Sanderson Farms Championship moves to September, increases purse

Published 7:55 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

JACKSON (AP) — The Sanderson Farms Championship is moving its tournament dates for next season and increasing its purse money in hopes of attracting a better field.

The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that the tournament held in Jackson will have its own weekend on the schedule September 16-22 and increase its purse to $6.6 million, which is up from last year’s $4.4 million. It will be the second week of the 2019-20 season, one week after The Greenbrier Classic.

The winner will earn $1.188 million, receive a full allotment of 500 FedExCup points, and earn a spot in the field for the Masters. Cameron Champ, the 2018 winner, took home $774,000 and 300 FedExCup points.

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The Sanderson Farms Championship had previously been played in late October and was on the same weekend as the World Golf Championships, which attracted many of the world’s top players. The tournament has been played at the Country Club of Jackson since 2014.

The Sanderson Farms Championship has been an official PGA Tour event since 1986 but has roots back to 1968. Sanderson Farms signed on as title sponsor starting in 2013 and in 2015 agreed to a 10-year extension through 2026, matching the longest title sponsor agreement of any sponsor on the PGA Tour.

“It was simply the right time to contemplate the future and what kind of commitment we were going to make going forward,” said Joe Sanderson. “We believe that it is important, particularly for the charities and for Batson Children’s Hospital to know that we will be here for them, and for the Jackson metro area and the state of Mississippi to know that they can depend on us. We are excited to be a part of the new chapter in the tournament’s history.”