FedEx St. Jude Classic

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FedEx St. Jude Classic
Tournament information
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Established 1958[1]
Course(s) TPC Southwind
(1989–present)[2]
Par 70
Length 7,244 yards (6,624 m)[3]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5.8 million
Month played June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 John Cook (1996)
To par −26 John Cook (1996)
Current champion
United States Ben Crane
TPC Southwind is located in United States
TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind
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Location in the United States

The FedEx St. Jude Classic is a professional golf tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, a regular event on the PGA Tour. It has been held annually since 1958, and is currently played in June at TPC Southwind, its home since 1989.

History[edit]

The tournament debuted 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 tourney’s general chairman for 22 years. He is also the father of the late Chris Bell (musician) of the 1970s rock band Big Star. [1]

In 1969, actor Danny Thomas (1912-91) 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 left office in January, hit a hole-in-one at the tournament's celebrity pro-am. The same year, Al Geiberger shot a PGA Tour record 59 (−13) in the second round with eleven birdies and an eagle.[4]

In 1986, 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.[5][6][7] 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.

In 1989, the event moved from Colonial Country Club in Cordova to its present location at TPC Southwind in Memphis. In 2007, The Stanford Financial Group took over as the tournament's title sponsor, and it was renamed Stanford St. Jude Championship. In 2009, the tournament changed its name to St. Jude Classic[8] following accusations that the Stanford Financial Group was a Ponzi scheme. FedEx returned as title sponsor in 2011.[9]

In 2013, the total purse was $5,700,000, with a winner's share of $1,026,000.

Course[edit]

TPC Southwind in 2013[3]

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

Winners[edit]

A blue and white
seersucker jacket.

The winner of the tournament each year is awarded a blue and white seersucker jacket.

Year Player Country Score To par Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
FedEx St. Jude Classic
2014 Ben Crane  United States 270 –10 5,800,000 1,044,000
2013 Harris English  United States 268 −12 5,700,000 1,026,000
2012 Dustin Johnson  United States 271 −9 5,600,000 1,008,000
2011 Harrison Frazar  United States 267PO −13 5,600,000 1,008,000
St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew
2010 Lee Westwood  England 270PO −10 5,600,000 1,008,000
St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx
2009 Brian Gay  United States 262 −18 5,600,000 1,008,000
Stanford St. Jude Championship
2008 Justin Leonard (2)  United States 276PO −4 6,000,000 1,080,000
2007 Woody Austin  United States 267 −13 6,000,000 1,080,000
FedEx St. Jude Classic
2006 Jeff Maggert  United States 271 −9 5,200,000 936,000
2005 Justin Leonard  United States 266 −14 4,900,000 882,000
2004 David Toms (2)  United States 268 −16 4,700,000 846,000
2003 David Toms  United States 264 −20 4,500,000 810,000
2002 Len Mattiace  United States 266 −18 3,800,000 684,000
2001 Bob Estes  United States 267 −17 3,500,000 630,000
2000 Notah Begay III  United States 271 −13 3,000,000 540,000
1999 Ted Tryba  United States 265 −19 2,500,000 450,000
1998 Nick Price (2)  Zimbabwe 268PO −16 1,800,000 324,000
1997 Greg Norman  Australia 268 −16 1,500,000 270,000
1996 John Cook  United States 258 −26 1,350,000 243,000
1995 Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States 267 −17 1,250,000 225,000
Federal Express St. Jude Classic
1994 Dicky Pride  United States 267PO −17 1,250,000 225,000
1993 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 266 −18 1,100,000 198,000
1992 Jay Haas  United States 263 −21 1,100,000 198,000
1991 Fred Couples  United States 269 −15 1,000,000 180,000
1990 Tom Kite  United States 269PO −15 1,000,000 180,000
1989 John Mahaffey  United States 272 −12 1,000,000 180,000
1988 Jodie Mudd  United States 273 −15 953,842[7] 171,692
1987 Curtis Strange  United States 275 −13 724,043[6] 130,328
1986 Mike Hulbert  United States 280 −8 605,912[5] 109,064
St. Jude Memphis Classic
1985 Hal Sutton  United States 279PO −9 500,000 90,000
Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
1984 Bob Eastwood  United States 280 −8 500,000 90,000
1983 Larry Mize  United States 274 −14 400,000 72,000
1982 Raymond Floyd  United States 271 −17 400,000 72,000
1981 Jerry Pate  United States 274 −14 300,000 54,000
1980 Lee Trevino (3)  United States 272 −16 300,000 54,000
1979 Gil Morgan  United States 278PO −10 300,000 54,000
1978 Andy Bean  United States 277PO −11 250,000 50,000
1977 Al Geiberger  United States 273 −15 200,000 40,000
1976 Gibby Gilbert  United States 273 −15 200,000 40,000
1975 Gene Littler  United States 270 −18 175,000 35,000
1974 Gary Player  South Africa 273 −15 175,000 35,000
1973 Dave Hill (4)  United States 283 −5 175,000 35,000
1972 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 281 −7 175,000 35,000
1971 Lee Trevino  United States 268 −12 175,000 35,000
1970 Dave Hill (3)  United States 267 −13 150,000 30,000
Memphis Open Invitational
1969 Dave Hill (2)  United States 265 −15 150,000 30,000
1968 Bob Lunn  United States 268 −12 100,000 20,000
1967 Dave Hill  United States 272 −8 100,000 20,000
1966 Bert Yancey  United States 265 −15 100,000 20,000
1965 Jack Nicklaus  United States 271PO −9 60,000 9,000
1964 Mike Souchak  United States 270 −10 50,000 7,500
1963 Tony Lema  United States 270PO −10 50,000 9,000
1962 Lionel Hebert  United States 267PO −13 40,000 6,400
1961 Cary Middlecoff  United States 266 −14 30,000 4,300
1960 Tommy Bolt  United States 273PO −7 30,000 4,300
Memphis Open
1959 Don Whitt  United States 272PO −8 25,000 3,500
1958 Billy Maxwell  United States 267 −13 20,000 2,800

