St. Jude Classic

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FedEx St. Jude Classic
Tournament information
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Established 1958,[1] 58 years ago
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 $6.2 million
Month played June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 258 John Cook (1996)
To par −26 John Cook (1996)
Current champion
United States Daniel Berger
TPC Southwind is located in the US
TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind
Location in the United States
TPC Southwind is located in Tennessee
TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind
Location in Tennessee

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 58 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.[4] He is also the father of the late Chris Bell.[5]

St. Jude[edit]

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.[6][7] Two days later, Al Geiberger shot a PGA Tour record 59 (−13) in the second round with eleven birdies and an eagle.[8][9] He needed a rally on Sunday to win by three strokes at 273 (–15).[10]

Federal Express[edit]

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.[11][12][13] 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,[14] following accusations that the Stanford Financial Group was a Ponzi scheme. FedEx returned as title sponsor in 2011.[15]

TPC Southwind[edit]

The event's final edition at Colonial Country Club in Cordova was 28 years ago in 1988. It moved to its present location at TPC Southwind in Memphis in 1989.

The purse in 2015 was $6.0 million, with a winner's share of $1.08 million.

Course[edit]

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]

Winners[edit]

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

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[16][17]

Multiple winners[edit]

Five men have won the St. Jude Classic more than once through 2016.

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