JACKSON, Miss. (August 20, 2019) – Sanderson Farms Championship officials announced today that two-time major winner and five-time Ryder Cup team member Zach Johnson has committed to play in the 52nd Sanderson Farms Championship, September 16-22. This will be Johnson’s first return to the tournament since his only visit in 2005.
Johnson headlines an initial list that includes 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover. They join 2018 champion Cameron Champ and past champions Ryan Armour, Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, and Scott Stallings among the early commits.
Also expected to compete are Chez Reavie (World #29 and FedExCup #25), Chesson Hadley (2017 runner-up), Charlie Hoffman, Aaron Baddeley, Carlos Ortiz (2018 third place), and recent winners Andrew Landry, Jim Herman, Brice Garnett, Nate Lashley, and Aaron Wise.
“We’re really excited about this year’s initial commitments,” said executive director Steve Jent. “Amazingly, there’s still a lot of golf to be played in these last couple weeks of the season, but we expect several more highly ranked players to commit before the Friday, September 13 deadline.”
The purse for this year’s play is $6.6 million, with $1,188,000 going to the winner. For the first time in the tournament’s history, this year’s champion will also punch their ticket to The Masters.
“I know our fans have been waiting to hear about the players in our field since we announced our new position as a stand-alone event back in January,” said Jent. The Sanderson Farms Championship is set for September 16-22, 2019 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.
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, a non-profit organization created to support Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its ninth 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.