Golf Tips: Best bets for Sanderson Farms and Alfred Dunhill

  • Max Liu
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Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia wins the Sanderson Farms Championship
Sergio Garcia is the defending champion at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Get the best bets from Steve Rawlings, Dave Tindall and the rest of our golf experts for this week's Sanderson Farms Championship and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship...

Steve Rawlings: "Sam Burns is a worthy favourite given he's in cracking form, he putts brilliantly, and he was third here back in 2018, but it's a wide-open tournament and they bet 20.019/1 the field."

Sanderson Farms Championship: Davis can double up

The PGA Tour stops off in Mississippi this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship so read Steve Rawlings' extensive preview ahead of Thursday's start.

Steve says: "Sam Burns is a worthy favourite given he's in cracking form, he putts brilliantly, and he was third here back in 2018, but it's a wide-open tournament and they bet 20.019/1 the field.

"Will Zalatoris looks short enough given he's still yet to win, his putting stats aren't spectacular, and he missed the cut last year.

"Although there's a risk that he's tired and emotional after the Ryder Cup, the defending champ is one to consider. Sergio Garcia has won a couple of PGA Tour titles twice (the Northern Trust and the Byron Nelson) and he's successfully defended the Valderrama Masters in his homeland.

"He won a couple of points alongside the world number one, Jon Rahm, last week and he might just put up a bold defence.

"For now, I'm playing just the recent Rocket Mortgage Classic winner Cam Davis. He has ticked over nicely since he broke his PGA Tour duck in July. He's a fabulous putter and, if his 63 in round three last year is anything to go by, he has a real aptitude for the venue."

Steve's bet: Cam Davis @ 40.039/1

Sanderson Farms Championship Each-Way Tips: Sloan can land first win at Jackson

After a profitable Ryder Cup, Dave Tindall returns to strokeplay action for an event that has twice yielded 100/1 winners for his Betfair column, the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.

Dave says: "First on my rather unlikely team is Canada's Roger Sloan. He's a good driver of the ball (62nd Off The Tee last season) and shot a pair of 64s in the middle two rounds of the Wyndham Championship where he finished runner-up.

"Prior to that Sloan ended 66-65 to take sixth in the Barracuda Championship and that followed an opening 64 and tied 16th in the 3M Open. Sloan is yet to win on the PGA Tour so he fits that trend too.

"Clearly there must be a couple of negatives to be seeing him at 150/1 and it's true he's missed his last two cuts. The first was in the Northern Trust due to a poor first round while he suffered an early exit in the Fortinet Championship a couple of weeks ago although would have made it through with birdies at the closing par 5s at 16 and 18.

"He also missed his first two cuts here but they were back in 2014 and 2018. Last year he opened with 67, shot all four rounds under par and took tied 32nd. With a second and a sixth in August along with a series of low rounds in recent events, I'm happy to chance him at 150s."

Dave's bet: Roger Sloan each-way @ 151.0150/1

Sanderson Farms Championship First-Round Leader Tips: Hadwin can hit the ground running

Next up Dave discusses who has the game to make a strong start at Jackson Country Club and recommends three each-way picks to be First Round Leader...

Dave says: "Adam Hadwin has had three top 10s since May and all of them were fuelled by fast starts: 66 at the Charles Schwab, 67 at the 3M Open and 64 at the Wyndham Championship.

"To prove the point further that this is the right market for him, the Canadian missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship last time but that was due to a Friday 77. In round one he'd opened with a 66!

"That meant for the second time in three starts he'd finished the opening lap inside the top two. Hadwin hasn't played this event since 2015 but on that occasion he kicked off with a 65 to sit fourth after the first round."

Dave's bet: Back Adam Hadwin E/W @ 81.080/1

Find Me a 100 Winner: Hot-putting Pan a perfect fit for Jackson

Steve has outsiders to back at both of this week's events as he continues his bid to land a monster-priced winner...

Steve says: "Form at Sedgefield Country Club - home of the Wyndham Championship - looks well worth considering at Jackson Country Club so C.T Pan's second placed finish there in 2018 reads well. As does his 12th here 12 months ago.

"Pan arrives in Mississippi on the back of an impressive sixth in the Fortinet Championship last time out when he ranked sixth for Putting Average and fourth for Strokes Gained Putting.

"This is intrinsically a putting contest so if he can repeat those figures and start a bit better than he did at the Fortinet (77th after round one) he could go close.

"Pan's form is a little in-and-out but a third at the Olympics last month, a third at the Honda Classic in March and a seventh placed finish in the US Masters less than a year ago, show just what the 2019 Heritage Classic winner is capable of."

