Sanderson Farms Championship

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Sanderson Farms Championship
Tournament information
Location Jackson, Mississippi
Established 1968; 46 years ago (1968)
Course(s) Country Club of Jackson
Length 7,354 yards (6,724 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $4.0 million
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Dan Halldorson (1986)
To par −24 Scott Stallings (2012)
Current champion
Canada Nick Taylor
Country Clubof Jackson is located in United States
Country Clubof Jackson
Country Club
of Jackson
Location in the United States
Country Clubof Jackson is located in Mississippi
Country Clubof Jackson
Country Club
of Jackson
Location in Mississippi

The Sanderson Farms Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played annually in Mississippi. It moved to the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson in autumn 2014, early in the 2015 season.

The tournament has been part of the PGA Tour schedule since 1968, and has raised more than $7.3 million for statewide charities. Originally played at the Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, the event moved in 1994 to Annandale Golf Club in Madison, which hosted through 2013.

Sponsor Sanderson Farms is one of the nation's leading food corporations and is based in Mississippi, in Laurel. The tournament's host organization, Century Club Charities, is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is promoting the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The Sanderson Farms Championship's primary charity is Friends of Children's Hospital, a 501(c)(3) benefitting the Blair E. Batson Hospital for children.

Course[edit]

The Country Club of Jackson opened 100 years ago in 1914. It is a private club with 27 championship holes, 18 of which were re-designed by John Fought in 2008 and measure 7,284 yards (6,660 m) from the championship tees. Fought's layout incorporates classic Donald Ross flavor – parkland style routing with smallish, tricky greens – which range in size from 5,000 to 8,500 square feet (460 to 790 m2).

History[edit]

Known as the Magnolia State Classic from 1968 through 1985 with notable winners including Roger Maltbie, Craig Stadler, and Payne Stewart, the tournament was renamed the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in 1986. From 1999 to 2006, it was known as the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, from 2007 to 2011 as the Viking Classic, and in 2012 as the True South Classic.

In the past, this tournament was generally played opposite of a major or limited field tournament (officially termed an "alternate event" by the PGA Tour). It later became part of the Fall Series, a group of events held after The Tour Championship, before returning to its former status as an alternate event in 2011. In either case, the leading players in men's professional golf rarely participate. Until 1994, it was played opposite The Masters and then opposite the British Open in the mid-90s. More recently, it played opposite various World Golf Championships and The Tour Championship. From 2007 to 2010, it generally played opposite the major team events involving PGA Tour players, namely the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. In 2011, it returned to the PGA Tour regular season opposite the British Open in July.

It has been an official money event on the PGA Tour since 1994. Prior to that, it was a satellite event with the money counting but the wins counting as unofficial.

From 2007 to 2010, it was part of the Fall Series. Because the FedEx Cup season championship was already determined by that time, elite players generally passed on Fall Series events; most players in the tournament were trying to either make the Top 125 on the money list and retain their tour cards, or earn a quick two-year exemption by winning. The 2007 event was played in the same week as the Presidents Cup; most of the top Tour players played in that event instead of the Viking Classic. The situation was similar in 2008, with the tournament being scheduled opposite the Ryder Cup. The 2009 purse was due to be $3,700,000, with $666,000 going to the winner. That year's event was also to be the first in the tournament's recent history to be the sole event on the PGA Tour schedule for that week, as it had been moved to the end of October with a scheduled finish on November 1. However, the tournament was cancelled on October 31, due to unplayable conditions at the Annandale Golf Club. The event was not rescheduled.[1] The 2010 event was again held opposite the Ryder Cup. This would be the tournament's last fall edition, as it would move into the regular season the following year. In 2013, the title sponsor changed to Sanderson Farms.[2] The tournament was not held in the 2013–14 season because of the new PGA Tour wraparound season; the 2014 tournament, which will be part of the 2014–15 season, will move to late October and be played opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.[3]

As an alternate event, the winner does not get an invitation to the Masters Tournament, but does earn a trip to the PGA Championship, a two-year PGA Tour exemption, a minimum of 24 OWGR points, and 300 FedEx Cup points.

Winners[edit]

Season Date Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Opposite event
Sanderson Farms Championship
2015 Nov 9, 2014 Nick Taylor  Canada 272 −16 720,000 4,000,000 WGC-HSBC Champions
2013 Jul 21, 2013 Woody Austin  United States 268 −20 540,000 3,000,000 Open Championship
True South Classic
2012 Jul 22, 2012 Scott Stallings  United States 268 −24 540,000 3,000,000 Open Championship
Viking Classic
2011 Jul 17, 2011 Chris Kirk  United States 268 −22 648,000 3,600,000 Open Championship
2010 Oct 3, 2010 Bill Haas  United States 268 −15 648,000 3,600,000 Ryder Cup
2009 Nov 1, 2009 Tournament cancelled[1] 666,000 3,700,000 None
2008 Sep 21, 2008 Will MacKenzie  United States 268 −19 648,000 3,600,000 Ryder Cup
2007 Sep 30, 2007 Chad Campbell  United States 268 −13 630,000 3,500,000 Presidents Cup
Southern Farm Bureau Classic
2006 Oct 1, 2006 D. J. Trahan  United States 268 −13 540,000 3,000,000 WGC-American Express Championship
2005 Nov 6, 2005 Heath Slocum  United States 268 −21 540,000 3,000,000 The Tour Championship
2004 Oct 3, 2004 Fred Funk  United States 268 −22 540,000 3,000,000 WGC-American Express Championship
2003 Oct 5, 2003 John Huston  United States 268 −20 540,000 3,000,000 WGC-American Express Championship
2002 Nov 3, 2002 Luke Donald  England 268 −-52 468,000 2,600,000 The Tour Championship
2001 Nov 4, 2001 Cameron Beckman  United States 268 −19 432,000 2,400,000 The Tour Championship
2000 Nov 5, 2000 Steve Lowery  United States 268 −22 396,000 2,200,000 The Tour Championship
1999 Nov 1, 1999 Brian Henninger  United States 268 −14 360,000 2,000,000 None
Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic
1998 Jul 19, 1998 Fred Funk  United States 268 −18 216,000 1,200,000 Open Championship
1997 Jul 20, 1997 Billy Ray Brown  United States 268 −17 180,000 1,000,000 Open Championship
1996 Jul 21, 1996 Willie Wood  United States 268 −20 180,000 1,000,000 Open Championship
1995 Jul 23, 1995 Ed Dougherty  United States 268 −16 126,000 700,000 Open Championship
1994 Jul 17, 1994 Brian Henninger  United States 268 −9 126,000 700,000 Open Championship
1993 Apr 11, 1993 Greg Kraft  United States 268 −13 54,000 300,000 Masters Tournament
1992 Apr 12, 1992 Richard Zokol  Canada 268 −13 54,000 300,000 Masters Tournament
1991 Apr 14, 1991 Larry Silveira  United States 268 −14 54,000 300,000 Masters Tournament
1990 Apr 8, 1990 Gene Sauers  United States 268 −12 54,000 300,000 Masters Tournament
1989 Apr 9, 1989 Jim Booros  United States 268 −11 36,000 200,000 Masters Tournament
1988 Apr 10, 1988 Frank Conner  United States 268 −13 36,000 200,000 Masters Tournament
1987 Apr 12, 1987 David Ogrin  United States 268 −13 36,000 200,000 Masters Tournament
1986 Apr 13, 1986 Dan Halldorson  Canada 268 −17 36,000 200,000 Masters Tournament
Magnolia State Classic
1985 Apr 15, 1985 Jim Gallagher, Jr.[4]  United States 131 −9 27,500 150,000 Masters Tournament
1984 Apr 15, 1984 Lance Ten Broeck[5]  United States 201 −9 27,000 150,000 Masters Tournament
1983 Apr 11, 1983 Russ Cochran[6]  United States 203 −7 27,000 150,000 Masters Tournament
1982 Apr 11, 1982 Payne Stewart[7]  United States 170 −10 13,500 75,000 Masters Tournament
1981 Apr 12, 1981 Tom Jones[8]  United States 268 −12 13,500 75,000 Masters Tournament
1980 Apr 13, 1980 Roger Maltbie[9]  United States 65 −5 4,500 25,000[10] Masters Tournament
1979 Apr 15, 1979 Bobby Walzel[11]  United States 272 −8 9,000 50,000 Masters Tournament
1978 Apr 9, 1978 Craig Stadler[12]  United States 268 −12 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1977 Apr 10, 1977 Mike McCullough[13]  United States 269 −11 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1976 Apr 11, 1976 Dennis Meyer[14][15]  United States 271 −9 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1975 Apr 13, 1975 Bob Wynn[16]  United States 270 −10 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1974 Apr 14, 1974 Dwight Nevil[17] (2)  United States 133 −7 3,500 17,500[10] Masters Tournament
1973 Apr 8, 1973 Dwight Nevil[18]  United States 268 −12 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1972 Apr 9, 1972 Mike Morley[19]  United States 269 −11 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1971 Apr 11, 1971 Roy Pace[20]  United States 270 −10 7,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1970 Apr 12, 1970 Chris Blocker[21]  United States 271 −9 5,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1969 Apr 14, 1969 Larry Mowry[22]  United States 272 −8 5,000 35,000 Masters Tournament
1968 May 19, 1968 Mac McLendon[23]  United States 269 −11 2,800 20,000 Colonial National Invitation

