What you need to know about FedEx-St. Jude Championship this week in Memphis
The tournament is different from past years, when it hosted a World Golf Championships Event from 2019-2021.
Here’s what you need to know about this week’s PGA Tour golf tournament in Memphis:
Who is on the field this year?
The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup leaderboard participate in this year’s tournament, as it is the first tournament in the FedEx Cup qualifiers.
This includes Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa and more.
What is different this year?
The PGA Tour event of Memphis has evolved over the years. Until 2018, it was a regular June stop on the tour schedule. It became a 2019-21 World Golf Championships event, with limited and uncut courts.
Now the FedEx-St. Jude Championship is the first tournament of the FedEx Cup qualifiers. The field includes the top 125 on the FedEx Cup Points roster after Sunday’s Wyndham Championship, the final event of the regular season. The top 70 FedEx Cup points will qualify for next week’s BMW Championship in Delaware.
This year’s tournament purse is also bigger. It’s $15 million, down from $10.5 million. The winner of this weekend’s tournament will earn $2.7 million.
What should you know about TPC Southwind?
TPC Southwind, located in southeast Memphis, is a 7,244-yard par-70 course built in 1988 by Ron Prichard with PGA Tour players Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green as consultants.
The course has bermuda grass greens and zoysia fairways. The course record is 61, achieved three times in PGA Tour play. Most recently, Tom Lewis shot 61 in the third round of the WGC FedEx-St. Invitation from Jude.
The tickets are available on Ticketmaster from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets for Wednesday’s Pro-Am are $35.
Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $75, while tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $85.
Parking is also available on Ticketmaster, at $20 per day before fees. The lot is located at 3640 Hacks Cross Road, the world headquarters of FedEx.
What can you bring?
The PGA Tour has a defined bag policy for each event. Personal bags must measure 6 inches by 6 inches and clear bags must measure 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. All Tour policies, including allowed food and mobile device policy, can be found here.
What should I know about this year’s PGA Tour season?
The biggest story of the golf season is the impact of the new LIV golf series.
Backed by Saudi Arabia’s Private Investment Fund and publicly managed by former grand champion Greg Norman, LIV has recruited Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and other pros (including last year’s tournament champion at Memphis, Abraham Ancer). LIV’s draw isn’t just the seemingly large signing bonuses, but the big purses.
The PGA Tour responded by suspending Tour members who signed with LIV. Mickelson and DeChambeau are leading a group of players in an anti-trust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, and others have pulled out of the tour altogether. Current PGA Tour players, including Billy Horschel and Will Zalatoris, have criticized their LIV colleagues for trying to double dip on both tours.
On the course, Scheffler has four victories — the most on the tour — including a win at the April Masters Tournament. British Open champion Cameron Smith has picked up three wins, including last month’s Major title and a Players Championship victory.
Keep an eye out for Tom Kim, a fast-paced 20-year-old who earned temporary PGA Tour membership thanks to two top-10 finishes this summer. Kim won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, giving him full tour membership and propelling him into the top 40 of the FedEx Cup standings.