Thomas Detry signed a second consecutive 5-man Under 67 contract to secure a share of the lead in the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship ahead of the weekend. A PGA Tour rookie in name only, Detri sits in 10th along with Mackenzie Hughes, who retired 9-under-63 on Friday to put his name back in the fight.
Having gained some status on the PGA Tour late last summer with a T4 finish at the Boise Open in the Korn Ferry Tour finals, Detri has been at the center of quality golf for quite some time now. His Idaho success followed a top 10 finish at the Scottish Open followed by a top 5 finish at the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.
Since showing his talents on the PGA Tour, Detri has started his rookie season without a hitch despite his busy travel schedule. The 29-year-old has impressed in the Fortinet Championship with a T12 record and looks to be on his way to improving his performance in Napa.
Playing in Europe for the last six seasons, Detri has inexplicably not achieved a professional win since his Challenge Tour in 2016. Having gone through several close challenges, perhaps a change of scenery, place and tour will allow him to finally enter the circle of winners.
It is hoped that this is not the case, some of his persecutors, including his co-leader Hughes. Defending Honda Classic champion Sepp Straka also looks up to the challenge as he arrives in Jackson, Mississippi just after a sizzling FedEx Cup playoff heat. The Austrian is single in third and a couple of strokes ahead of hometown hero Davis Riley, who grabbed a share of the lead in the first round and is now in 7th after a so-so second round.
1. Thomas Detry & Mackenzie Hughes (-10):
With over 150 starts to go before his only PGA Tour win, Hughes is halfway through this win-win drought. The Canadian endured an average 2021-22 season of just three top-10 finishes, and after missing out on the Presidents’ Cup in his Charlotte, NC area, the motivation to play well has never been higher with an eye to 2024. competition in his home country.
“Yes, I looked [the Presidents Cup]. I had family in town that week, so we didn’t get it right, but I was watching and following the boys and fucking pulling them to get him out,” Hughes said. “It definitely motivated me. I really wanted to be there, and it was something that I kind of marked on my calendar for the last year and a half. As soon as I realized that this was going to happen to Charlotte, I wanted to be on this team. It hurt, but sometimes it happens in this game. I will work hard to be on this team in two years in Montreal.”
3. Zepp Straka (-9)
T4. Mark Hubbard, Garrick Higgo, Scott Stallings (-8)
T7. Davis Riley, Nick Hardy, Stefan Jaeger (-7)
Riley of Mississippi is still in this tournament after 36 holes. After taking a share of the lead in the first round with a score of 6 to 66, Riley stopped on Friday with a score of 1 to 71. Describing this week as “one of the worst weeks of driving I’ve had so far in a long time,” The local kid got the job done despite the big stick. weekend, Riley will have a real shot at his first PGA Tour win in his backyard.
“It will mean that the whole world will have a chance to win this golf tournament,” Riley said. “But as I said (Thursday), there is a lot of work to be done. Yes, the game is in good condition. I still do a lot of good things. I just need to get a little better here or there and I’ll be ready to go back to work (Saturday).”
Grillo is an early contender for the season’s reaction
Just six rounds into 2022/23, Emiliano Grillo may already have the best reaction to any punch this season. Channeling his inner world of Hideki Matsuyama or even Mark Hubbard at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Argentine was outraged by his par-3 13 tee shot.
Instead of accidentally dropping his club, Grillo went even further and threw his club into the tall grass only to have his ball come to rest 11 feet from the pin. While his birdie attempt eventually slipped away, Grillo signed 7-under 65 with no ghosts and is four hits behind the lead.
Is it too early to wait for the 2023 Ryder Cup?
My CBS Sports Colleague Kyle Porter Names First Round Leader Rileyand I can’t help but look to Rome next autumn. Instead of discussing the American side, I find it extremely intriguing to have a back end of a European team that can both make and break their efforts to reclaim the cup.
Both Detri and Straka should have a realistic chance of getting a pick from captain Luke Donald if they continue to play this way for the foreseeable future. Although the Europeans probably don’t think about it when they go to Jackson for a weekend with a chance to win, I’m sure Donald is recording something somewhere.
Sanderson Farms Championship 2022 odds and predictions updated.
- Thomas Detri: 9/2
- Mackenzie Hughes: 7-1
- Sepp Straka: 7-1
- Scott Stallings: 17/2
- Davis Riley: 12-1
- Mark Hubbard: 16-1
- Sam Burns: 18-1
- Nick Hardy: 22-1
- Garrick Higgo: 22-1
- Emiliano Grillo: 28-1
- Stefan Jaeger: 28-1
An easy pick is Burns, who is 5th down and only five shots behind, despite losing more than two shots on the green in the first two rounds. Ranked second in number of shots taken from tee to green, conventional wisdom suggests that a stick like Burns should be able to figure out what’s going on in the future.
Personally, I like Straka’s chances of winning his second trophy in less than a year, but for my taste, this figure is a little less. If you’re not interested in either Struck or Burns, rookie Taylor Montgomery (-4) at 60-1 is a decent option.