2020 Sanderson Farms Championship: Hot or Hotter

We’re going to switch things up for the Sanderson Farms Championship and go from Hot or Not to Hot or Hot – surely it won’t backfire.

This article has been colder than your ex-girlfriend when you see her out on the town for the first time post break up. With that in mind, we are going to try to turn up the heat for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Last year, Sebastian Munoz won his first PGA Tour title in a playoff against the Tour’s traveling nomad, better known as Sungjae Im. Munoz had his whole bag firing on all cylinders, however he did most of his damage on the greens and even lost slightly to the field around them.

The Sanderson Farms Championship takes place at the Country Club of Jackson – a par 72, stretching out to over 7,400 yards. This will be an iron and putter show. Those players that are able to dial in their approach shots from 125-150 yards and 200+ yards should like their chances this week and as always, the putter will be key.

The fields in these tournaments are going to slowly get stronger as players gear up for the Masters in November. This week is a slight upgrade from the Corales Championship, not much, but slight, and at this point, we’ll take it. Let’s try to get hot, hot, hot *Michael Scott voice* with the brand spanking new Hot or Hot, Sanderson Farms Championship Edition.

Hot: Scottie Scheffler

Scottie was quite literally too hottie and had to withdraw from the U.S. Open due to testing positive for COVID-19. Many fancied his chances coming into that week, and many should this week as well. Scottie’s game has been trending for what seems like ages – he’s elite from the tee box, money with his irons, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if this is the week that the reigning Rookie of the Year captures his first PGA Tour victory. The only chink in Scottie’s armor is the flat stick, but it was at this tournament last year that he first made a name for himself, nabbing a top-20 thanks in part to gaining almost four strokes on the greens.

Hot: Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson and putting go together like Joe Montana and warding off kidnappers. It’s a perfect marriage and what he was put on this planet to do. While the most boring name in golf (close runner-up was Scott Brown) is known for his prowess on the greens, the tee-to-green game has been equally as impressive. He has two top-10’s in his last three starts and should come to Jackson, M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i budding with confidence, having finished 14th in last year’s tournament.

Hotter: Doc Redman

What’s up, Doc? Please don’t go full Elmer Fudd on me and try to shoot me, I know it was a bad joke. What isn’t a joke is Doc’s game. The ball-striking machine has two top-3’s in his last three starts and a PGA Tour victory is right around the corner. There’s a lot to like about Doc’s game, but what sticks out to me is his dominance on Par 4’s, ranking first in the field. Based off last year’s results, there’s a good chance this his weakness – around the green – is negated to an extent, and that only makes me like his chances even more.

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Hotter: Dylan Frittelli

The South African’s tee-to-green game has been some of the best over the past two months. The model of consistency, the man with an Italian-dish sounding last name, has made the cut in five of his last six starts. It was a similar field at the John Deere Classic last year, where Frittelli was able to breakthrough for his first PGA Tour victory and he should come into this year’s Sanderson Farm Championship with the same mindset. He struggled off the tee and on the greens last year and was still able to finish 6th. There’s no chance he loses to the field from the tee box this go around and if the putter is just average, he’ll have a chance come Sunday.

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