Sam Burns clinched his second PGA TOUR win of 2021 — and of his career — after holding off Nick Watney late in the game at the Sanderson Farms Championship. The 25-year-old Louisiana native and LSU graduate played an incredible back nine on Sunday, ending in a one-shot victory over Watney, who closed with a 65 and his best finish in more than three years.

Burns closed out the week at 5-under 67 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the Championship has been hosted for eight consecutive years. Burns claimed a $1.26 million prize from a $7 million purse and 500 FedExCup points, tying him with Max Homa for first place in the 2022 FedExCup.

Burns’ first TOUR win was at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in May. Now with his second win of the year — in his first start of the new season — Burns is projected to move to #18 in the world.

He ended a trend in which six of the last seven winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship captured their first PGA TOUR title. Six players in contention at the start of the final round had recently earned their PGA TOUR cards through the Korn Ferry TOUR.

“We are thrilled to have Sam as an ambassador for the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said executive director Steve Jent. “Sam made his professional debut at our tournament with a sponsor’s exemption here in 2017, now he has come full circle with an exciting win today. This has been a stellar week, and we look forward to doing this again in 2022!”

“This is definitely a full circle moment,” said Burns. “This is one of my favorite events on TOUR. I always enjoy coming here and being close to home, and for Steve (Jent) to give me that opportunity as a kid coming out of college, it meant a lot to me. God willing I’ll be able to play here for the next 20 years, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

The main benefactor of the Sanderson Farms Championship is Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only children’s hospital. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 62 additional Mississippi charities.

The total amount raised by the 2021 tournament will be announced later this year. The 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship will fall on the same week next year, September 26 -October 2, 2022.

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am

Morning Wave

1st place
Tom Hoge, Anirban Lahiri (pro) -19
Forrest Roberts, David Roberts, Eli Popicg

2nd place
Matthew Wolff, Patrick Rodgers (pro) -18
Ned Turnbull, Fred Tatersall, Johnny Lang

3rd place
Harold Varner III, Matt Wallace (pro) -18
Ross Ivey, Skip Scaggs, Joshua Thornton

Afternoon Wave

1st place
Doug Ghim, Nick Taylor (pro) -19
Jason Briceno, Tod Gitlin, Grady Griffin

2nd place
Wyndham Clark, Bo Van Pelt (pro) -15
Chip Houcek, Dow Kirkpatrick, Todd Adams

3rd place
Adam Schenk, Mito Pereira (pro) -14
Fred Carlisle, Damon Palmer, Larson Barkurn

2017 John Soules Pro-Am

2017 John Soules Pro-Am

1st place
Josh Creel (pro)
Lynn Morris, Jim Creel, Kint Burdine

2nd place
Dawie van der Walt (pro)
Thomas Stansell, Jeremey Morris, Hayes Singleton

3rd place
Hayden Buckley (pro)
Christian Brown, Steve Shockley, Paul Garcia

Online sales are now open for mobile tickets to the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship. The 2021 tournament will take place from September 27-October 3 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the PGA TOUR event has been hosted since 2014.

“We are excited to have our fans back, as last year we really missed the excitement and energy they bring to the tournament,” said executive director Steve Jent. “There is definitely a buzz among the PGA TOUR players that the Sanderson Farms Championship is a great event to play in the fall portion of the season. I really think the stars are aligning for this to be a special year!”

Ticket sales for the tournament are available through Ticketmaster’s Account Manager digital ticketing tool. Spectators may visit the tournament’s tickets page to access ticket sales. New for 2021, all tickets will be mobile. No printed tickets will be available.

Day-specific grounds tickets are $30, Good-Any-Day grounds tickets are $35, and youth 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Weekly ground tickets are also available for $60. In addition, Good-Any-Day and weekly grounds tickets are available for the BankPlus Fan Pavilion located on the 12th green, for $50 and $100 respectively.

All Military, Veterans, First Responders, and 911 Dispatchers receive two free mobile tickets each day, Thursday – Sunday. Visit Will Call, located at Northpark Mall, to show proper credentials and receive mobile tickets.

Admission to Wednesday’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am is free for spectators. Anyone attending this event will still need to present a mobile ticket, which should be ordered in advance online.

