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.

The Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship

The final field is set for the 2021 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 Quade Cummins, Grant Hirschman, Kyle Reifers, and Sam Saunders.

The additions complete a full field of 144 players including Major winners Gary Woodland (U.S. Open 2019, first-timer at Sanderson Farms Championship), 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR Zach Johnson (Masters 2007, The Open Championship 2015), Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open 2009) will join 2021 defending champion, and 2017 Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia this week at the 54th Sanderson Farms Championship.

The above list of players join past tournament champions Sebastián Muñoz (2019) Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011) and Bill Haas (2010, FedExCup 2011).

Also in the final field are 2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2017 Players Champion Si Woo Kim, and South Korean golfer Sungjae Im, (T2) 2020 Masters.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety and caliber of players in just our third year as a stand-alone event,” said Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “We are ready to show off this amazing field to the world through the Golf Channel, PGA TOUR/Live, and PGA TOUR Radio, SiriusXM Ch. 92.”

Spectators may visit the Sanderson Farms Championship TICKETS page to purchase through Ticketmaster. Reminder for 2021, all tickets are mobile. No printed tickets are available. Kids 17 & under are FREE with a ticketed adult (daily and weekly grounds only).

Admission to Wednesday’s Allen Exploration Pro-Am is free for spectators. Anyone attending this event will still need to present a mobile Daily Grounds ticket, which are available on the Sanderson Farms Championship TICKETS page. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. for the Pro-Am.

Will Call, 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.

The 54th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi. For the full field, visit SFC Committed Players.

Logos for Michelob Ultra and Southern Beverage Company

The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Jackson-based Southern Beverage Company, distributor of Michelob Ultra®, has recommitted to the 2021 PGA TOUR event as the Official Sponsor of The Ultra® Club, now conveniently located near the course’s putting green.

The Ultra Club® is open to the public and will feature Michelob Ultra, the Championship’s Official Beer, as well as other Southern Beverage Company beers. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks will also be available for purchase.
Live, acoustic, musical acts will perform live at The Ultra Club® Thursday – Sunday afternoons.

“We are thrilled to have Southern Beverage Company and Michelob Ultra® once again sponsor The Ultra® Club which we have moved to the area alongside the putting green,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Along with Michelob Ultra®, we’ll be serving other Southern Beverage Company beers in all concessions and at parties/events during the week. We greatly appreciate the Costas family joining us in our charitable giving endeavors.”

“Southern Beverage Company is honored to once again team up with the Sanderson Farms Championship as The Ultra® Club sponsor and as the provider of the event’s Official Beer,” said Theo P. Costas Jr., CEO of Southern Beverage Company. “We are proud to support the event and its primary charitable recipient, Friends of Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi, as well as other charities throughout Mississippi.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, September 27 – October 3, 2021.

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

Sanderson Farms Championship officials announced today that Major winners Webb Simpson (U.S. Open 2012), Gary Woodland (U.S. Open 2019), Zach Johnson (Masters 2007, The Open Championship 2015), Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship 2016) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open 2009) will join defending champion and 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia at the 54th Sanderson Farms Championship, September 27 – October 3, 2021. This will be Woodland’s first visit to the tournament and Simpson’s first since 2010.

The above list of players join past tournament champions Sebastián Muñoz (2019) Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011) and Bill Haas (2010, FedExCup 2011) among the early commits.

Also expected to compete are 2011 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker, 2017 Players Champion Si Woo Kim, and 2021 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris. Zalatoris, 25, finished the season with eight Top 10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Masters. Garcia (2008) and Simpson (2018) are also Players Champions. In total, the current field has 159 victories on the PGA TOUR.

Joining with a special tournament exemption is 2019 U.S. Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree. Andy, who hails from Union, MS, graduated Georgia Tech in 2020, was low amateur at the 2020 Masters, and was a member of the victorious 2019 Walker Cup Team.

“We’re amazed at the strength of our field in just our third year as a stand-alone event,” said executive director Steve Jent. “When you combine our position as the second event of the new FedExCup season, along with the golf course’s reputation, especially the greens, and the hospitality the players experience, there’s now a buzz that this is an event players need to add to their schedule.”

Pat Busby, President of Century Club Charities, Inc. added, “The Sanderson Farms Championship continues to grow in popularity with the purse for this year’s play at $7 million, with $1,260,000 going to the winner along with 500 FedExCup points and a Masters invitation. We will announce additional player commitments and the final field next week.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has recommitted to sponsor the 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship Youth Events. The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will sponsor the First Tee of Central Mississippi Youth Clinic on Monday, September 27, and the All-Star Kids’ Clinic for special needs students, ages 8-21, to be held Tuesday, September 28, at 4:15 p.m. on Cypress No. 9. These events give the younger generation the opportunity to see what golf is all about, while enjoying a fun practice time on the greens.

