Sanderson Farms Championship First Round Leader: Kim can start fast

South Korean Si-Woo Kim
Si-Woo Kim can burst from the blocks

Dave Tindall is back with each-way selections at the Sanderson Farms Championship and the Scottish Open...

"The last time he got back to his favourite putting surface having been denied it for a while, the South Korean opened the Wyndham Championship with 65-65-62 to lead after 54 holes before finishing third."

Back Si-Woo Kim each-way @ 60/1

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for Country Club of Jackson: It's a little chilly for the very early starters but temps should reach 70 degrees by 10am. They peak in the afternoon at around 80 as the sun continues to shine. Wind speeds are pretty modest to start and pick up towards 10mph around 3pm.

FRL history at Country Club of Jackson

2019 - 64 JT Poston, Tom Hoge
2018 - 65 Cameron Champ
2017 - 66 Ryan Armour, Wyndham Clark, JJ Spaun, Andrew Landry, Conrad Shindler
2016 - 63 Kevin Streelman
2015 - 62 Roberto Castro

Strategy: It's an even split in terms of am/pm although the really low ones have come in the afternoon. The weather isn't a great deciding factor it appears so I'll pick a player from each wave. Over in the Scottish Open, there does seem to be a slight weather bias so I'm going to add in a bet from there too.

Kim can surge early

Si-Woo Kim will enjoy the return to Bermuda grass this week and that makes him a danger.

The last time the former Sawgrass champ got back on his favourite putting surface having been denied it for a while, the South Korean opened the Wyndham Championship with 65-65-62 to lead after 54 holes before finishing third.

He's also fired low rounds (64 at the Northern Trust, 65 at the Safeway Open) in his last two regular PGA Tour events and that's what we're looking for although obviously on the first lap.

Kim, who was sixth after 18 holes at Sedgefield last month, hasn't done anything amazing yet at the Country Club of Jackson in terms of a final finishing position although last year, on just his second appearance, he was ninth at halfway after a 69-68 start.

In other words, scratch below the surface and he can definitely score on this track.

He has a tee-off time of 12:33 and can hopefully do some damage at 60/1.

Opportunity for Oppenheim

I looked at Tom Hoge to pull off a repeat of last year's R1 leader act.

But I'll back another 125/1 shot in the form of late developer, but hopefully fast starter, Rob Oppenheim.

The 40-year-old is another who went low at Sedgefield, shooting a 62 in round three after a pair of opening 66s and ranking 4th for SG: Putting. That bodes well as he's on Champion Bermuda greens again here.

He's backed that up with solid finishes in the Safeway Open and Corales Puntacana.

Oppenheim seems to enjoy this time of year and in six starts between September and November in 2019 he was in the top eight after day one on four occasions.

In addition, an opening 66 at Country Club of Jackson secured fifth place after round one in 2016. He fell away that year but returned to post tied 18th 12 months later.

Oppenheim ranked a healthy 40th for R1 scoring last season and I'll give him a whirl at a big price to rack up some early birdies.

He heads out at 08:55 from the 10th.

Luiten can go low in Scotland

Joost Luiten iron shot 1280.jpg

The weather forecast in the Scottish Open shows 13mph winds for the early starters but that drops to 8mph, and stays there, for the later starters.

Joost Luiten is in the final group from the 10th at 13:44 so could benefit from the relatively calmer conditions.

The Dutchman bounced back to form with a tied 11th in the Irish Open last week and got better each day - 71-70-69-67.

Rewind to his first-round scores earlier in the season and he opened with 65s in three consecutive starts. One of those, at July's Austrian Open, secured the day one lead.

He's a regular on R1 leaderboards and the tougher conditions at Renaissance Club this year (he opened with 67 last time although missed the cut) should suit him.

Try Luiten at 60/1.

Dave's First Round Leader P/L

Staked: £720
Returned: £380.35
P/L: -£339.65

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