Parking and shuttle transportation for spectators will be at Northpark on County Line Road in Ridgeland. Accessible parking spaces will be located at Christ United Methodist Church on Old Canton Road in Jackson.

For a complete listing of ticket packages or to order, please visit the tickets page. For more information on ticket sales, please call the Sanderson Farms Championship office at 601.898.4653.

For seven years straight, Century Club Charities has broken its own record in charitable giving, announcing a $1.45 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital from proceeds of the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship.

At a news conference Tuesday, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship presented the $1.45M check to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH), the fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pediatric health care mission, including the state’s only children’s hospital.

“Through the efforts of our amazing Tournament Partners, especially our Title Sponsor, Sanderson Farms, as well as the Century Club Charities members, board, and staff; tournament volunteers, The Country Club of Jackson, and the PGA TOUR, the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship results far exceeded our wildest dreams for what could be done for Mississippi charities in 2020,” stated Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. “Thanks to a generous donation from Sanderson Farms, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship are making record contributions in a year when Children’s of Mississippi and other statewide charities are in greater need.”

“Today’s $1.45M gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital for the benefit of Children’s of Mississippi, coupled with over $250,000 to other Mississippi charities, makes the 2020 total giving impact of Century Club Charities amount to over $1.7 million statewide,” continued Busby. “We are truly blessed to be able to do what we do for the children, families, dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff who provide miraculous care to 150-175,000 children, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Since Sanderson Farms, Inc. became the Title Sponsor in 2013, the tournament and Century Club Charities has contributed over $11.5 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital  and other Mississippi charities.

“I am very proud of how our sponsors, volunteers, Century Club members, and staff responded to the challenges COVID-19 presented our team in 2020,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “To be able to follow the opening of the new Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower with another incredible charitable result speaks volumes about how committed our tournament constituents are to providing Mississippi’s children with world-class healthcare, no matter what obstacles are put in our path.”

“At this very moment, there are children upstairs in this remarkable Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower receiving life-saving treatment. That would never have been possible without the unwavering commitment that Century Club Charities has shown year after year, since 2016, to supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital in our quest to raise the dollars necessary to help make it happen,” said Melanie Morgan, Chair for Friends of Children’s Hospital. “Every business and individual who supports the Sanderson Farms Championship and Century Club Charities can be proud of the impact their investment has made for current and future generations of children to be cared for in this magnificent facility.”

The donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital will go toward completing the funding of the seven-story Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children’s of Mississippi. In 2016, Friends made a $20 million pledge to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, the philanthropic effort to help fund the project. So far, more than 85 percent of the campaign’s $100 million goal has been raised.

The Sanderson Tower more than doubles the square footage devoted to pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The state-of-the art facility includes two floors of private neonatal intensive care rooms where parents can stay with their babies as they grow healthier, a dozen advanced surgical suites, and a floor of private pediatric intensive care rooms. A pediatric imaging center and a multidisciplinary outpatient specialty clinic are also included, as is a parking garage nearby.

The tower opened for patient care November 2.

“While we weren’t able to gather in person for this year’s event, we are grateful for the opportunity to support Friends of Children’s Hospital and the thousands of children treated at Batson each year. The Sanderson Farms Championship is about much more than golf, and although we are faced with unusual circumstances, our focus remains the same,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., Sanderson Farms CEO and board chairman.

“This year, we witnessed with great pride, our community, state leaders, sports icons, and celebrities rally around the Championship like never before,” continued Sanderson. “I look forward to the day when we can stand side-by-side again in celebration of this hospital and the amazing work done here.”

“Despite a pandemic, Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship have come through yet again for children’s health care and the state’s only children’s hospital,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “We are so grateful for their continued support.”

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

JACKSON, Miss. (October 4, 2020) – With eyes closed, Sergio Garcia putted his way to his 11th PGA TOUR win, and his 31st worldwide, at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship. This was Garcia’s first TOUR win since the 2017 Masters. The 40-year-old birdied the final hole to claim a one-shot victory over Peter Malnati, who himself is a former SFC champion, winning the tournament in 2015.

Garcia closed out the week at 5-under 67 at The Country Club of Jackson, where the Championship has been hosted for seven consecutive years. Finishing at 19-under 269, Garcia claimed a $1.188 million prize and 500 FedExCup points, moving him to #4 in the standings for the 2021 FedExCup.

