 28/1 – Bet £5EW WH 8PL

Patrick Rodgers (USA) 66/1 – Bet 5EW WH 8PL

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The First Look: Sanderson Farms Championship

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The PGA TOUR returns to the United States this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship

Past FedExCup winners Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker headline a field that also includes past PGA TOUR Rookies of the Year Sungjae Im and Scottie Scheffler. Sebastián Muñoz, who finished eighth in last season’s FedExCup standings, will defend in Mississippi.

FIELD NOTES: Scheffler is returning to action after testing positive for COVID-19 before the U.S. Open… Muñoz will defend his maiden TOUR title… Davis Riley, who has won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, is in the field on a sponsor exemption. Riley is a native of Mississippi… Recent Sanderson Farms winners including Ryan Armour, Peter Malnati, and Nick Taylor are all looking to reclaim some magic at the Country Club of Jackson… There are nine major champions in the field in Mississippi, including Sergio Garcia… Stewart Cink, a major winner himself who won the first event of the 2020-21 season at the Safeway Open, is back in action… Another past FedExCup champion, Bill Haas, is in the field on a sponsor exemption… Luke Donald won the 2002 Sanderson Farms Championship for his first TOUR victory and will tee it up again this year in Mississippi.

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 FedExCup points. 

COURSE: Country Club of Jackson; par 72, 7,461 yards (yardage subject to change). This is the seventh time the Country Club of Jackson will play host to the Sanderson Farms Championship. Eighteen of the 27 holes were redesigned by John Fought in 2008. He incorporated design elements from Donald Ross, notably small and tricky greens. 

STORYLINES: This is the second year in a row the Sanderson Farms Championship will offer full FedExCup points to the winner…The last six winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship have been first-time TOUR victors…Sungjae Im will look to avenge his playoff loss from a year ago… Former college stars Sahith Theegala and Matthias Schwab are looking to once again gain valuable TOUR experience this week. Isaiah Jackson is in the field as the reigning Mississippi Amateur champion. 

72-HOLE RECORD: 263, Dan Halldorson (1986 at Hattiesburg GC). CC of Jackson record: 267, Cameron Champ (2018) 

18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Keith Clearwater (2nd round, 1996 at Annandale GC). CC of Jackson record: 62, Roberto Castro (1st round, 2015). 

2019 ReCap: Muñoz topped Im, the reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, in a playoff at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship to notch his first TOUR victory. After firing a sizzling 63 in the third round, Munoz birdied the par-4 18th to force a playoff. His closing-hole birdie matched Im’s 18-under-par total. Im shot a Sunday 66. Muñoz made par on the first playoff hole to secure the win. Byeong Hun An finished third, one shot back of the playoff. Kevin Streelman and Carlos Ortiz, Munoz’s former collegiate teammate, rounded out the top five.

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Sam Horsfield (ENG) 35/1 – Bet £5EW  PP 8PL

Gavin Green (MAS) 66/1 – Bet £5EW SB 8PL

Gavin Green (MAS) 6/1 – Top Ten Bet £5 – Odds could change 

Connor Syme (SCO) 70/1 – Bet £5EW SB 8PL

Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 200/1 – Bet £3EW PP 8PL

J Lagergren (SWE) 50/1 – Bet £5EW SB 8PL

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Stars align at Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

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Bernd Wiesberger will be joined by a field which includes seven Major Champions, more than 20 former Ryder Cup players, and a host of homegrown stars, when he defends his Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title at The Renaissance Club from October 1-4.

Joining the Austrian, who won two Rolex Series events in 2019, will be the reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry, double Major winner Martin Kaymer, 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett.

Former Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood will also tee it up alongside fellow Ryder Cup heroes Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, while the 2021 Ryder Cup Captain and three-time Major winner, Padraig Harrington, and victorious 2018 Captain, Thomas Bjørn, will also be in the field at the East Lothian venue.

The 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie is amongst a strong Scottish contingent that includes the current highest ranked home favourite in the Official World Golf Ranking, Robert Macintyre, the leading Scot in the field from the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, David Drysdale, and four-time European Tour winners Stephen Gallacher and Marc Warren, the latter becoming the most recent Scottish winner with his triumph at the 2020 Austrian Open.

Amongst the players aiming to de-rail their bid to become the first Scottish winner of the event since Colin Montgomerie in 1999 are a host of European Tour winners, including five-time champion Matt Fitzpatrick, 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open winner Brandon Stone, and Frenchman Victor Perez, who claimed his first European Tour title in Scotland, the Home of Golf, at last season’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will be the second Rolex Series event on the reshaped 2020 Race to Dubai, and the first since the resumption of the season. It takes place for the second consecutive year at The Renaissance Club – which was founded in 2008 and nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth.

The event will also be played in front of a limited number of spectators as the European Tour trials the return of fans to its events, with all revenue from ticket sales to be donated to Official Charity Partner SAMH, Scotland’s national mental health charity.

The controlled return of a strictly limited number of spectators follows the European Tour’s policy of playing events behind closed doors since the full resumption of the season in August, and will see the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open join a series of pilot sporting and cultural events being considered in Scotland, to help support the return of fans when it is safe to do so. 

The 650 spectators per day on the weekend will be limited to daily general access ticket holders from Edinburgh and the Lothians. All previous ticket purchasers have been contacted to advise that their tickets will be automatically refunded, with those from Edinburgh and the Lothians given priority access to repurchase the limited number of tickets available under the new terms and conditions.

