Sanderson Farms Championship plans move

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson says his company is behind a move to Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) for the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship (shown here presenting last year's trophy to Woody Austin).

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The PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship, which moved its date to October when its title sponsor renewed last fall, is planning to change locations, as well.

The 2014 tournament, part of the wraparound portion of the 2014-15 season, will be played at Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) if the move is approved by the Tour's policy board.

Sanderson Farms served as title sponsor for the first time in 2013, when at Annandale GC in Madison, Miss., Tour veteran Woody Austin won a three-way playoff for his first win since 2007.

In September, the Tour and Sanderson Farms announced a three-year sponsorship extension that included the date change from July to October, when the event will offer a $4 million prize purse and take place opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

On Thursday morning, Sanderson Farms released a statement indicating support for event operator Century Club Charities' plans for the 13-mile move to Jackson and citing additional permanent facilities there that require fewer hospitality tents, which could help the event's charitable efforts.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger quoted an Annandale GC newsletter in which club president Steve Richardson wrote that a new contract is expected to provide his facility with a portion of the event's course expenses, while also saying: “Annandale and the city of Madison have been a very loyal partner to the PGA Tournament and we are obviously are very disturbed by the timing and the complete absence of communication associated with the possibility of a site change for the event.”

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