2022 Sanderson Farms Championship standings, scores: Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes split the lead after round two

Thomas Detry has signed for a second straight 5-under-67 to earn a share of the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship lead heading into the weekend. A PGA Tour rookie in name only, Detry sits 10 under alongside Mackenzie Hughes who returned a 9 under 63 on Friday to put his name back in contention.

Having earned some status 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 midst of quality golf for some time. His success in Idaho followed a top-10 finish at the Scottish Open and followed by a top-five result at the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

Since taking his talents to the PGA Tour, Detry has kicked off his rookie season without a hitch despite his busy travel schedule. The 29-year-old impressed at the Fortinet Championship with a T12 result and looks set to improve on his efforts in Napa.

Playing in Europe for the past six seasons, Detry has been inexplicably winless professionally since his Challenge Tour days in 2016. Having experienced a number of close calls, perhaps the change of scenery, venue and tour will allow him to finally enter the circle of winners.

Hoping that is not the case, a number of his pursuers, including his co-leader Hughes. Defending Honda Classic champion Sepp Straka also looks up for the challenge when he arrives in Jackson, Mississippi, fresh out of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Austrian is alone in third and a few strokes ahead of hometown hero Davis Riley who took a share of the first lap lead and now sits 7 under after an average second lap.

The leaders

1. Thomas Detry and Mackenzie Hughes (-10):

With more than 150 starts removed from his lone PGA Tour win, Hughes is perfectly positioned at the midpoint to end this winless drought. The Canadian had an average 2021-22 season that featured just three top-10 finishes, and after missing out on the Presidents Cup in his own neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, the motivation to play well is nagging. has never been higher with sights on the 2024 competition in his home country.

“Yes, I looked [the Presidents Cup]. I had family in town that week so we didn’t make it out, but I was watching and watching the boys and shooting like hell to get them out,” Hughes said. “It was motivating for sure. I really wanted to be there, and it was something that I had kind of marked on my calendar for a year and a half. Once I knew it was going to happen in Charlotte, it was – I wanted to be on that team. It hurts, but sometimes that’s how it goes in this game. I’ll work hard to be on this team in two years in Montreal. »

Other suitors

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 dominating the first round with a 6-under 66, Riley stalled Friday with a 1-under 71. Describing this week as “one of the worst riding weeks I’ve had so far in a long time,” the local kid got the job done despite the big stick. More than capable of handling this club effectively, if he is able to right the wrongs of the first two days of the weekend, Riley will have a real shot at earning his first PGA Tour victory in his own backyard.

“It would mean the world had a chance to win this golf tournament,” Riley said. “But as I said (Thursday), there is a lot of work to do. Yes, the game is in a good position. I haven’t scored and done things as well as I did (Thursday) , but I’m still doing a lot of good things. I just need to make a few adjustments here and there and get ready to go again (Saturday).”

Grillo early candidate for reaction of the season

Only six rounds into the 2022-23 season, Emiliano Grillo may already have the best reaction to any shot this season. Channeling his inside Hideki Matsuyama or even Mark Hubbard at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Argentine was disgusted by his tee shot on the par-3 13.

Instead of the occasional club drop, Grillo went further and threw his club into the tall grass only to have his ball land 11 feet from the pin. As his birdie effort eventually slipped, Grillo signed for a 7-under 65 with no bogey and sits four shots off the lead.

Is it too early to consider the 2023 Ryder Cup?

My CBS Sports colleague Kyle Porter identified first-round leader Riley as a potential future Ryder Cup participant and I can’t help but think of Rome next fall. Instead of talking about the USA team, it’s the European team backend that I find extremely intriguing and who could make or break their efforts to regain the cup.

Both Detry and Straka should have a realistic opportunity to earn a Captain Luke Donald selection if they continue to play this way for the foreseeable future. Although the Europeans have little in mind as they head into the weekend in Jackson with a chance to win, I’m sure Donald is taking notes somewhere.

Sanderson Farms Championship 2022 updated odds and picks

  • Thomas Detry: 9/2
  • Mackenzie Hughes: 7-1
  • Sepp Straka: 7-1
  • Scott Stalling: 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 is Burns who sits 5 under and just five strokes back despite losing more than two strokes to the greens in the first two rounds. Ranking second in strokes won from tee to green, conventional wisdom suggests that a putter like Burns should be able to figure things out going forward.

Personally, I love Straka’s chances of lifting his second trophy in less than a year, but the number is a bit short for my liking. If Straka or Burns aren’t interested, rookie Taylor Montgomery (-4) at 60-1 is an attractive option.