Sergio 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.