Thomas Detry has signed his second consecutive under-67 contract to claim a lead part of the 2022 Sanderson Farm Championships that will take place over the weekend. Just a rookie to the PGA Tour, Detry sits at the bottom 10 alongside Mackenzie Hughes, who fired 9 under 63 on Friday to push his name back into contention.
Securing some positions on the PGA Tour late last summer thanks to a T4 finish at the Boise Open in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, Detry has been in the middle of a quality golf course for quite some time. His success in Idaho was followed by a top 10 finish at the Scottish Open and a top five finish at the DP World Tour flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.
Since taking his talent to the PGA Tour, Detry has started his rookie season without a hitch despite his packed travel schedule. The 29-year-old impressed at the Fortinet Championship with a T12 result and it looks like he is well on his way to improving his efforts in Napa.
Playing in Europe for the past six seasons, Detry has inexplicably gone without a professional win since his Challenge Tour days in 2016. After some close calls, perhaps a change of scenery. , venue and tour will allow him to finally make it into the winner’s circle.
Hopefully this is not the case for some of his pursuers including his co-leader Hughes. Defending Honda Classic champion Sepp Straka also looked prepared for the challenge as he arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, having just wrapped up the hot FedEx Cup Playoffs. The Austrian is third alone and is a few shots ahead of hometown hero Davis Riley, who took part of the lead in the first round and is now 7th in the bottom after a second round. similar.
1. Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes (-10):
With more than 150 starts out of his only win on the PGA Tour, Hughes is in the perfect position halfway to ending this winless drought. The Canadian has gone through a 2021-22 season averaging just three top 10 finishes, and after missing out on the Presidents Cup in his own Charlotte, North Carolina neighborhood, motivated to play well has never been higher with a vision to a competitive 2024 at home.
“Yes, I watched [the Presidents Cup]. I had some families in town that week, so we didn’t say it out loud, but I watched and watched the boys and pulled as I expected them to pull it off,” Hughes said. That’s certainly the driving force. I really wanted to be there, and that’s what I’ve marked on my calendar for the past year and a half. Once I knew it was coming for Charlotte, that was – I wanted to be on that team. It hurts, but that’s how it goes in this game sometimes. I will work hard to be on that team after two years in Montreal. “
3. Sepp Straka (-9)
T4. Mark Hubbard, Garrick Higgo, Scott Stallings (-8)
T7. Davis Riley, Nick Hardy, Stephan Jaeger (-7)
Mississippi’s Riley is still in this tournament after 36 holes. After leading the first round with 6 under 66, Riley stopped Friday with 1 under 71. Describing this week as “one of the worst driving weeks I’ve had in a long time,” kid The local kid got the job done despite the big stick. In addition to his ability to manage this club effectively, if he can correct the mistakes from the first two days of the weekend, Riley will have a real chance to win his first PGA Tour win in his own backyard.
“That means the world will have a chance to win this golf tournament,” Riley said. “But like I said (Thursday), there’s still a lot of work to be done. Yes, the game is in a good position. I didn’t score and do everything pretty well like I did (Thursday), but I do. “I’m still doing a lot of good work. I just need to make an adjustment or two here or there and be ready to move on (Saturday). “
Grillo first candidate for reaction of the season
With only six rounds in 2022-23, Emiliano Grillo may have had the best response to any hit this season. Getting his inner Hideki Matsuyama or even Mark Hubbard at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Argentinian showed disgust with his tee shot at par-3 on day 13.
Instead of his usual club drop, Grillo took it a step further and threw his club into the tall grass only for his ball to go 11 feet away from the peg. While his birdie attempt ultimately failed, Grillo signed a no-magic 7 under 65 and took a 4-stroke lead.
Is it too early to head towards the 2023 Ryder Cup?
My CBS Sports colleague Kyle Porter has pegged the first round leader as Rileyand I can’t help but look forward to Rome next fall. Rather than discussing the US side, it’s Team Europe’s backend that I find extremely compelling and could make or break their attempt to win the trophy back.
Both Detry and Straka will have a realistic chance of getting a pick from Captain Luke Donald if they continue to play this way for the foreseeable future. While barely thinking of the Europeans as they head into the Jackson weekend with a chance to win, I’m sure Donald is taking notes somewhere.
2022 Sanderson Farms Championship updated odds and selection
- Thomas Detry: 9/2
- Mackenzie Hughes: 7-1
- Sepp Straka: 7-1
- Scott Stallings: 2/17
- Davis Riley: 12-1
- Mark Hubbard: 16-1
- Sam Burns: 18-1
- Nick Hardy: 22-1
- Garrick Higgo: 22-1
- Emiliano Grillo: 28-1
- Stephan Jaeger: 28-1
The easy pick was Burns sitting in bottom 5 and only dropping five strokes despite losing more than two strokes on the green in the first two innings. Ranked second in hits hit from tee to green, conventional wisdom suggests that a hitter like Burns should be able to figure things out to move forward.
Personally, I would have loved to have Straka’s second trophy in less than a year, but the number was too short for my liking. If not interested in Straka or Burns, rookie Taylor Montgomery (-4) with a score of 60-1 is a worthy choice.