“We are proud to continue our support of the Sanderson Farms Championship events that highlight the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for our youth,” said Bryan Lagg, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Sales, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “These events introduce future generations of Mississippians to a sport they can play for a lifetime of healthy living.”

Military and First Responders admitted free to the tournament in 2021

The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that Tournament Partner Trustmark has recommitted to be a presenting sponsor of The Outpost during the 2021 tournament.

Sanderson Farms Championship, in it’s 54th year, is scheduled for September 27-October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Outpost is an open-air hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military and first responder units from Mississippi gather annually to relax and enjoy the tournament. Guest military include active-duty, reserve, and retired service members, as well as veterans. First Responders include Fire, Police, Emergency Personnel, and 911 Dispatchers.

Members of the military and first responders with proper ID (and one guest per person) will be admitted free to the 2021 tournament. Military and first responders who show their official identification may access two (2) free tournament Daily Grounds Tickets through Ticketmaster.com.

“We are honored to offer our military guests and first responders a special, complimentary location to congregate during the tournament,” said Melanie Morgan, Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing. “Trustmark’s sponsorship of The Outpost is a way for us to express our deep appreciation to our veterans, as well as active-duty, reserve, and retired military service members and first responders for their commitment, courage, and bravery to keeping America free and safe.”

“We are excited to host our vital military and first responders at The Outpost,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “It’s really important for us to be able to show our appreciation to these heroes for what they do for the nation and our communities.”

For the eighth year, Trustmark will also serve as a presenting sponsor of the Tournament’s Sponsor Party held during tournament week.

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophy

Sergio Garcia holding the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship trophySergio is coming back to Jackson! Sergio Garcia, regarded as one of the most talented golfers in the sport, announced tonight via Zoom to Century Club Charities members and tournament sponsors that he will be returning this month to defend his Sanderson Farms Championship title.

The 54th Sanderson Farms Championship is scheduled for September 27 – October 3, 2021 at The Country Club of Jackson. The 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship purse is $7 million with $1.26 million to the winner.

“I’m excited to return to Jackson to defend my title at the Sanderson Farms Championship in September,” said Sergio Garcia. “It’s always an amazing feeling to go back to a place that you have had success, but it’s particularly special to go back to a course as amazing as The Country Club of Jackson!”

“We are beyond excited that Sergio is coming back to compete, and that our fans are back this year to watch him defend in person,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “It will be fun to watch his game again, and we were crossing our fingers that he could arrange a return to Mississippi.”

In his first Sanderson Farms Championship start, then 40-year-old Sergio Garcia birdied the 72nd hole with a putt from 2 feet, 6 inches to win for the 11th time on TOUR in his 368th start. With his win, Garcia became the fourth consecutive 54-hole leader/co-leader to win the Sanderson Farms Championship. The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship marked Garcia’s 11th PGA TOUR victory and his first since the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Now, Garcia owns victories in three different decades on the PGA TOUR (2000s, 2010s, 2020s). He is the 78th player to achieve this feat, and he also won twice in 1999 as a 19-year-old on the European Tour. With the win, Garcia received invitations to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the PGA Championship.

About Sergio Garcia’s season after the win:

  • Garcia’s win at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship kick-started a banner year for Garcia. After his win, he would go on to claim three additional top-10 finishes.
  • Garcia finished T9 at THE PLAYERS Championship, T5 at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, and T6 at the BMW Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs.
  • Garcia’s T6 finish at the BMW Championship was enough to move him from 44th in the FedExCup standings to 28th and into the following week’s TOUR Championship. It marked the first time since 2017 that Garcia qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship.
  • Following four scores of par-or-better at East Lake, Garcia finished T14 in his 11th start at the season-ending TOUR Championship.

Sanderson Farms Championship officials will make additional player announcements in the coming weeks. The field will be finalized at the commitment deadline on Friday, September 24.

The Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that BankPlus is once again sponsoring the BankPlus Fan Pavilion and the BankPlus Junior Pro-Am. The 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship is scheduled for September 27 – October 3 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The BankPlus Fan Pavilion is a shared hospitality venue on the 12th green with a tiered viewing deck that also overlooks the 13th hole. Accessible to all spectators with an upgraded ticket, the open-air setting offers premium concessions and a cash bar, as well as large-screen TVs.

Fan Pavilion opportunities include Daily Grounds tickets for $45, Good Any Day tickets for $50, and a weekly package (Thursday-Sunday) for $100.  All three tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com.

