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The FedEx St. Jude Classic was a professional golf tournament held in Memphis, Tennessee as a regular event on the PGA Tour. The tournament was held annually from 1958 through 2018, and was played in June at TPC Southwind (since 1989).

FedEx St. Jude Classic
St. Jude Classic logo.png
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
Established1958,[1] 61 years ago
Course(s)TPC Southwind
(1989–present)[2]
Par70
Length7,244 yards (6,624 m)[3]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$6.6 million
Month playedJune
Final year2018
Aggregate258 John Cook (1996)
To par−26 John Cook (1996)
United States Dustin Johnson
TPC Southwind is located in the United States
TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind
Location in the United States
TPC Southwind is located in Tennessee
TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind
Location in Tennessee

In 2019, FedEx took over sponsorship of the WGC Invitational and relocated the tournament to Memphis in late July. The relocated WGC event continues the charitable relationship with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The new name for the relocated event is the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational[4][5]

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HistoryEdit

The tournament debuted 61 years ago in May 1958 as the Memphis Open and was played annually at Colonial Country Club in Memphis through 1971, then at the club's new home in Cordova through 1988. The late Vernon Bell, a Memphis restaurateur, co-founded the tournament and served as the tournament's general chairman for 22 years.[6] He is also the father of the late Chris Bell.[7]

St. JudeEdit

In 1969, entertainer Danny Thomas (1912–1991) agreed to lend his name to the tournament in exchange for his St. Jude Children's Research Hospital becoming the tournament's charity. Accordingly, the tournament changed its name the next year to the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.

In 1977, President Gerald Ford, who had left office in January, made a hole-in-one during the tournament's celebrity pro-am while playing with Thomas and Ben Crenshaw.[8][9] Two days later, Al Geiberger shot a PGA Tour record 59 (−13) in the second round with eleven birdies and an eagle.[10][11] He needed a rally on Sunday to win by three strokes at 273 (–15).[12]

Federal ExpressEdit

In 1986, Memphis-based courier Federal Express became the title sponsor. For the first three years of their sponsorship, FedEx increased the purse one dollar for each package they shipped on the Friday of the tournament.[13][14][15] The purses went from $500,000 to $605,912 in 1986, from $600,000 to $724,043 in 1987, and from $750,000 to $953,842 in 1988.

The Stanford Financial Group took over as the tournament's title sponsor in 2007, and it was renamed Stanford St. Jude Championship. In 2009, the tournament changed its name to St. Jude Classic,[16] following accusations that the Stanford Financial Group was a Ponzi scheme. FedEx returned as title sponsor in 2011.[17]

TPC SouthwindEdit

The event's final edition at Colonial Country Club in Cordova was 31 years ago in 1988. It moved to its present location at TPC Southwind in Memphis in 1989.

The purse in 2018 was $6.6 million, with a winner's share of $1.188 million.

CourseEdit

TPC Southwind in 2013

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 434 401 554 196 485 445 482 178 457 3,632 465 162 406 472 239 395 530 490 453 3,612 7,244
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 35 70

