this week we are off to Scotland by the sea and to Jackson, Mississippi.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a Pro Am event that takes a long time to play each day. It is not the best tournament to watch on TV. Focus and patience is required from the golfers. It is played over three different courses alternately for days one to three. Then those left go back to The Old Course at St Andrews for the final round, where the pins are placed in more difficult positions on the greens than the days before. Lots of links course action.
The Old Course – A par 72 and is 7,318 yards in length. There are fourteen par fours and so only two par threes and two par fives. It has seven double greens that are huge and are a mix of fescue and bentgrass.
Carnousite has narrower fairways and is undulating. There are pot bunkers on all three courses. It is a par 72 but only 6,945 yards in length. A very traditional links course.
Kingsbarns is a par 72 and is 7,224 yards in length. With all things being equal it is the easiest of the three courses. However it is right on the coastline and so if the weather is not good it becomes pretty difficult to play.
The wind can decimate scores in this part of the world. The weather is expected to be autumnal. A bit chilly with some rain.
Key performance indicators appear to be greens in regulation and good play on and around the greens.
We have a prize pool of $5M this week. Victor Perez is our defending champion from 2019.
The Sanderson Farms Championship winner takes home a trophy of a giant Chicken. It is played at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi, which was redesigned in 2008. It is a par 72 and is 7,461 yards in length. So long. The course is flat and has a sparse scattering of trees in play. Accuracy off the tee is an advantage here. The fairways are Bermuda grass based. The rough is a Bermuda and Zoysia grass mix, which plays tough if long. The greens are Bermuda grass and will likely be watered and receptive. You need to be a golfer who putts well on Bermuda this week.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid eighties. Sergio Garcia is our defending champion. I would expect a winning score this week of circa nineteen under par. We are playing for a total prize fund of $7M this week.
Good luck Martin