Sanderson Farms Championship E/W Tips: In-form Finau can maintain the 20-somethings trend

Tony Finau's attacking style should suit CC Jackson
Tony Finau's attacking style should suit CC Jackson

This week sees the start of a new golf column on betting.betfair and we're delighted to have former Sportinglife.com, Golf365, and Skysports.com golf tipster Dave Tindall as the latest recruit to our excellent team. Here you can read Dave's each-way selections for this week's Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour...

"Finau is third in Par Breakers (birdies/eagles) this season and also ranks 1st in Par 5 Performance so he'll be able to get after the long holes on this 7,354-yard par 72 and employ the attacking style he enjoys."

Nap - Back Tony Finau @ 26.025/1


*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 5 places


Nap - Back Tony Finau @ 26.025/1

It's always tough to guess what sort of score might be needed on a course being used on the PGA Tour for the first time. A heated thread on one of the local Mississippi newspapers discussed the matter and answers ranged from -15 to "insanely low". But, with no forced carries on any of the four par fives at Country Club of Jackson and a pleasant weather forecast, a birdie/eagle-fest looks likely so that has to bring in Finau.

The big-hitting 25-year-old rookie, who won on the Web.com Tour in August, has hit the ground running since securing his PGA Tour card and has placed 12th (Frys.com), 7th (Vegas) and 14th (McGladrey) on his three starts so far.

Finau is third in Par Breakers (birdies/eagles) this season and also ranks 1st in Par 5 Performance so he'll be able to get after the long holes on this 7,354-yard par 72 and employ the attacking style he enjoys.

With fellow 20-somethings Sang-Moon Bae, Ben Martin and Robert Streb winning the first three events of the season, Finau can become the latest young buck to get a '1' on the board.


Next best - Back Scott Piercy @ 26.025/1

Course designer John Fought classes Donald Ross as his greatest influence and, according to the official website, CC Jackson "incorporates classic Ross flavour" (allows run-up shots, lots of slightly elevated greens, closely mown run-off areas, emphasis on short-game variety).

Therefore it's a decent strategy to look for those who do well on Donald Ross tracks and Piercy is very much in that category. From limited starts on Ross layouts, the 35-year-old has finished 12th and 8th on his last two outings at Sedgefield (Wyndham), 13th at Plainfield (The Barclays), and 5th at Oak Hill (2013 US PGA).

Piercy is always found pretty high up the birdie stats (20th this year) and he's in good nick after recent finishes of 7th (Vegas) and 17th (McGladrey) where he shot a combined 22-under.

He's won twice on the PGA Tour in company similar to this (2011 Reno-Tahoe, 2012 Canadian Open) and his winning scores of -15 and -17 (he also won on the then Nationwide Tour with -22 in 2008) suggest he has conditions to suit.


Outsider - Back Jonathan Randolph @ 151.0150/1

It's sometimes easy to get too excited when discovering that there's a local in the field who's been playing the course (that no-one else has seen) since he was on junior golf teams.

Randolph, an honorary member at Jackson, is this week's 'insider' and it's true that he may have plenty on his plate, sorting out tickets for family and friends, extra media work etc.

However, it appears that it's a role he's getting used to as, in his four starts in this event (when it took place at Annandale), he's improved his finish each time - MC 2010, 64th 2011, 21st 2012, 14th 2013.

When Jackson last staged the Mississippi State Amateur in 2008, Randolph was runner-up. Six years on, he's now got a full PGA Tour card and a 28th at the Shriners in Vegas recently suggests he could step up and get in the mix on his home course.


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