Sanderson Farms Championship: Silverman to strike gold

Canadian Ben Silverman
Ben Silverman can claim his first win

Dave Tindall has picked out the 100/1 winner in the last two editions of the Sanderson Farms Championship and he looks for more success with three each-way picks for this week's renewal...

"Silverman’s strengths are putting well and keeping the ball in play and that certainly brings to mind last year’s winner Ryan Armour, who finished the campaign ranked 2nd for Driving Accuracy."

Back Ben Silverman each-way @ 100/1

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

Main Bet: Back Ben Silverman each-way @ 100/1

While the big names are away at the WGC-HSBC in China, the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi, provides a great chance for one of the lesser lights to get his hands on the trophy.

To highlight the strength, or lack of it, the highest player in the world rankings taking part is Dylan Frittelli at No.73.

Five of the last seven editions have gone to a first-time winner and one I really like the look of is Ben Silverman.

Evidence of good recent form and going low is what I want this week.

The Canadian only had conditional status secured until late September but opened with a 63 at the Tour Championship and rode it to tied third place to secure his card.

Back in September, the 30-year-from Ontario took T11 in the Barracuda Championship with a +32 stableford haul while he showed he good rack up the birdies with T12 at the Barbasol in July, closing with 65 to finish at 17-under.

Between those two events he shot a second-round 63 at his home Canadian Open while he secured victory on the last season when shooting 25-under at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

His two top 10s on the PGA Tour last season came at the RSM Classic and also this event when he tied for seventh so he'll have some excellent memories of the Country Club of Jackson.

Silverman's strengths are putting well and keeping the ball in play and that certainly brings to mind last year's winner Ryan Armour, who finished the campaign ranked 2nd for Driving Accuracy.

It's very early but Silverman is ranked 1st in SG: Putting this year and also cracked the top 50 last year. He was 15th in Average distance of putts made in 2018 and needed just 107 swishes of his flat-stick when winning that event 14 months ago.

Either side of the top three at the Tour Championship, his form is mixed and that's the reason for his 100/1 quote here.

But I think there's enough in his locker to suggest Silverman can make a big run at this so let's get him on board at a tasty three-figure price.

Next Best: Back Anders Albertson each-way @ 100/1

Next up, I'm going back to the to pick out Anders Albertson.

The 25-year-old went to college at Georgia Tech and we're in the Southeastern United States again this week.

A great friend and teammate of Ollie Schniederjans, Albertson had a superb campaign on the second tier last season, finishing 1st in Scoring Average (Actual), fifth in Putting Average and 1st in Birdie Average.

That all certainly sounds like a good recipe for this week.

Looking at some of his scores furthers Albertson's appeal.

When he won July's Lincoln Land Championship, he closed 64-63, he shot another Sunday 63 at last month's DAP Championship and in the following week's Boise Open he surged through the field to finish second with a final-round 62.

He may have missed the cut in the Safeway Open a few weeks ago but that's perhaps just put the layers off the scent and it allows us to get 100/1 on a player who could have a very bright future.

Two years ago Cody Gribble won on his tournament debut in so I'm not put off that Albertson is playing here for the first time.

Others I considered at three figures were Robert Streb (T8 on his only appearance here in 2014 and a winner in August), Trey Mullinax, Andres Romero, Sepp Straka and Corey Connors.

But it's Silverman and Anderson who make most appeal in the unlikely bid to find a 100/1 winner here for the third straight year.

Final Bet: Back Ryan Blaum each-way @ 80/1

With all of the last six winners here priced at 100/1 or more, I can't say I'm inclined to look at the front of the betting.

Patrick Rodgers must have stretched the patience of every regular PGA Tour golf punter while it seems quite early for the very promising Sungjae Im to be going off at 20s.

Defending champ Ryan Armour is a quarter of the price he was last year while Dylan Frittelli also looks very short at 20s.

Jhonatten Vegas could have some frustrations to take out after a passport issue denied him the chance to play on the PGA Tour's Asian Swing and he was fourth on his one start here three years ago.

At 50/1 he could go well while Nicholas Lindheim also takes the eyes at that price due to some strong form (14-36-17-8) and a liking for Bermuda grass.

But I'll jump back down to 80/1 and plump for a player with a few nice converging trends.

Ryan Blaum finished T11 on his tournament debut here in 2016 so clearly handles the course well.

He also played some fine golf earlier in the season when going on a run of 6-MC-18-12-23.

Blaum did that with bookend 66s at the Byron Nelson for T6, a second-round 64 at St. Jude, a Friday 65 at the Travelers and another 64 on day three of the Quicken Loans.

He also banked a pair of top 10s on the PGA Tour last summer, both thanks to closing 64s.

In more recent times he was T15 at halfway in the Wyndham Championship three starts ago and returning to action with T33 at the Safeway Open in California was a decent effort.
He's a Florida boy so grew up on Bermuda and also pops up in the top 15 of Future of Fantasy's Top 25 Weak Field Specialists.

Blaum has a liking for this time of year and said last November: "I like all the golf courses in the Fall. I think the Fall schedule is great. Even Mississippi being a smaller event last week, those greens are pure.

"I know which courses fit my game well and which ones maybe don't and I can schedule it that way."

This week is definitely one he will have pinpointed so take the 80/1.

Sanderson Farms Championship 2018 Field & Each-Way Tips

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