PO Indicates a win in a playoff
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[10][11]

Multiple winners[edit]

Five men have won the St. Jude Classic more than once through 2013.

Tournament highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A brief history
  2. ^ "Inside the course:TPC Southwind". PGA Tour. June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Course: TPC Southwind". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Geiberger fires PGA mark 59, 11 birds, eagle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 11, 1977. p. 11. 
  5. ^ a b "Length bothers Zoeller". Rome News-Tribune (Rome, Georgia). Associated Press. August 28, 1986. p. 5-B. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Strange, Dillard share St. Jude lead". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). August 2, 1987. p. F-3. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Memphis' 2009 Tour stop renamed St. Jude Classic". PGA Tour. March 19, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ross, Helen (December 2, 2010). "2011 schedule includes key change during the Playoffs". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ FedEx St. Jude Classic – Winners – at www.stjudeclassic.com
  11. ^ FedEx St. Jude Classic – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  12. ^ Memphis Tourney Won by Maxwell win
  13. ^ Middlecoff Finds Form
  14. ^ Nicklaus Wins 'Jackpot' in Memphis
  15. ^ Yancey Captures Memphis Open Golf
  16. ^ Dave Hill Wins Memphis Open
  17. ^ Dave Hill Memphis Winner
  18. ^ Lee Trevino coasts to Memphis victory
  19. ^ Dave Hill wins Memphis Classic
  20. ^ Happy ending for Geiberger
  21. ^ Trevino outlasts storms for triumph in Memphis
  22. ^ Pate takes million-dollar dive
  23. ^ Hulbert scores one-shot Memphis win
  24. ^ Haas finally ends tourney drought
  25. ^ Cook breezes at St. Jude
  26. ^ Norman nabs first tour win of season
  27. ^ Begay Is Steady At the End
  28. ^ Toms pulls away from crowded leaderboard at St. Jude
  29. ^ Leonard hangs on to win St. Jude Classic
  30. ^ Lee Westwood wins St Jude Classic in Memphis

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°03′22″N 89°46′41″W / 35.056°N 89.778°W / 35.056; -89.778