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The first World Golf Championship following the PGA Tour restart kicks off in Memphis with the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational this July 30-August 2. The field will be particularly strong with the 8 top-ranked golfers in the world accepting invitations to play. This means that Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson are all set to compete along with Im Sungjae, Henrik Stenson, Viktor Hovland and others.
Tournament host TPC Southwind has been a mainstay on the PGA Tour since 1989, when it hosted the its first St. Jude Classic. The course was designed by Ron Prichard with input from Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green and opened in 1988. The St. Jude Classic was upgraded to a WGC event and became invitational in 2019, retaining the TPC Southwind as its host. The course is considered one of the more difficult on the PGA Tour, which is partially the reason why it became a WGC venue. It is 7,238 yards with over 90 bunkers and ample water, requiring a combination of length and accuracy for players. The course record is 61, achieved by Jay Delsing in 1991 and again by Bob Estes in 2001, both at St. Jude Classics.
The tournament maintains a smaller field of 78 players chosen primarily for their Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), participation in international team competitions, or winning tournaments. The following is the criteria for selecting the field at the WGC-St. Jude FedEx Invitational.
Members of the last named U.S. and International Presidents Cup Teams
Top 50 Players from the OWGR as of March 15/Week 11 of the PGA Tour
Top 50 players through July 20
Top 50 Players through July 27
Winners of the most recent Indonesian Masters, Australian PGA Championship, Bridgestone Open, and Dimension Data Pro-Am, if not otherwise qualified.
The Highest OWGR ranked golfers to fill the field to 78.
World Number 1 Jon Rahm. Getty Images
Television coverage is provided jointly by the Golf Channel and CBS. Thursday and Friday coverage is on the Golf Channel from 2-7pm ET. Saturday coverage begins 12-2pm ET on the Golf Channel before switching to CBS 2-6pm ET. The final round is Sunday and begins on the Golf Channel from 1pm-3pm ET before ending on CBS for 3-7pm ET. The tournament is also streaming live online on PGA Tour Live of selected holes and groups. PGA Tour Radio also provides coverage on SiriusXM and online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.