“It’s obviously the perfect ending for an amazing week,” said Garcia. “I watched this tournament last year when my good friend Sebastian Munoz won and I thought, ‘That looks like a really nice course!’ This year, because of everything that happened, my schedule allowed me to play a few tournaments in the fall, so it was great to be here, to play the way I played, to believe in myself the way I did.”

“We couldn’t have scripted a more exciting finish to this year’s tournament,” said executive director Steve Jent. “To have Peter Malnati as a former champion post 18-under, and then have Sergio chase him down, was really fun to watch! And, based on the overall reviews I received from players and caddies this week, I’m really excited about the future!”

“We are delighted to have welcomed some of the best golfers in the world as we had a beautiful week in Mississippi,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. This year has been challenging for many people across the world and though we missed having spectators on the course, we are pleased to have had a wonderful week of championship golf through unconventional circumstances. Sergio put on an extraordinary performance and we are thrilled to welcome him as our new champion. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 and hope to have the wonderful weather again next year.”

Earlier this year, and for the second year in a row, the Sanderson Farms Championship won the “Best Charity Integration” award by the PGA TOUR following the 2019 tournament. The award recognizes the PGA TOUR tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the young patients at Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to numerous additional charities arounds the state.

The total amount raised by the 2020 tournament will be announced later this year.

About Century Club Charities
Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $17 million for statewide charities, including $2.1 million in charitable impact in 2019.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its 10th year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

About Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 18,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything they do, not only where products are concerned, but companywide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity, and innovation that was established when the Sanderson family founded the company in 1947.

Allen X Pro-Am - Sanderson Farms Championship

1st place
Cameron Traingale/Stewart Cink (pros)
Dolph Baker, Max Bowman, Jim Poole – 54

2nd place
Henrik Norlander, Beau Hossler (pros)
Wayne Whitley, David Sinclair, Rod Freeman – 56

3rd place
Peter Malnati (pro – 18 holes)
David Gadd, Andrew Martin, Brock Martin – 57

1st place
Brian Harman/Matt Jones (pros)
Shawn Sullivan, Joseph Zuppardo, Manard Lagasse – 57*

2nd place
Byeong Hun An/Emiliano Grillo (pros)
Corey Bordes, Brett Lawson, David Calhoun – 57

3rd place
Denny McCarthy/Scott Brown (pros)
Keith Dallalio, Josh Johns, Jeff Robinson – 58*

*-denotes won on a tiebreaking playoff hole.

(September 30, 2020) – The final field is set for the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi.

The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship qualifier are MJ Daffue, Zack Fischer, Steve Lewton, and Jay McLuen.

Monday’s additions complete a full field of 144 players including Zach Johnson, 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including two majors, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship. Johnson is also the recipient of the 2020 Payne Stewart Award in honor of his character, sportsmanship, and dedication to charitable giving.

Also part of the field is Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters Champion and 2008 PLAYERS Championship winner), Henrik Stenson (2016 Open Championship winner, 2013 FedExCup Champion); Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship winner); Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters Champion); Luke Donald (2002 Sanderson Farms Champion and former #1 in the World); and Lucas Glover (2009 US Open Champion); and FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker (2012 FedExCup Champion).

The 2020 Sanderson Farms Champion, Sebastián Muñoz, is back to defend his title. Muñoz finished #8 in the 2020 FedExCup Championship.

Other past champions who are returning to compete are Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Luke Donald (2002), Bill Haas (2010), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), and D.J. Trahan (2006).

“Our priority remains to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “We’ve worked closely with the City of Jackson and State of Mississippi officials throughout this process, and even without fans present onsite this year, we are going to show off a great field to the world through the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, and PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM Ch. 92.”

Tournament play for the 53rd Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 1-4, 2020 at The Country Club of Jackson. For a full list of committed players, please visit:
sandersonfarmschampionship.com/schedules-events/committed-players.

1st place
William McGirt (pro)
Robert Crowe, Steve Weathersby, Paul Billingsly

2nd place
Michael Gligic (pro)
David Conn, Christopher Brister, Heath Graham

3rd place
Andrew Putnam (pro)
Peter Boehme, Judson Naifeh, Rick James