Steve's bet: Sanderson Farms Championship Back 2 u C.T Pan @ 110.0109/1

Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.01/1

Sanderson Farms Championship 2021: Form stats for this week's trip to Mississippi

Andy Swales supplies course and current form stats as the PGA Tour travels to the Deep South for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Andy says: "Of the 24 who teed-up at Whistling Straits, only Sergio Garcia is in action at Jackson. The Spaniard collected three points from four games in Wisconsin and will be defending his title this week.

"In-form Sam Burns is the highest-ranked pro in the field, one of just seven top-50 starters.

"Among other likely contenders this weekend are Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners and Kevin Streelman, along with Koreans Sung Jae Im and Si Woo Kim.

"Zalatoris is enjoying a great first full year on the PGA Tour during 2021, although still awaits a maiden victory. The 25-year-old was even viewed as a potential Ryder Cup 'wild card'.

"Meanwhile Connors, who is Canada's highest-ranked pro, was runner-up in this event three years ago and has made his way into the world's top 40 thanks to plenty of T-25 finishes. With regards to the older Streelman, 42, he has posted a brace of Jackson top-10s since 2017, and is a two-time winner on Tour."

Back Kevin Streelman @ 60.059/1

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Tyrrell can tie up the treble

The European Tour returns to Scotland this week for it's one and only pro-am and our man's back with his comprehensive preview ahead of Thursday's start.

Steve says: "Shane Lowry is the shortest priced of the three European Ryder Cuppers but I'm not convinced he should be.

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The 2019 Open Champion is making his 12th appearance in the Alfred Dunhill and he has only two top-tens to date. He was third in 2013 and sixth a year later and he hasn't been in sparkling form of late. His 11th at The Northern Trust in August and his 12th in the Open in July are very fair efforts but we have to go all the way back to the Memorial Tournament in June for his last top-10.

Like Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, Lowry must bounce back quickly after last week's disappointment at Whistling Straits and that has to be considered a negative for all three...

"Tyrrell Hatton is my idea of the best bet towards the head of the market and I've backed him at 21.020/1. Having won the tournament back-to-back in 2016 and '17, Hatton traded at a low of 1.111/9 when he sauntered five strokes clear of the field on the front-nine in round four in 2018. He was bidding to win it a third time but his challenge unravelled badly on the back-nine.

"Hatton finished only 15th two years ago but it's patently obvious that he's a perfect fit for the tournament and a bold showing is likely despite his poor current form...

"I was happy to chance Hatton at 21.020/1 and if he drifts before the off, I'll back Branden Grace again. He played quite well last time out at the Dutch Open after a slow start when I backed him and he won this event back in 2012 but whether 30.029/1 is a value price is debatable."

Steve's bet: Tyrrell Hatton @ 21.020/1

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Each-Way Tips: Jordan can bring it home

Matt Cooper has three selections for the Alfred Dunhill Links championship with the Betfair Sportsbook paying seven places.

Matt says: "Matthew Jordan graduated from the second tier later in 2019 and also had a second crack at this event which witnessed yet more high-quality links golf.

"He opened with a 66 at Kingsbarns which led him to say: "This place is great. It's hard to get depressed around here. If you have a bogey, you just look out toward the sea and all your troubles go away kind of thing. This is one of the most scenic courses I've ever played. It's brilliant.

"He backed that up with a 64 on the Old Course to lead by one at halfway ahead of finishing tied fifth.

"His first two main tour campaigns haven't permitted him to play lots of links golf, but when he's had the opportunity he's thrived again: T20th at 13th Beach in Australia and T25th at Fairmont St Andrews last year, T18th at the Renaissance Club this year and then tied sixth on his return to the Fairmont.

"He also had a first taste of being in the last group out on a Sunday at the European Masters - a fantastic learning experience and he didn't waste it, finishing tied fourth. He's got a great chance to build on that this week in a spot that really suits him."

Matt's bet: Matthew Jordan 1pt each-way @ 67.066/1

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2021: Form stats for the European Tour's visit to Scotland

Andy Swales provides the form stats for this week's pro-am in Scotland which is staged over three courses.

Andy says: "Europe's trio of Ryder Cup players should, on paper, have a decent chance of winning this week.

"Tyrrell Hatton is a two-time winner of this event, while Tommy Fleetwood has twice been runner-up, and has had three other top-five finishes. Former Open champ Shane Lowry is certainly at home on links courses and has played pretty solidly since April.

"But can all three recover in time from last week's mentally draining experience at the Ryder Cup?

"Because of the 'Ryder-factor', pros such as Horschel and Alex Noren may be in a better psychological state to perform this week. World No 18 Horschel makes his first start since winning at Wentworth, while the form of Noren has greatly improved in recent months.

"The former world No 8 from Sweden posted a brace of top-10s during this year's FedEx Cup Play-Offs, and has a reasonable record in this event. His best finish here is third, while his most recent trip in 2019 yielded a tie-for-15th."

Back Billy Horschel @ 20.019/1

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