FOR RELEASE: July 10, 2018
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Dates for World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational announced as part of 2018 – 2019 PGA TOUR Schedule
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The PGA TOUR announced its 2018-19 schedule on Tuesday, with the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational set to be contested from July 25-28, 2019, at TPC Southwind. It will mark the first time a World Golf Championships event has been hosted in Memphis.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome a World Golf Championships event to Memphis for the first time and announce our 2019 date,” said WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Executive Director Darrell Smith. “Memphis has been supporting PGA TOUR golf since 1958, and this elevated WGC platform will be monumental for our city. The four days of competition will feature the best players in the world.”
In the 2018-19 schedule, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational will follow the season’s final major championship – The Open Championship – on the schedule and will be followed by the regular season’s final event, the Wyndham Championship, before transitioning into the FedExCup Playoffs, which have been shortened to three events.
The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced in April that Memphis’ hometown event will take on a new identity as the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, beginning with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. FedEx has assumed title sponsorship of the event currently known as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, which has been staged in Akron, Ohio, since 1999.
The PGA TOUR has held a tournament in Memphis every year since 1958 with Colonial Country Club playing host until the event moved permanently to TPC Southwind in 1989. FedEx first became the title sponsor in 1986 and has supported the tournament ever since. FedEx has been involved with the FedEx St. Jude Classic for more than 30 years and has helped raise more than $38 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The World Golf Championships consistently attract the most elite and global fields of the year, with 40-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up in the series of four annual events.
The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be one of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The other World Golf Championships are the Mexico Championship (Mexico City, Mexico), the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, Texas) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). The World Golf Championships collectively have generated more than $60 million for global charities since 1999.
Tickets information to the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will become available shortly. For more information on the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, please visit www.WorldGolfChampionships.com.
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About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.