Source:[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
FedEx St. Jude Classic
2018 Dustin Johnson (2)   United States 261 −19 6 strokes   Andrew Putnam 6,600,000 1,188,000
2017 Daniel Berger (2)   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Kim Meen-whee
  Charl Schwartzel
6,400,000 1,152,000
2016 Daniel Berger   United States 267 −13 3 strokes   Brooks Koepka
  Phil Mickelson
  Steve Stricker
6,200,000 1,116,000
2015 Fabián Gómez   Argentina 267 −13 4 strokes   Greg Owen 6,000,000 1,080,000
2014 Ben Crane   United States 270 –10 1 stroke   Troy Merritt 5,800,000 1,044,000
2013 Harris English   United States 268 −12 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson
  Scott Stallings
5,700,000 1,026,000
2012 Dustin Johnson   United States 271 −9 1 stroke   John Merrick 5,600,000 1,008,000
2011 Harrison Frazar   United States 267 −13 Playoff   Robert Karlsson 5,600,000 1,008,000
St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew
2010 Lee Westwood   England 270 −10 Playoff   Robert Garrigus
  Robert Karlsson
5,600,000 1,008,000
St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx
2009 Brian Gay   United States 262 −18 5 strokes   Bryce Molder
  David Toms
5,600,000 1,008,000
Stanford St. Jude Championship
2008 Justin Leonard (2)   United States 276 −4 Playoff   Robert Allenby
  Trevor Immelman
6,000,000 1,080,000
2007 Woody Austin   United States 267 −13 5 strokes   Brian Davis 6,000,000 1,080,000
FedEx St. Jude Classic
2006 Jeff Maggert   United States 271 −9 3 strokes   Tom Pernice, Jr. 5,200,000 936,000
2005 Justin Leonard   United States 266 −14 1 stroke   David Toms 4,900,000 882,000
2004 David Toms (2)   United States 268 −16 6 strokes   Bob Estes 4,700,000 846,000
2003 David Toms   United States 264 −20 3 strokes   Nick Price 4,500,000 810,000
2002 Len Mattiace   United States 266 −18 1 stroke   Tim Petrovic 3,800,000 684,000
2001 Bob Estes   United States 267 −17 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer 3,500,000 630,000
2000 Notah Begay III   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Chris DiMarco
  Bob May
3,000,000 540,000
1999 Ted Tryba   United States 265 −19 2 strokes   Tim Herron
  Tom Lehman
2,500,000 450,000
1998 Nick Price (2)   Zimbabwe 268 −16 Playoff   Jeff Sluman 1,800,000 324,000
1997 Greg Norman   Australia 268 −16 1 stroke   Dudley Hart 1,500,000 270,000
1996 John Cook   United States 258 −26 7 strokes   John Adams 1,350,000 243,000
1995 Jim Gallagher, Jr.   United States 267 −17 1 stroke   Jay Delsing
  Ken Green
1,250,000 225,000
Federal Express St. Jude Classic
1994 Dicky Pride   United States 267 −17 Playoff   Gene Sauers
  Hal Sutton
1,250,000 225,000
1993 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 266 −18 3 strokes   Rick Fehr
  Jeff Maggert
1,100,000 198,000
1992 Jay Haas   United States 263 −21 3 strokes   Dan Forsman
  Robert Gamez
1,100,000 198,000
1991 Fred Couples   United States 269 −15 3 strokes   Rick Fehr 1,000,000 180,000
1990 Tom Kite   United States 269 −15 Playoff   John Cook 1,000,000 180,000
1989 John Mahaffey   United States 272 −12 3 strokes   Bob Gilder
  Hubert Green
  Bernhard Langer
  Bob Tway
1,000,000 180,000
1988 Jodie Mudd   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Peter Jacobsen
  Nick Price
953,842[15] 171,692
1987 Curtis Strange   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Russ Cochran
  Mike Donald
  Tom Kite
  Denis Watson
724,043[14] 130,328
1986 Mike Hulbert   United States 280 −8 1 stroke   Joey Sindelar 605,912[13] 109,064
St. Jude Memphis Classic
1985 Hal Sutton   United States 279 −9 Playoff   David Ogrin 500,000 90,000
Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
1984 Bob Eastwood   United States 280 −8 2 strokes   Ralph Landrum
  Mark O'Meara
  Tim Simpson
500,000 90,000
1983 Larry Mize   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Chip Beck
  Sammy Rachels
  Fuzzy Zoeller
400,000 72,000
1982 Raymond Floyd   United States 271 −17 6 strokes   Mike Holland 400,000 72,000
1981 Jerry Pate   United States 274 −14 2 strokes   Tom Kite
  Bruce Lietzke
300,000 54,000
1980 Lee Trevino (3)   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Tom Purtzer 300,000 54,000
1979 Gil Morgan   United States 278 −10 Playoff   Larry Nelson 300,000 54,000
1978 Andy Bean   United States 277 −11 Playoff   Lee Trevino 250,000 50,000
1977 Al Geiberger   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   Jerry McGee
  Gary Player
200,000 40,000
1976 Gibby Gilbert   United States 273 −15 4 strokes   Forrest Fezler
  John Lister
  Gil Morgan
200,000 40,000
1975 Gene Littler   United States 270 −18 5 strokes   John Mahaffey 175,000 35,000
1974 Gary Player   South Africa 273 −15 2 strokes   Lou Graham
  Hubert Green
175,000 35,000
1973 Dave Hill (4)   United States 283 −5 1 stroke   Allen Miller
  Lee Trevino
175,000 35,000
1972 Lee Trevino (2)   United States 281 −7 4 strokes   John Mahaffey 175,000 35,000
1971 Lee Trevino   United States 268 −12 4 strokes   Lee Elder
  Jerry Heard
  Hale Irwin
  Randy Wolff
175,000 35,000
1970 Dave Hill (3)   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Frank Beard
  Homero Blancas
  Bob Charles
150,000 30,000
Memphis Open Invitational
1969 Dave Hill (2)   United States 265 −15 2 strokes   Lee Elder 150,000 30,000
1968 Bob Lunn   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Monty Kaser 100,000 20,000
1967 Dave Hill   United States 272 −8 2 strokes   Johnny Pott 100,000 20,000
1966 Bert Yancey   United States 265 −15 5 strokes   Gene Littler 100,000 20,000
1965 Jack Nicklaus   United States 271 −9 Playoff   Johnny Pott 60,000 9,000
1964 Mike Souchak   United States 270 −10 1 stroke   Billy Casper
  Tommy Jacobs
50,000 7,500
1963 Tony Lema   United States 270 −10 Playoff   Tommy Aaron 50,000 9,000
1962 Lionel Hebert   United States 267 −13 Playoff   Gene Littler
  Gary Player
40,000 6,400
1961 Cary Middlecoff   United States 266 −14 5 strokes   Gardner Dickinson
  Mike Souchak
30,000 4,300
1960 Tommy Bolt   United States 273 −7 Playoff   Ben Hogan
  Gene Littler
30,000 4,300
Memphis Open
1959 Don Whitt   United States 272 −8 Playoff   Al Balding
  Gary Player
25,000 3,500
1958 Billy Maxwell   United States 267 −13 1 stroke   Cary Middlecoff 20,000 2,800

