The PGA Tour is back on the mainland to hold the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi
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The Sanderson Farms Championship and its distinctive rooster trophy are back in our lives this week in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Country Club of Jackson has been the venue since 2014 for an event dating back to 1968.
It’s one of the easier layouts on the PGA Tour. The winning score has been between 16- and 21-under each year.
CCJ has 27 holes on property with the Dogwood and Azalea courses comprising the 18 used for the Sanderson Farms Championship. The pros will take on a 7,400-yard, par-72 layout featuring Bermuda greens.
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There are several medium to long par-4s and par-5s which can favor the big hitters. Length isn’t a requirement to win here, though, as we’ve seen with plodding types like Peter Malnati, Cody Gribble and Ryan Armour win here.
Putting on Bermuda and good performances in the southern U.S. are a couple good indicators for this week.
This event usually attracts weak fields given its status as an alternate field event until 2018, as well as its timing after the four majors and playoffs. Now that the Masters has been pushed back to November, more players are making starts in the fall than ever.
Unfortunately for the Sanderson, most big names are resting until the mini West Coast swing coming up in Las Vegas and California.
This week’s 144-player field features no top-20 players in the Official World Golf Rankings and four of the top 50.
The weather for the week looks like dome like conditions. No rain is in the forecast with temperatures between the 50s-70s and winds in the single digits miles per hour.
This article has been updated to reflect Louis Oosthuizen’s withdrawal on Mnday afternoon.
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