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Sam Burns favored to bounce back at Sanderson Farms

by Will Gray
Updated On: September 26, 2022, 10:25 am ET

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After sharing in team victory but individual disappointment, Sam Burns now turns his attention to a title defense at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Burns was expected to be a potential standout at Quail Hollow but struggled in team play alongside friend and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. A Sunday tie against Hideki Matsuyama left him with an 0-3-2 record for the week, taking just one point out of a possible five while the U.S. cruised to a 17.5-12.5 victory overall.

Burns likely wasn't sweating his individual tally during the team celebrations Sunday night, and now it's a short trip and quick turnaround to the Country Club of Jackson where a year ago he held off fellow Presidents Cup rookie Cameron Young (along with veteran Nick Watney) for the second of his four PGA Tour victories. With many of the bigger names (including Young) watching from home this week as the Tour makes its second official stop of the 2022-23 season, Burns is listed as a clear favorite to successfully defend his title.

Other notables among the favorites include Sahith Theegala, Davis Riley, Denny McCarthy and Taylor Montgomery, all of whom will be looking to win their first Tour title this week in Mississippi.

Here's a look at some of the marquee opening odds, with the action set to begin Thursday:

To Win Sanderson Farms Championship (odds via PointsBet)

+900: Sam Burns

+1800: Russell Henley, Sahith Theegala

+2200: J.T. Poston

+2500: Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz

+2800: Denny McCarthy, Taylor Montgomery

+3300: Keegan Bradley, Emiliano Grillo

+3500: Sepp Straka, Davis Riley

+4000: Harris English, Adam Hadwin, Seamus Power, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Trey Mullinax, Thomas Detry, Taylor Moore

+5000: Brendan Steele, Chris Kirk, Gary Woodland, Justin Suh, Aaron Rai, Wyndham Clark

+6000: Brendon Todd, Byeong-Hun An, Dean Burmester, Andrew Putnam, Nick Hardy

+6600: Justin Lower, Alex Smalley

+7000: Kevin Streelman, Joseph Bramlett, Adam Svensson

+8000: Nick Taylor, Russell Knox, Stephan Jaeger, Mark Hubbard, Marty Dou, Will Gordon

+9000: Luke List, Stewart Cink, Chez Reavie, Mackenzie Hughes, Zac Blair

+10000: Rory Sabbatini, Lucas Glover, Martin Laird, Henrik Norlander, Adam Long, Patrick Rodgers, Robby Shelton, S.H. Kim, Lee Hodges

+12500: C.T. Pan, Rory Sabbatini, Dylan Frittelli, David Lipsky, Paul Haley, Michael Gligic, Nate Lashley, Matthew NeSmith, Greyson Sigg, Tyler Duncan, Nicholas Lindheim, Hayden Buckley, Matthias Schmid, Austin Eckroat, Davis Thompson

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Will Gray

Will Gray is the Manager of College Sports & Golf Content for NBC Sports EDGE. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC