Mississippi’s only PGA Tour event is staying in the state and keeping its title sponsor, but is moving to a new date — which means it will not be played next year.
Sanderson Farms has agreed to a three-year renewal of its title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship.
In addition to the extension, tournament officials and PGA TOUR announced that the Sanderson Farms Championship, held at Annandale Golf Club in Madison is moving from July to late October.
The date change will allow the tournament to compete at the front end of the 2014-2015 official schedule, the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in
China. By doing so, it will not be contested during the 2013-2014 season.
The tournament has been held the same week as The Open Championship the last three years.
Officials also said the purse is increasing by $1 million to $4 million for the 2014 event.
Joe Sanderson, Sanderson Farms’ CEO and chairman of the board, said, “When we agreed to sponsor the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, we felt it aligned with our company’s goals and mission to support our local communities and charities. We had a very positive experience this year and saw the potential to magnify the impact the tournament has.”
Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR chief of operations, said, “By moving to the front of the schedule, we anticipate a number of players will use this as an opportunity to get out of the gates fast and strengthen their early standing in the FedEx Cup. The overall tournament experience also should be enhanced by less volatile weather and more moderate temperatures.”