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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: Sanderson Farms Championship

Twofer Tuesday drags its exhausted but jubilant body from the couch where it watched the Ryder Cup and heads for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia

The Country Club of Jackson -- Mississippi, that is -- has hosted this event for eight years now. A par-72 measuring 7461 yards, it's a track that suits almost any player. Six of the last eight winners have been first-timers, so this is definitely a place where someone could break through for their first Tour win.

Even though last week's Twofer Tuesday picks don't count against my record -- I made LPGA picks rather than PGA Tour picks -- the fact that I did get a Top10 leaves me with some good vibes for my return to action this week. Let's see just how good those vibes really are!

  • My first pick is Will Zalatoris. I took Will at Silverado and he missed the Top10 by a single position. But now that he's a legit Tour member I expect him to get his first win pretty soon, so I'm taking him again.
  • And my other pick is Sergio Garcia. I admit upfront that this is a sentimental pick. Sergio is the only Ryder Cup player in the field -- I'm sure he came just because he's defending -- and I'm sure he's worn out after that emotional loss. But he's coming off a great performance at Whistling Straits (3-1-0) plus he won that inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin Award. He may be tired but I'm hoping he's up for a title defense.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 4pm ET. Now that we're back to racking up FedExCup Points, I think there's going to be a bit of a letdown for fans. But there's no telling how the Ryder Cup results may affect the players in the field who might make the teams next time. Even US vice-captain Zach Johnson, who's also in the field, might surprise us this week.

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