Multiple winners[edit]

Three men have won this tournament twice:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Viking Classic canceled after constant rains flood course". PGA Tour. October 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sanderson Farms becomes 2013 title sponsor for former True South Classic". PGA Tour. March 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sanderson Farms renews title sponsorship of PGA Tour tournament". PGA Tour. September 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gallagher beats Azinger in Magnolia Classic playoff". St. Petersburg Times (Florida). April 16, 1985. p. 8C. 
  5. ^ "Ten Broeck wins Magnolia". Wilmington Morning Star (North Carolina). AP. April 16, 1984. p. 5B. 
  6. ^ "Cochran wins Magnolia Golf". TimesDaily (Florence, Alabama). UPI. April 12, 1983. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Stewart win Magnolia". TimesDaily (Florence, Alabama). UPI. April 12, 1982. p. 12. 
  8. ^ "Jones Takes Magnolia Event". Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida). AP. April 13, 1981. p. 8-C. 
  9. ^ "Rain Halts Magnolia, Maltbie Gets Victory". The Victoria Advocate (Texas). AP. April 14, 1980. p. 3B. 
  10. ^ a b Only half the original purse was paid due to weather-shortened tournament.
  11. ^ "Walzel Wins Magnolia Golf". The Dispatch (Lexington, North Carolina). AP. April 16, 1979. p. 15. 
  12. ^ "Stadler shoots 63 for victory". Boca Raton News (Florida). April 10, 1978. p. 2B. 
  13. ^ "McCullough wins". The Bryan Times (Ohio). UPI. April 11, 1977. p. 15. 
  14. ^ "Meyer Wins Magnolia". The Spartanburg Herald (South Carolina). AP. April 11, 1976. p. B2. 
  15. ^ "Magnolia!". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). April 12, 1976. p. 18. 
  16. ^ "Wynn Takes Magnolia Title". The Milwaukee Journal (Wisconsin). UPI. April 14, 1975. p. part 2-11. 
  17. ^ "Nevil Wins 'Satellite' Magnolia". Schenectady Gazette (New York). AP. April 15, 1974. p. 30. 
  18. ^ "Nevil wins Magnolia". Wilmington Morning Star (North Carolina). UPI. April 8, 1973. p. 1C. 
  19. ^ "Morley Takes Magnolia Win". The Spartanburg Herald (South Carolina). AP. April 10, 1972. p. B2. 
  20. ^ "Roy Pace Magnolia Champion". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida). AP. April 12, 1971. p. 2-C. 
  21. ^ "Blocker Finally Blossoms". The Owosso Argus-Press (Michigan). AP. April 13, 1970. p. 20. 
  22. ^ "Mowry Captures Magnolia Golf". The Palm Beach Post (Florida). UPI. April 15, 1969. p. 15. 
  23. ^ "M'Lendon Wins Magnolia Golf". The Fresno Bee (California). AP. May 20, 1968. p. 5-B. 

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Coordinates: 32°23′49″N 90°05′53″W / 32.397°N 90.098°W / 32.397; -90.098