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Canadian Mackenzie Hughes wins 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship in second playoff battle

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – After four rounds of the Sanderson Farms Championship, the seesaw affair for first place ends with Mackenzie Hughes defeating Sepp Straka, winning the beloved chicken trophy at Jackson’s Country Club on Sunday night.

Hughes and Straka were 17-under after 72 holes, with Hughes shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round.

Hughes birdied the second playoff hole to seal his second PGA Tour victory, his first PGA win in six years, when he won the 2016 RSM Classic in the playoffs.

With the victory, Hughes took home a prize of $1.422 million on a purse of $7.9 million and 500 FedExCup points.

Not only does Hughes take home a big prize for his triumph, he will also be entirely exempt from touring until 2025.

Hughes also earned a spot in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the PGA Championship and the biggest PGA tournament of all, the Masters.

In addition to his clutch performance in Sunday’s win, Hughes was impressed with his experience at the Jackson golf course.

“I can’t say enough about the great job the Sanderson Farms Championship staff did this week, the golf course is amazing, the hospitality is amazing and the volunteers are so friendly,” said Hughes. “Of all the tournaments I’ve been to, this is simply the best.”

“We are very happy to have Mackenzie as the 2022 champion,” said executive director Steve Jent. “I have known him for several years. He is truly a class player and will be a great ambassador for the tournament. We couldn’t have asked for a better tournament experience this week to begin our new era with the Wayne-Sanderson Farms organization. We have the PGA Tour’s top title sponsor at Wayne-Sanderson Farms.

The primary benefactor of the Sanderson Farms Championship is Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only children’s hospital. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to more than 60 other Mississippi charities.

The total amount raised by the 2022 tournament will be revealed later this year.

After such an incredible experience, J. Clinton Rivers, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, is already looking forward to next year’s tournament.

“For many of us [at Wayne-Sanderson Farms] this is our first experience with this event, and I couldn’t think of a better experience. The Children’s Hospital is a charity we can get involved with and are proud to be associated with. I have been asked several times this week about the future of the championship, continued Rivers. “And I just have one thing to say… see you next year!”

The 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held October 2-8, 2023.

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