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Past Winners 

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2020 – Sebastian Munoz

2019 – Cameron Champ

2018 – Ryan Armour

2017 – Cody Gribble

2016 – Peter Malnati

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Past Winners 

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2019 – Bernd Wiesberger 

2018 – Brandon Stone

2017 – Rafa Cabrera Bello

2016 – Alex Noren

2015 – Rickie Fowler

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Mike’s Picks 

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Adam Long (USA) 33/1

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Adam is in such a good run of form at the moment and can see him carrying this on here this week.

He showed some great form at the US Open, finishing in a tie for 13th and then followed that with another solid event at the Corales last week.  

The course this week is one of the easier tracks on the PGA Tour calendar, as for previous stats nothing really stands out as from previous winners and core facts. Strokes gained putting is top of the tree this week and players who can string together birdies of better streaks will have a good chance here.

He sits in first place for the most consecutive holes below par, recording six in a row.   

Also a player who has gained seven years’ experience on the Korn Ferry Tour, and has already picked up a PGA Tour title last year at the Desert Classic.

Think he will be one to watch here betting £5 EW with PP 33/1 8 Places      

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Zach Johnson (USA) 35/1

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A very solid campaigner is our friend Zach. I was surprised to see him not have a win since 2015 and that happened to be the Open Championship.

The team followed a lot of his golf at the US Open and he looks like his game has been improving at every tournament we have been at since the return after lockdown.

Always around the top at every event he plays with strokes gained putting, he is currently sitting in 3rd position on the PGA Tour, and inside the top forty for total putting.

We all know that he is one of the best players from inside 100 yards and combined with his putter he could go low this week.

Betting £5EW with PP 35/1 8PL    

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Cameron Percy (AUS) 100/1

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Cameron has started a good run of form of late and feel this could be the best place to take a punt on him.  

His previous results here are good reading as well:

35/15/42/34/11

He is coming of the back of a top ten at the Corales last week and that could have been a lot better. The team followed him over the weekend and Saturdays round was frustrating, he gave himself a lot of chances just didn’t hole out that well.

Still a very solid couple of weeks and coming back to a course that suits his game he should hit the floor running and who knows.

He has had five international victories and won on the Korn Ferry just waiting to break his duck on the PGA Tour.

Going to bet £5EW with PP 100/1 8PL    

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Two Bouns Bets

  • Sam Burns (USA) 28/1 WH £5EW- 8PL
  • Patrick Rodgers (USA) 66/1  WH £5EW- 8PL

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Mike’s Picks 

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Sam Horsfield (ENG) 35/1

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There are not many in the field with two wins on the European Tour for 2020 but Sam is one of them. He loves his golf on Scottish soil as well, he has a great ball flight to adapt to the changing seasons we get in one day in Scotland, known as a great links and wind player.

He missed the cut here last year but as we have seen his form is a hell of a lot better this time around, in 2018 he picked up a top twenty five finish.

We caught up with him back in August after his second win and he is still hungry for more and is playing well enough to bag another win for this season. The goals he set at the start of the re start was working through his iron play and increasing his overall GIR, this has of course paid off and combined with his amazing short game and putting stroke he will be a great contender this week for sure.

Going with PP 35/1 8 places betting £5EW

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Gavin Green (MAS) 66/1

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This is his first event back since his missed cut at the ISPS HANDA UK Championship on the 30th August.     

This has to be one of my better value picks here this week for an each way or a top 10 bet.

Check out his 2020 best results so far:

  • SA Open – 15th
  • Abu Dhabi – 21st
  • Saudi International – 3rd
  • Oman Open – 18th
  • Qatar Masters – 12th
  • Celtic Classic – 11th
  • Wales Open 8th

For me a top 100 in the world player and should have won on the European Tour already this season. This Malaysian born player was the first from his country to top the Asian Tour Order of Merit after a remarkable 2017 campaign, earning promotion to the European Tour.

He has won 21 times in his career as an amateur, and feel once he breaks his duck he will then go onto win a lot more.

Going for a £5EW bet with SkyBet paying 8 places. Top ten finish as well betting £5 at 6/1 in places  

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Connor Syme (SCO) 70/1

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Always have to take a look at the local talent on show at these events, and Connor is a top pick for me regarding form and confidence coming back to play at his home country.

His results in the UK since the restart were pretty impressive:

  • 9/8/20 – English Championship – 19th
  • 16/8/20 – Celtic Classic – 3rd
  • 23/8/20 – ISPS Wales Open – 8th
  • 06/9/20 – Andalucía Masters – 8th

He got to play at the US Open this season down to his great play so far this year, he shot two 75’s just missing the cut as well a lot of world class players.

Having only turned pro in 2017 and earned that through qualifying school meaning he is a tough cookie, he also picked up his first win on the Challenge Tour back in 2019 in Turkey.

He is still learning his trade on the European Tour and finds travelling and time management had to manage this probably explains why he also missed the cut in Ireland last week.

He is well rested for Scotland and believe he is with his family this week so should be well relaxed and ready for the challenge to pick up his first Tour title.

Going for a £5EW bet with SktBet 70/1 8 places

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Two Bouns Bets

  • Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 200/1 PP £3EW 8PL
  • J Lagergren (SWE) 50/1 SkyB £5EW 8PL

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