Before we get into the meat and potatoes this week, the Open Championship, lets talk about the little guys. These guys didn’t qualify for the British Open so they are left playing stateside.
Sanderson Farms Championship, previously known as True South Classic, Viking Classic, and Farm Bureau Classic, is played at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi. It’s a relatively average 72-hundred yards, and scoring can get quite low. The winning scores for the last two tournaments were 24-under and 22-under by Scott Stalling and Chris Kirk.
To keep it simple I will just provide a Top 5 for the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship. There aren’t a lot of fantasy leagues or contests that actually use this tournament for scoring, but I know some One-and-Done leagues include this tournament. Here are some options to consider this week for your One-and-Done pick:
D.J. Trahan: This is a good pick because it’s doubtful you would ever pick Trahan in any other tournament this year. Trahan’s course history is off the chain. He’s played here six times since 2005, and finished Top 15 in four of those efforts. That includes a win back in 2006. Trahan is my one-and-done pick for this week.
Brendon de Jonge: He has been lurking all season, making cut after cut but is still searching for that magical first PGA Tour victory. It won’t have the same feel to it if he does it when all the big-namers are overseas, but a win is a win.
Chris Kirk: Kirk has been there and done that as far as Annandale is concerned. This will be a rare week where Kirk is the big dog on campus, so he can walk around like he owns the place. Whether that affects his play this week is to be determined, but he is Top 3 in this field on a pure talent standpoint.
William McGirt: There is something about Annandale that tickles McGirt’s fancy. He finished 27th in 2011 and followed it up with a 5th place finish last year. McGirt is actually plain awful from a statistical standpoint, but his course history makes him worth a look.
Patrick Reed: Reed has been one of the hottest rookies on Tour since abandoning his Nike Clubs. Reed has three Top 20 finishes in his last five events, and now he gets to face this weak field. Even without any tournament/course history at Annandale, Reed is still a Top 5 option this week.
Best of luck with your Sanderson Farms One-and-Done fantasy selections. Stay tuned for the Open Championship Power Rankings.