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2021 Sanderson Farms Championship odds, Fantasy rankings: Player predictions for your PGA Tour picks from golf expert

Riley Gates has his finger on the pulse of fantasy golf, and he has revealed his top 20 golfers for this week's event at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi
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The PGA Tour season gets rolling again Thursday when the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship tees off at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. Defending champion Sergio Garcia, who shot 19 under par last year to beat Peter Malnati by one stroke, and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris highlight the field.  

Caesars Sportsbook lists Zalatoris and Sam Burns as the 18-1 co-favorites in its latest 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship golf odds. Garcia (22-1), Sungjae Im (22-1) and Corey Conners (22-1) are among the other golfers from the Sanderson Farms Championship field expected to contend. 

Before you lock in any of your Fantasy golf rankings or bet the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship, you HAVE TO see what fantasy expert Riley Gates has to say.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered  a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.    

At the season-opening Fortinet Championship two weeks ago, six of Gates' top 10 picks finished in the top 25, including winner Max Homa. "Not many are looking at Homa when trying to pick contenders, but you never know when he will get hot," Gates told SportsLine.

The result? Homa shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to surge to a one-stroke victory over Maverick McNealy for his third PGA Tour victory.    

Now, Gates has ranked the top 20 golfers for the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship. We can tell you he is fully behind Sam Burns this week. The 25-year-old got his first PGA Tour victory at last year's Valspar Championship and finished the season on a strong run. He had two top-10s in his final four events, including a T-2 at the WGC-St. Jude, and closed with 69-68 to finish T-18 at the Tour Championship. Gates is looking for big things from him this season!            

On the other hand, Gates is slightly fading Sungjae Im, who doesn't crack the fantasy expert's top five this week. The South Korean also had a pretty solid finish, but his 2020-21 season was up-and down last year, as he finished in the top 25 in less than half his events (16 of 35). He finally took some time off, so he should be rested, but Gates is a little wary this week and has better options for your Fantasy golf picks!

Instead, the fantasy expert has a long-shot nearly at the top of his list who comes in at well over 30-1! This international player had a victory last season and had some top-10 finishes in a few of the bigger events. He could thrive in this second-tier field and pull off a victory in Jackson! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is and check out Gates' top picks before you bet the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship or enter any Fantasy golf picks.

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