PGA DFS Core Plays: Sanderson Farms Championship

Top-ranked grinder, Notorious, breaks down his favorite daily fantasy golf plays at various salary ranges for the coming week’s golf tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

Sanderson Farms Championship

It was a rather uneventful weekend at the Corales Championship. We didn’t have Shot Tracker and the PGA Tour was competing against the likes of the NFL for my attention. It didn’t help that my main lineup was essentially out of it right from the start. Congratulations are in order for Hudson Swafford, but I’m ready to turn my attention to the Sanderson Farms Championship. While I wouldn’t call this an extremely strong field, there are certainly bigger names teeing it up in Mississippi than there were last week in the Dominican Republic.

The Country Club of Jackson is a Par 72 that stretches nearly 7,300 yards. There are four par fives on the course that are all under 600 yards, so scoring on these holes will be imperative. The fairways are tough to hit on average, yet golfers routinely hit these greens at a high rate. The way I interpret this data is that the rough is very playable and that accuracy off the tee isn’t a huge bonus. The course is short enough that you don’t have to be a bomber to contend, but we’ve seen Cameron Champ take the aggressive route at this course the last two years (13.6 strokes gained off the tee).

Ultimately, I am treating this as more of a second shot golf course. Length will help on the par fives, but is not needed on these shorter par fours. The winning score at this event has been at least 18-under par each of the last five years and we can expect that trend to continue this week. You will have to make a lot of birdies to compete this week, so I’m placing a much bigger emphasis on birdie or better percentage than on bogey avoidance. With these greens being easy to hit and scrambling being easier than tour average, I’m taking strokes gained around the green out of my stat model for the week.

About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


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