“We are honored to once again partner with the Sanderson Farms Championship as part of Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event,” said Bill Ray, CEO of BankPlus. “We feel the BankPlus Fan Pavilion is the perfect venue for spectators to get as close to the action as possible.”

“We are deeply appreciative to BankPlus for their ongoing support of the Championship,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “The BankPlus Junior Pro-Am, recognizing Mississippi’s most outstanding junior golfers during the Mississippi Golf Association’s summer league, is the only Pro-Am of its kind on the PGA TOUR. The BankPlus Fan Pavilion provides a lively gathering place for everyone to watch the best professional golfers in the world.”

Junior amateurs will have the opportunity to play alongside a PGA TOUR professional during the BankPlus Junior Pro-Am, a 9-hole event set for Wednesday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. on The Country Club of Jackson’s Cypress course.  About BankPlus
Founded in 1909, BankPlus is one of the Southeast’s premier regional banks serving consumers and businesses with the latest technology through a full suite of financial services, including retail banking, commercial banking, mortgage lending and wealth management. With over $5 billion in total assets, BankPlus operates 79 financial centers throughout Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. For more information about BankPlus, visit www.bankplus.net.

Although spectators weren’t able to flock to The Country Club of Jackson for the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, that did not stop the event from accomplishing its important mission of supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital. A two-time winner of the PGA TOUR’s “Best Charity Integration” award, even a pandemic could not restrict tournament organizers from incorporating Children’s of Mississippi into every facet of the event.

Using the hashtag #AllInForChildrens, the tournament sold face masks with the logos of the Sanderson Farms Championship and Children’s of Mississippi to offset the funds lost from ticket sales for the annual PGA TOUR event. “Most importantly, we want to raise the dollars donated to Children’s of Mississippi that the 175,000 children treated in the children’s hospital and clinics annually depend on each year,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms.

Much like the success of the “All In For Children’s” campaign, the tournament was remarkably successful considering pandemic restrictions including hosting two pro-am tournaments and a full field of 144 players. The field also included several former Sanderson Farms Championship winners and defending 2019 champion, Sebastián Muñoz.

In the end, it was Sergio Garcia who putted his way to his 11th PGA TOUR win, marking his 31st win worldwide, at the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship. This win marked 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 Sanderson Farms Championship winner, claiming the title back in 2015. Finishing at 19-under 269, Garcia claimed a $1.188 million prize and 500 FedExCup points.

“It’s obviously the perfect ending for an amazing week,” said Garcia. “I watched this tournament last year when my good friend, Sebastián Muñoz, won and I thought, ‘that looks like a really nice course!’ This year [2020], 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, and to believe in myself the way I did.”

With the success of the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship amidst unprecedented challenges, tournament organizers look forward to welcoming spectators at the 2021 tournament scheduled to be played September 27-October 3 at The Country Club of Jackson.

“We’re excited to welcome back our fans to the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Steve Jent, executive director of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “Last year, we really missed the energy our spectators create, and I’m certain this year’s field will once again be one of the best we’ve hosted. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 very closely, and our planning is guided with the health and safety of everyone involved in the tournament as our highest priority.”

All efforts are focused on giving fans an incredible and meaningful experience in a safe environment. As a result, all tickets will once again be digital this year and all on-site transactions will be contactless.

“We are back and look forward to your being part of what is sure to be an exciting week with 144 of the PGA TOUR’s best professional golfers competing in the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Pat Busby, president of Century Club Charities. “The total stand-alone purse has increased to $7 million in 2021, and coupled with a Masters Tournament invitation and 500 FedExCup points, the schedule provides a fantastic opportunity for players to get off to a fast start in the 2021-22 FedExCup.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship announced today that Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company has recommitted as a Tournament Partner and Official Volunteer Sponsor for the fall PGA TOUR event. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be held at The Country Club of Jackson, September 27 – October 3, 2021.

“Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company is thrilled to continue our Tournament Partnership with the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said David Hurt, Senior VP, Marketing, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. “As the Championship’s Official Volunteer Sponsor, our employees will welcome the hands-on opportunity to make a difference for Mississippi charities and our children in need.”

Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for the event that in 2020 alone created a charitable impact of over $1.7 million for Mississippi charities. Now in its 54th year, Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event has raised over $19 million for Mississippi charities.

The Sanderson Farms Championship needs 1,000+ volunteers each year to serve in a variety of positions. Many statewide companies provide a large number of the tournament’s volunteers by sponsoring their employees as volunteer groups. Individual volunteer opportunities are available for those 15 and older. In order to reserve a spot on their preferred committee, those interested are encouraged to sign up early.
For details of each position please click here: Volunteer Opportunities. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call the Championship office at 601.898.4653 or email kacie@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.