Glamour may be in short supply for the second edition of the Sanderson Farms Championship as it moves from Austin to Jackson, but that opens the door for some lesser lights and provides plenty of zest in the betting.
The reason for the dearth of star names is because the second event of the HSBC-World Championships is currently taking place in the far-east, acting as a vacuum, even though
it’s part of the play-off series for the European Tour.
All that leaves the Sanders betting headed by Scot Martin Laird and American Nick Watney at 20s, given their combined pedigree outranks that of the chasing pack.
However, while these two sit high on reputation, neither features in the PGA Tour website’s Power Rankings for this event and for good reason.
Both men endured rough outings at the recent McGladrey Classic suggesting they may be a little out of touch ahead of this one.
Instead we’re plumping for another fairly seasoned campaigner in the form of Scot Piercy who is swinging with renewed aplomb at the beginning of a fresh season.
The two-time PGA Tour winner has battled with injuries over the last few seasons, but he’s made four top 25s in his last six starts.
The 25/1 chance followed up a seventh place at the Shriners Open to finish 17th at the McGladrey.
That makes it seven of his last eight rounds in which the Las Vegas native has shot below the 70 mark, which is very encouraging scoring indeed for would-be backers.
Of the others labelled at 25s by Ladbrokes, Robert Strebb is also mentioned in dispatches following a fine start to the campaign and his short game should suit the Jackson Country Club track.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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