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Golf Glance: Sergio Garcia defends at Sanderson Farms

Field Level Media
30 Sep 2021, 05:40 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Ryder Cup (Team USA)

THIS WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Course: Country Club of Jackson (Par 72, 7,461 yards)Purse: $7M (Winner: $1.26M)

Defending Champion: Sergio Garcia

FedEx Cup Leader: Max Homa

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Thursday-Sunday: 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (Featured Groups)

NOTES: Garcia is the lone participant from the Ryder Cup in the field this week. He earned his 11th career PGA Tour win at this event last year. Garcia is the only player among the past seven champions who had a tour win before claiming the Sanderson Farms title. ... The field includes seven of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. ... The average winning score from the past five years is 19 under. ... Quade Cummins and Kyle Reifers are in the field after advancing in a 3-for-2 playoff in the Monday qualifier along with Wilson Furr. ... Former major winners in the field include Garcia, Keegan Bradley, Jimmy Walker, Lucas Glover and Gary Woodland. ... Former U.S. Amateur champion Andy Ogletree is in the field on a sponsors exemption. ... There are five Mississippi natives in the field: including 2021 Korn Ferry Tour graduates Davis Riley, Hayden Buckley and Chad Ramey.

BEST BETS: No. 25 Sam Burns (1400) is the highest-ranked player in the event. He tied for third in 2018 and led the tour with five 36-hole leads last season. ... Corey Conners (1600) has four top-20s in his past six starts and has eight top-10s in 2021. ... 2019 runner-up Sungjae Im (1600) makes his fourth event start. Ranked 29th, Im led the tour in birdies for the third consecutive time last season. ... Reigning Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris (1600) is still seeking his maiden win on tour. ... Garcia (2000) may need to battle fatigue following the Ryder Cup but posted four rounds of 68 or better at the CC of Jackson last year.. ... Matthew Wolff (4000) is making his season and event debut. He's coming off a pair of missed cuts and will be competing for the first time since The Northern Trust. ... Peter Malnati's (10000) top two tour finishes came at the Sanderson Farms: his lone win in 2015 and a runner-up last year. All five of his top-25 finishes last season came within his first 10 starts.

NEXT WEEK: Shriners Children's Open, Las Vegas, Oct. 7-10

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: NW Arkansas Championship (Nasa Hataoka)

THIS WEEK: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., Oct. 1-3

Course: Seaview, Bay Course (Par 71, 6,190 yards)

Purse: $1.75 million ($262,500)

Defending Champion: Mel Reid

Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

HOW TO WATCH

TV: Friday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

Streaming: Friday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (NBC Sports app and golfchannel.com)

NOTES: This is a 54-hole event. ... The 132-player field will be cut to the top-70 and ties after 36 holes. ... Reid set the tournament scoring record of 19 under (265) while beating Jennifer Kupcho by two shots last year when the ShopRite was played as a 72-hole event. ... Anna Nordqvist (2015-16) is a two-time event champion. ... The average age of winners on tour this year is 25.25. ... NBC will feature the first ever all-women broadcast team. It will be led by producer Beth Hutter and include a commentary team of Cara Banks alongside analysts Judy Rankin and Paige Mackenzie, with Karen Stupples and Kay Cockerill working as on-course reporters.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cognizant Founders Cup, West Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 7-10

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Pure Insurance Championship (K.J. Choi)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Constellation Furyk Friends, Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 8-10

--Field Level Media

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