Power Rankings: Sanderson Farms Championshiptext sizeJuly 16, 2013
By Rob Bolton, Fantasy Columnist
Contested concurrently with The Open Championship, the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss., boasts a new title sponsor -- Sanderson Farms is the third-largest producer of poultry in the United States and has the option to extend its partnership after one year. The winner will receive 300 FedExCup points. That's an increase of 50 over previous seasons.
The tournament has roots dating back to 1968 and it's been an official-money event since it was first held at Annandale Golf Club in 1994. It was played the same week at the season's third major during its first five years at Annandale before reclaiming this spot on the schedule in 2011.
Since its return to mid-July, Annandale has played as the easiest par 72 among all that serve as the only host track for an event. Last year's scoring average on the 7,202-yard racetrack was 70.277. Scott Stallings posted 24-under 264 to establish low aggregate in the official-money era.
Seasonably warm and muggy conditions are expected, with a chance for rain and storms. Light winds won't do much to take the bite out of 90 degrees every day.
Power Rankings: Sanderson Farms Championship Rank Player Comment Chris KIRK Sat atop this feature the week he broke through for his lone PGA TOUR victory in 2011. Tied for 10th last year. Ended a recent six-start stint without a top 25 with a T22 at the John Deere Classic; ranked second in proximity to the hole. Chez Reavie Spun a career-low 61 in the second round at TPC Deere Run en route to a T15. Four top 25s in last seven starts. Tied for 16th in his only appearance at Annandale in 2011. Ranks second in both fairways hit and proximity to the hole. Chris STROUD Three top 10s in his last eight starts, including a playoff loss at the Travelers Championship. Shared 10th place at Annandale in 2010. Ranks 53rd on TOUR in strokes gained-putting, 46th in adjusted scoring and second in scrambling. Jason BOHN Quietly posted top 25s in three of his last six starts, including a T22 at the John Deere Classic where he led the field in proximity to the hole and par breakers. Finished along in second place at last year's Sanderson Farms Championship. Daniel SUMMERHAYS Came within one stroke of joining the playoff at TPC Deere Run on Sunday, settling for a T4 and his second consecutive top 10. Held the outright lead after 54 holes thanks to a career-low 62 in the third round. Chad CAMPBELL Recorded the most recent of his four PGA TOUR victories here in 2007. Sits second in all-time earnings at Annandale. After starting this season without a top 40 in 18 events, he's posted two top 20s in his last three. Martin FLORES Comes off career-best T4 at the John Deere Classic, one stroke from joining the playoff. Led the field in scrambling; went 57-for-58 from seven feet and in. Three top 25s in his last six starts. Placed T20 in only start at Annandale in 2010. Brendon DE JONGE Still struggling to put four rounds together, but he goes low often enough to warrant a spot here. Ranks 22nd on TOUR in greens in regulation and 44th in par breakers. Tied for third at Annandale in 2010; T13 in 2011. Steven BOWDITCH Backed up a co-runner-up at The Greenbrier Classic with a T12 at the John Deere. Under par in nine consecutive rounds to reach 117th in FedExCup points. He's 3-for-3 at Annandale with a T18 in 2011 that featured a closing 62. Rory SABBATINI All of nothing lately, sandwiching two top 10s with four missed cuts and a withdrawal, all in his last seven starts. Ranks 51st in greens hit and T16 in par breakers. Tied for 14th place in his last appearance at Annandale in 2008.