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The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is a professional golf tournament hosted at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee from 2019 onwards, and is one of the four annual World Golf Championships.

WGC Invitational
WGC St Jude Invitational logo.png
LocationMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Established1999
Course(s)TPC Southwind
(2019–present)
Par70
Length7,244 yards (6,624 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
(19992015, 2017–)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$10,000,000
8,210,000 (est.)
Month playedJuly
Aggregate259 Tiger Woods (2000)
To par−21 Tiger Woods (2000)
United States Brooks Koepka
2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Memphis is located in the United States
Memphis
Memphis
Location in the United States
TPC Southwind  is located in Tennessee
TPC Southwind 
TPC Southwind 
Location in Tennessee

It was previously known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (2006–2018), and the WGC-NEC Invitational (1999–2005) when it was hosted at Firestone Country Club in Ohio (except for 2002 when it was hosted at Sahalee Country Club in Washington). It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Tiger Woods has the record number of wins with eight.[1][2] The winner receives a wedgwood trophy called The Gary Player Cup.[3]

The event was established in 1999 as a successor to the World Series of Golf.

SponsorshipEdit

From 1999 through 2005, the WGC Invitational was sponsored by NEC. NEC had also sponsored the World Series of Golf from 1984 to 1998. The tournament changed sponsorship in 2006, with Bridgestone taking over as title sponsor. As a part of the sponsorship agreement, the event continued to be held at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. In August 2013, the Bridgestone sponsorship was extended through 2018.[4]

The 2018 event was the last held in Akron. In 2019, FedEx became the title sponsor and relocated the tournament to Memphis, Tennessee. The 2019 event is scheduled to be held at TPC Southwind.[5][6]

VenuesEdit

Prior to 2019 the event was hosted at the South Course of Firestone Country Club, with one exception. The 2002 event was played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. Beginning in 2019, the WGC Invitational will be held at TPC Southwind.

Qualifying criteriaEdit

The current event has a field of about 75 players, roughly half the number for a standard professional golf event. Invitations are issued to the following:

From 1999 to 2001, only the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams were eligible and the field was about 40 players. Prior to 2011, both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams were eligible.

World Series of GolfEdit

From 1976 through 1998, the PGA Tour event at Firestone Country Club was the "World Series of Golf," and was sponsored by NEC beginning in 1984. It was founded as a four-man invitational event in 1962, comprising the winners of the four major championships in a 36-hole event.[7] the competitors played in one group for $75,000 in unofficial prize money, televised by NBC.

In 1976, it became a 72-hole, $300,000 PGA Tour event and its field was initially expanded to twenty;[8] the victory and $100,000 winner's share went to Nicklaus.[9] The largest first prize at a major in 1976 was $45,000 at the PGA Championship.

The World Series of Golf quickly became a leading event on the tour. For many years a victory in it gave a 10-year exemption on the PGA Tour, the same as was granted for a victory in a major championship at that time, and twice as long as is given even for winning a major now. The field consisted of the winners of all the high status men's professional golf tournaments around the world in the previous twelve months. This was quite different from the criteria for the WGC Invitational listed above, but produced much the same sort of global field.

WinnersEdit

World Golf Championship 1999–2015; 2017 onwards
World Golf Championship without European Tour recognition 2016
# Year Date
(Rd4)
Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
21st 2019 Jul 28 Brooks Koepka   United States Southwind, Tennessee 264 −16 3 strokes   Webb Simpson 10,250,000 1,745,000
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
20th 2018 Aug 5 Justin Thomas   United States Firestone, Ohio 265 −15 4 strokes   Kyle Stanley 10,000,000 1,700,000
19th 2017 Aug 6 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan Firestone, Ohio 264 −16 5 strokes   Zach Johnson 9,750,000 1,660,000
18th 2016 Jul 3 Dustin Johnson   United States Firestone, Ohio 274 −6 1 stroke   Scott Piercy 9,500,000 1,620,000
17th 2015 Aug 9 Shane Lowry   Ireland Firestone, Ohio 269 −11 2 strokes   Bubba Watson 9,250,000 1,570,000
16th 2014 Aug 3 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland Firestone, Ohio 265 −15 2 strokes   Sergio García 9,000,000 1,500,000
15th 2013 Aug 4 Tiger Woods (8)   United States Firestone, Ohio 265 −15 7 strokes   Keegan Bradley
  Henrik Stenson
8,750,000 1,500,000
14th 2012 Aug 5 Keegan Bradley   United States Firestone, Ohio 267 −13 1 stroke   Jim Furyk
  Steve Stricker
8,500,000 1,400,000
13th 2011 Aug 7 Adam Scott   Australia Firestone, Ohio 263 −17 4 strokes   Luke Donald
  Rickie Fowler
8,500,000 1,400,000
12th 2010 Aug 8 Hunter Mahan   United States Firestone, Ohio 268 −12 2 strokes   Ryan Palmer 8,500,000 1,400,000
11th 2009 Aug 9 Tiger Woods (7)   United States Firestone, Ohio 268 −12 4 strokes   Robert Allenby
  Pádraig Harrington
8,500,000 1,400,000
10th 2008 Aug 3 Vijay Singh   Fiji Firestone, Ohio 270 −10 1 stroke   Stuart Appleby
  Lee Westwood
8,000,000 1,350,000
9th 2007 Aug 5 Tiger Woods (6)   United States Firestone, Ohio 272 −8 8 strokes   Justin Rose
  Rory Sabbatini
8,000,000 1,350,000
8th 2006 Aug 27 Tiger Woods (5)   United States Firestone, Ohio 270 −10 Playoff   Stewart Cink 7,500,000 1,300,000
WGC-NEC Invitational
7th 2005 Aug 21 Tiger Woods (4)   United States Firestone, Ohio 274 −6 1 stroke   Chris DiMarco 7,500,000 1,300,000
6th 2004 Aug 22 Stewart Cink   United States Firestone, Ohio 269 −11 4 strokes   Rory Sabbatini
  Tiger Woods
7,000,000 1,200,000
5th 2003 Aug 24 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland Firestone, Ohio 268 −12 4 strokes   Jonathan Kaye 6,000,000 1,050,000
4th  2002 Aug 25 Craig Parry   Australia Sahalee, Washington 268 −16 4 strokes   Robert Allenby
  Fred Funk
5,500,000 1,000,000
3rd 2001 Aug 26 Tiger Woods (3)   United States Firestone, Ohio 268 −12 Playoff   Jim Furyk 5,000,000 1,000,000
2nd 2000 Aug 27 Tiger Woods (2)   United States Firestone, Ohio 259 −21 11 strokes   Justin Leonard
  Phillip Price
5,000,000 1,000,000
1st 1999 Aug 29 Tiger Woods   United States Firestone, Ohio 270 −10 1 stroke   Phil Mickelson 5,000,000 1,000,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tournament History". European Tour. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour Media Guide". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Heath, Elliott (August 7, 2017). "The Best Trophies In Golf". Golf Monthly. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Ridenour, Marla (August 4, 2013). "PGA Tour, Bridgestone extend contract to keep tournament at Firestone C.C. through 2018". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Wright, Branson (April 12, 2018). "WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will leave Firestone in 2019". cleveland.com.
  6. ^ "2019 Dates Announced". PGA Tour. July 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "World Series of Golf back for final time". The Augusta Chronicle. AP. August 27, 1998. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Now golf has a real World Series". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 29, 1976. p. 7B.
  9. ^ "Nicklaus silences his doubters". Palm Beach Post. wire services. September 6, 1976. p. D1.

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