The St Jude Classic Live 2012
at TPC Southwind, Memphis
The FedEx St. Jude Classic is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It has been played annually in Memphis, Tennessee since 1958, and is currently held at TPC Southwind in June.
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 until 1989.
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 had just left office, hit a hole-in-one at the tournament's celebrity pro-am. The same year, Al Geiberger shot a PGA Tour record 59 (13-under-par) round.
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. 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 following accusations that the Stanford Financial Group was a Ponzi scheme. FedEx returned as title sponsor in 2011.
In 2011, the total purse was $5,600,000, with $1,008,000 going to the winner.
On the PGA Tour this week is the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which happens at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. This tournament starts on the 7th of June and concludes on the 10th. This tournament is worth 500 FedEx Cup points as well as $5,600,000, with the winner walking away with a prize of $1,008,000. Last year, it was Harrison Frazar who left with that check. The next tournament is a Major, the U.S. Open which happens in San Francisco, California at the Olympic Club, from June 14th to the 17th.
The previous PGA Tour event was called the Memorial Tournament and it was from the 31st of May to the 3rd of June, held at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio. The field for the St Jude Classic includes some great names in golf like Todd Hamilton and Greg Owen, as well as Robert Allenby, Ryan Palmer, Rich Beem and J.B Holmes. Briny Baird, Padraig Harrington, Shaun Micheel and Cameron Beckman are all scheduled to participate as well along with D.A. Points, Kris Blanks, Zach Johnson, Matt Johnson and Dicky Pride.
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