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PGA - Sanderson Farms Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 21st
SITE: Annandale Golf Club, Madison, Mississippi
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1981), redesign (1998)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,202
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 385 yds10 - Par 4 410 yds
2 - Par 3 213 yds11 - Par 5 579 yds
3 - Par 4 406 yds12 - Par 3 171 yds
4 - Par 4 465 yds13 - Par 4 414 yds
5 - Par 5 522 yds14 - Par 4 473 yds
6 - Par 4 424 yds15 - Par 3 176 yds
7 - Par 5 556 yds16 - Par 4 408 yds
8 - Par 3 209 yds17 - Par 4 409 yds
9 - Par 4 450 yds18 - Par 5 532 yds
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36 3,630 yds36 3,572 yds
 
Annual:  45th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et),
  - Friday/Monday -- 12-3 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Scott Stallings
Runner-Up:  Jason Bohn
Tournament Record:  263 (Dan Halldorson, 1986 - Par 70)
  264 (Scott Stallings, 2012 - Par 72)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Steve Lowery, 2000; Scott Stallings, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Hunter Haas, Peter Lonard, 2011)
Course Record:  61 (Keith Clearwater, 1996)
Total Purse:  $3,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $540,000; 2nd Place - $324,000; 3rd Place - $204,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Scott Stallings264Will Claxton270
Jason Bohn266William McGirt270
Billy Horschel268J.J. Killeen271
Bud Cauley269Josh Teater272
Scott Brown270Three players at273
 
Past Sanderson Farms Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Scott Stallings (264) -- Jason Bohn
2011Chris Kirk (266) -- George McNeill, Tom Pernice, Jr.
2010Bill Haas (273) -- Michael Allen
2009Tournament canceled due to unplayable course conditions from rain
2008*Will MacKenzie (269) -- Brian Gay, Marc Turnesa
2007Chad Campbell (275) -- Johnson Wagner
2006*D.J. Trahan (275) -- Joe Durant
2005Heath Slocum (267) -- Carl Pettersson, Loren Roberts
2004Fred Funk (266) -- Ryan Palmer
2003John Huston (268) -- Brenden Pappas
2002#Luke Donald (201) -- Deane Pappas
2001Cameron Beckman (269) -- Chad Campbell
2000*Steve Lowery (266) -- Skip Kendall
1999&Brian Henninger (202) -- Chris DiMarco
1998Fred Funk (270) -- Paul Goydos, Franklin Langham, Tim Loustalot
1997Billy Ray Brown (271) -- Mike Standly
1996Willie Wood (268) -- Kirk Triplett
1995Ed Dougherty (272) -- Gil Morgan
1994*#Brian Henninger (135) -- Mike Sullivan
1993Greg Kraft (267) -- Morris Hatalsky, Tad Rhyan
1992Richard Zokol (267) -- Mike Donald, Bob Eastwood, Mike Nicolette,
Greg Twiggs
1991*Larry Silveira (266) -- Russ Cochran, Mike Nicolette
1990Gene Sauers (268) -- Jack Ferenz
1989*#Jim Booros (199) -- Mike Donald
1988Frank Conner (267) -- Brian Mogg
1987David Ogrin (267) -- Nick Faldo
1986Dan Halldorson (263) -- Paul Azinger
1985*#Jim Gallagher Jr (131) -- Paul Azinger
1984*#Lance Ten Broeck (201) -- Mike Smith
1983#Russ Cochran (203) -- Sammy Rachels
1982Payne Stewart (270) -- Jay Cudd, Bruce Douglass
1981*Tom Jones (268) -- Mike Smith
1980*#Roger Maltbie (65) -- Lee Carter
1979*Bobby Walzel (272) -- Buddy Gardner
1978Craig Stadler (268) -- Bob Eastwood, Bruce Fleisher
1977Mike McCullough (269) -- Orville Moody, Gary Groh
1976Dennis Meyer (271) -- Artie McNickle, Tom Purtzer
1975Bob Wynn (270) -- Mike Morley
1974#Dwight Nevil (133) -- Bunky Henry, Gil Morgan
1973Dwight Nevil (268) -- Bert Greene
1972Mike Morley (269) -- Rick Rhoads
1971Roy Pace (270) -- Jack Lewis, Jr.
1970Chris Blocker (271) -- Roy Pace, Martin Roesink
1969Larry Mowry (272) -- Larry Hinson, Alvin Odom
1968*B.R. McLendon (269) -- Pete Fleming

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Magnolia State Classic (1968-85), Deposit Guaranty
Golf Classic (1986-98), Southern Farm Bureau Classic (1999-2006), Viking Classic (2007-11) True South Classic (2012). Became an official event in 1994.