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[18][19]

Multiple winnersEdit

Seven men have won the St. Jude Classic more than once through 2018.

Tournament highlightsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ A brief history
  2. ^ "Inside the course:TPC Southwind". PGA Tour. June 4, 2012. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Course: TPC Southwind". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "FedEx announced as sponsor of World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational". stjudeclassic.com. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "PGA Tour to move WGC Bridgestone event from Akron to Memphis". Golf.Com. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Vernon Bell profile". Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Mehr, Bob (December 28, 2008). "Chris Bell's passion for music still rings true". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis, Tennessee.
  8. ^ "Sports briefing: Ford finds ace in the hole". Chicago Tribune. June 9, 1977. p. 1, section 10.
  9. ^ "Sure shot". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (AP wirephoto). June 9, 1977. p. 4.
  10. ^ "'Incredible' 59 for Geiberger". Chicago Tribune. wire services. June 11, 1977. p. 1, section 2.
  11. ^ "Geiberger fires PGA mark 59, 11 birds, eagle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 11, 1977. p. 11.
  12. ^ "Geiberger needs rally to win". Chicago Tribune. wire services. June 13, 1977. p. 5, section 6.
  13. ^ a b "Length bothers Zoeller". Rome News-Tribune. Rome, Georgia. Associated Press. August 28, 1986. p. 5-B. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Strange, Dillard share St. Jude lead". The Modesto Bee. Modesto, California. August 2, 1987. p. F-3. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  15. ^ a b "Mudd Leading by Stroke in Bid for First Tour Victory". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. August 7, 1988. p. 8. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
  16. ^ "Memphis' 2009 Tour stop renamed St. Jude Classic". PGA Tour. March 19, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  17. ^ Ross, Helen (December 2, 2010). "2011 schedule includes key change during the Playoffs". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  18. ^ FedEx St. Jude Classic – Winners Archived 2010-05-29 at the Wayback Machine – at www.stjudeclassic.com
  19. ^ FedEx St. Jude Classic – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  20. ^ Memphis Tourney Won by Maxwell win
  21. ^ Middlecoff Finds Form
  22. ^ Nicklaus Wins 'Jackpot' in Memphis
  23. ^ Yancey Captures Memphis Open Golf
  24. ^ Dave Hill Wins Memphis Open
  25. ^ Dave Hill Memphis Winner
  26. ^ Lee Trevino coasts to Memphis victory
  27. ^ Dave Hill wins Memphis Classic
  28. ^ Happy ending for Geiberger
  29. ^ Trevino outlasts storms for triumph in Memphis
  30. ^ Pate takes million-dollar dive
  31. ^ Hulbert scores one-shot Memphis win
  32. ^ [1]
  33. ^ Haas finally ends tourney drought
  34. ^ Cook breezes at St. Jude
  35. ^ Norman nabs first tour win of season
  36. ^ Begay Is Steady At the End
  37. ^ Toms pulls away from crowded leaderboard at St. Jude
  38. ^ Leonard hangs on to win St. Jude Classic
  39. ^ Lee Westwood wins St Jude Classic in Memphis

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