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With the Ryder Cup now in the rearview mirror, the PGA Tour shifts to a run of eight events this calendar year where golfers can pile up points counting toward the 2021-22 FedEx Cup Standings. First up is the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship, an event played at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. There are 500 FedEx Cup points on the line and a purse of $7 million up for grabs. The first tee times are set for Thursday morning.

Sergio Garcia is the defending champion, and he's listed at 18-1 in the latest 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook. He's tied with Sungjae Im on the PGA odds board, and those 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship contenders trail only Will Zalatoris and Sam Burns, the 16-1 co-favorites. Before locking in your 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine's proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed last June. In fact, it's up almost $10,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

At the 2021 Open Championship, McClure's best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 long shot. He was also all over Daniel Berger (+220) and Emiliano Grillo (+700) finishing inside the top-20. McClure's best bets netted over $2,200 at the 2021 Open Championship.

In addition, McClure's model was all over Jon Rahm's (10-1) first career major championship victory at the 2021 U.S. Open. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend, but the model still projected him as the winner. And at the 2021 Masters, McClure nailed Rahm's (+250) top-five finish in his best bets, as well as Corey Conners' (+550) top-10 showing.  

This same model has also nailed a whopping seven majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.

Now that the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard.

The model's top 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship predictions 

One major surprise the model is calling for at the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship: Sam Burns, a PGA Tour champion and one of the top favorites, barely cracks the top five. Burns is coming off an impressive season on the PGA Tour, winning the Valspar Championship and securing a total of eight top-10 finishes. Those impressive results helped Burns record an 18th-place finish at the Tour Championship, which featured the top-30 players in the FedEx Cup standings. 

Burns finished last season with four consecutive top-25 finishes, but he struggled at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2020. In fact, Burns missed the cut at the Country Club of Jackson after shooting a 74 in the second round. The 25-year-old struggled to find the fairway off the tee last season, ranking 124th in driving accuracy percentage (58.90). His inability to find the fairway off the tee, coupled with his ineffectiveness around the green doesn't bode well for his chances to finish on top of the leaderboard this week. He's not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in the Sanderson Farms Championship 2021 field.

Another surprise: Si-Woo Kim, a 30-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a better chance to win than his odds imply, making him a great value selection for 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship bets. The 26-year old South Korea native has four professional wins.

Three have come on the PGA Tour, including one at The American Express tournament earlier in 2021. He fired a fourth-round 64 in that event to help him to 23-under for the tournament and a one-stroke win. He's first in birdie average (6.00/round) and 10th in scoring average (70.073) in the young 2021-22 PGA Tour season, so he certainly has the ability to post some low scores and be in contention in Jackson this weekend. 

How to make 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship picks

The model is also targeting four other golfers with odds longer than 30-1 who will make surprising runs, including an epic long shot going off higher than 55-1. Anyone who backs these long shots could hit it big. You can only see them here.

So who will win the Sanderson Farms Championship 2021? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard, all from the model that's nailed seven golf majors and is up almost $10,000 since the restart.

2021 Sanderson Farms Championship odds

Will Zalatoris 16-1
Sam Burns 16-1
Sergio Garcia 18-1
Sungjae Im 18-1
Corey Conners 22-1
Si-Woo Kim 30-1
Keegan Bradley 33-1
Harold Varner 33-1
Cameron Tringale 33-1
Cameron Davis 33-1
Mito Pereira 33-1
Charley Hoffman 35-1
Sebastian Munoz 40-1
Kevin Streelman 40-1
Talor Gooch 40-1
Seamus Power 40-1
Gary Woodland 45-1
Patton Kizzire 50-1
Aaron Wise 50-1
Carlos Ortiz 50-1
Emiliano Grillo 50-1
Chez Reavie 50-1
Mackenzie Hughes 55-1
Matthias Schwab 60-1
Taylor Pendrith 60-1
Matthew Wolff 60-1
Scott Stallings 66-1
Doug Ghim 66-1
Zach Johnson 66-1
C.T. Pan 66-1
Patrick Rodgers 66-1
Joel Dahmen 70-1
Joseph Bramlett 70-1
Keith Mitchell 70-1
Chad Ramey 70-1
Brendon Todd 70-1
Taylor Moore 80-1
Lucas Glover 80-1
Lucas Herbert 80-1
Scott Piercy 80-1
Aaron Rai 80-1
Chris Kirk 80-1
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 80-1
Lanto Griffin 90-1
Luke List 90-1
Brendan Steele 100-1
Stephan Jaeger 100-1
Adam Schenk 100-1
Hudson Swafford 100-1
Ryan Armour 100-1
Nick Taylor 100-1
Brandt Snedeker 100-1
Adam Hadwin 100-1
Henrik Norlander 100-1
Bronson Burgoon 100-1
Rory Sabbatini 100-1
Sahith Theegala 100-1
Matt Wallace 100-1
Andrew Putnam 100-1
Brian Stuard 125-1
John Augenstein 125-1
David Lipsky 125-1
Martin Laird 125-1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 125-1
Adam Svensson 125-1
J.T. Poston 125-1
Greyson Sigg 125-1
Denny McCarthy 125-1
Sepp Straka 125-1
Dylan Frittelli 125-1
Russell Knox 125-1
Tom Hoge 125-1
Doc Redman 125-1
Roger Sloan 125-1
Kevin Tway 150-1
Nick Hardy 150-1
Alex Smalley 150-1
Vincent Whaley 150-1
Robert Streb 150-1
Richy Werenski 150-1
Peter Malnati 150-1
Sung-Hoon Kang 150-1
Dawie Van Der Walt 150-1
Ryan Moore 150-1
Brandon Hagy 150-1
Nate Lashley 150-1
Michael Thompson 150-1
Hayden Buckley 150-1
Brandon Wu 175-1
Jimmy Walker 175-1
Wyndham Clark 175-1
Camilo Villegas 175-1
Kevin Chappell 200-1
Chesson Hadley 200-1
Dylan Wu 200-1
Davis Riley 200-1
Davis Thompson 200-1
Austin Cook 200-1
Matthew NeSmith 200-1
Brice Garnett 200-1
Joshua Creel 200-1
Anirban Lahiri 200-1
Seth Reeves 200-1
Sam Ryder 200-1
Kramer Hickok 200-1
Tyler McCumber 200-1
John Huh 200-1
Lee Hodges 250-1
Trey Mullinax 250-1
Andrew Landry 250-1
Michael Gligic 250-1
David Skinns 250-1
Kurt Kitayama 250-1
Adam Long 250-1
Andy Ogletree 250-1
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra 250-1
Paul Barjon 300-1
Nick Watney 300-1
Tyler Duncan 300-1
Bill Haas 300-1
Cameron Young 300-1
Andrew Novak 300-1
Scott Gutschewski 300-1
Callum Tarren 300-1
Ben Kohles 350-1