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008201020112012
Jason Bohn------T-34---T-50------T-23mc2nd
Chris Kirk---------------mc------WonT-10
Heath SlocumT-25T-5918thWonmcT-13T-56T-45T-61T-13
Jerry Kelly---------mcT-61---mcT-11---T-13
Brendon de Jonge---------------T-29---T-3T-13T-31
Cameron BeckmanT-11---T-43T-17T-25T-29T-40T-52T-38T-42
Chris Stroud---------------mcT-56T-5T-59T-57
D.J. Trahan---------T-12WonT-49---T-3T-9mc
Charles Howell III------------------T-45T-23------
Chad Campbell4th------------Won---T-71------
Greg Chalmers---T-51T-10---mc---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jerry Kelly
Darkhorse - Martin Flores
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Luke Guthrie) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to Mississippi this week for the Sanderson Farms
Championship, which was previously known as the True South Classic and Viking Classic. The top players in the world are in Scotland this week for the British Open, so only three players ranked in the top-100 of the world are scheduled to compete -- Charles Howell III (75), Brendon de Jonge (85) and 2011 champion Chris Kirk (95). Although lacking some major star power, there are some former major championship winners in the field: Mark Brooks, Lee Janzen, Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, David Toms and Mike Weir.

The tournament was previously held at Hattiesburg Country Club for the first 26 years. Annandale Golf Club has hosted since 1994. This event became an official PGA Tour tournament in 1994. It was an unofficial event from 1968-82 and 1986-93, as money earned counted on the money list, but a victory wasn't an official PGA Tour win. From 1983-85, the event was part of the Tournament Players Series, the forerunner of the Web.com Tour.

Last year, Scott Stallings fired rounds of 68-64-64-68 to hold off Jason Bohn. Stallings finished at 24-under-par 264 -- a tournament record -- thanks to a pair of birdies late in his final round. He earned his second career PGA Tour victory, having titled at the Greenbrier Classic in 2011.

Chris Kirk posted rounds of 67-67-64-68 in 2011 to outduel Tom Pernice, Jr. and George McNeill for his first PGA Tour victory. It was his third win as a professional after winning twice on the Web.com Tour in 2010. Kirk finished 72 holes at 22-under 266 at Annandale Golf Club.

In 2010, Bill Haas held at least a share of the lead after every round as he won his second event of the year. Haas shot rounds of 66-66-69-72 and finished at 15-under-par 273 for a 3-stroke win over Michael Allen. He also won the Bob Hope Classic earlier in the year. Haas would go on to win the 2011 FedExCup.

The 2009 tournament was canceled due to rain which made the course unplayable. Before that instance, the last time a tournament was rained out was the 1991 Independent Insurance Agent Open, which was originally scheduled for April and rescheduled to October. This event has been shortened due to weather nine times since its inception in 1968 and three times since moving to Annandale Golf Club in Madison in 1994. In 2005, the tournament was postponed and moved from October to November due to Hurricane Katrina. This is the third straight year that the event will be staged in July.

Heath Slocum fired a 6-under 66 in the final round and edged a low-scoring field to win in 2005. Slocum finished at 21-under-par 267 for a 2-stroke victory. Slocum embraced his father after rolling in his final par putt at 18. The elder Slocum, who caddied for his son, is a former Mississippi club pro who participated in this event nine times when it was held at Hattiesburg (MS) Country Club.

There have been five players over the age of 40 to win here: Frank Conner (1988), Ed Dougherty (1995), Fred Funk (1998, 2004), Steve Lowery (2000) and John Huston (2003). There have been seven first-time winners in the last 18 seasons. Dwight Nevil is the only player to win this event two straight years when he won in 1973-74.

The PGA Tour heads to Canada next week for the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario at Glen Abbey Golf Club, where Scott Piercy will defend his title.

07/17 20:11:10 ET

As of July 17, 2013, at 08:11 PM ET

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