Sobel’s BMW PGA Championship, Sanderson Farms Betting Guides: Two Very Different Fields
Brad Penner, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Andrew “Beef” Johnston
There are plenty of tournament host venues which only favor one type of player. Maybe it’s big-hitters over straight-shooters, or guys who draw the ball over guys who fade it, or fearless ball-strikers over deft putters.
I’ve long believed that the most efficient courses, though, are those built for any type of player to succeed. Unbiased toward skillset, these tracks allow for more than one strategy of attack. The usual example: TPC Sawgrass, which has witnessed just about every kind of professional golfer in The Players Championship winner’s circle over the past two decades.
I’m not so sure Country Club of Jackson would be one of the first courses to come to mind on such a list, but this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship host has offered polar extremities in the last two years alone. Back in 2017, Ryan Armour was the winner; last year, it was Cameron Champ.
Let’s take a look at their driving statistics during the seasons they won this event.
- Armour, driving distance (2017-18): 283.5 yards (Rank: 185)
- Champ, driving distance (2018-19): 317.9 yards (Rank: 1)
- Armour, driving accuracy (2017-18): 73.58% (Rank: 2)
- Champ, driving accuracy (2018-19): 55.30% (Rank: 175)