The 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational kicks off in Memphis at the TPC Southwind this Thursday, July 29. The 22nd edition of the WGC Invitational and 2nd of the St. Jude Invitational features fewer golfers than most PGA Tour events and should be the strongest field since the coronavirus pandemic halted the PGA Tour. The event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides free healthcare to children suffering from cancer and other serious ailments and is located in Memphis. One competitor looking for another good day in Memphis is defending champion Brooks Koepka.
2019 Champion Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka, then ranked as the world number 1, came from a stroke behind on the final day to clinch a 3-stroke victory and his first WGC title. Koepka was in contention after first and second round scores of 68 and 67, but a third round 64 put him within 1 of leader Rory McIlroy. A strong final round of 65 meant the win, as McIlroy fell away to T4 and Webb Simpson finished second. The win also guaranteed Koepka first place in the Wyndham Rewards Top 10, earning him a $2 million bonus for the season.
Much has been said about the fact that all of the top-8 golfers in the world will be in the field, including defending champion and world number 6 Koepka. It truly is a stacked competition. Rory McIlroy slipped to number 2 in the world after John Rahm won the Memorial Tournament 2 weeks ago, and will be looking to quickly reclaim the top spot with a good performance in Memphis. Other contenders are Webb Simpson who is enjoying a strong year and Bryson DeChambeau, a man who seemed unstoppable until he missed the cut at the Memorial. Oddsmakers have made Patrick Cantlay one of the favorites, as the course is believed to play to his strength. Dustin Johnson has also already won twice at TPC Southwind in the St. Jude Classic, and that familiarity could lend itself to a win this weekend.
The tournament maintains a smaller field of 78 players chosen primarily for their Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), participation in international team competitions, or for winning tournaments. The following is the full field and the criteria for their selection at the WGC-St. Jude FedEx Invitational. Golfers who qualify through multiple means are noted by the corresponding numbers in parentheses following their name.
1. Members of the last named U.S. and International Presidents Cup Teams
An Byeong-hun (2), Abraham Ancer (2,3,4), Patrick Cantlay (2,3,4), Bryson DeChambeau (2,3,4,5), Tony Finau (2,3,4), Rickie Fowler (2,3,4), Adam Hadwin, Im Sung-jae (2,3,4,5), Dustin Johnson (2,3,4,5), Matt Kuchar (2,3,4), Marc Leishman (2,3,4,5), Li Haotong, Hideki Matsuyama (2,3,4), Joaquín Niemann (5), Louis Oosthuizen (2,3,4), Pan Cheng-tsung, Patrick Reed (2,3,4,5), Xander Schauffele (2,3,4), Webb Simpson (2,3,4,5), Cameron Smith (2,3,4,5), Justin Thomas (2,3,4,5), Gary Woodland (2,3,4)
2. Top 50 Players from the OWGR as of March 15/Week 11 of the PGA Tour
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (3,4,6), Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey (3,4,5), Matthew Fitzpatrick (3,4), Tommy Fleetwood (3,4,5), Sergio García (3,4), Tyrrell Hatton (3,4,5), Billy Horschel (3,4), Jazz Janewattananond (3,4,6), Kevin Kisner (3,4), Brooks Koepka (3,4,5), Shane Lowry (3,4), Graeme McDowell (5), Rory McIlroy (3,4,5), Collin Morikawa (3,4,5), Kevin Na (3,4,5), Victor Perez (3,4,5), Jon Rahm (3,4,5), Chez Reavie (3,4), Scottie Scheffler, Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson (3,4), Erik van Rooyen (3,4), Matt Wallace (3,4), Bernd Wiesberger (3,4,5), Danny Willett (3,4,5)
Note: Shugo Imahira (3,4,6), Francesco Molinari (3,4), Justin Rose (3,4), and Lee Westwood (3,4,5) will not play.
3. Top 50 players through July 20
Daniel Berger (4,5), Jason Day (4), Viktor Hovland (4), Ryan Palmer (4), Kevin Streelman (4)
4. Top 50 Players through July 27
All golfers already qualified
5. Official tournament winners from the Federation Tours since the prior season's WGC Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more
Cameron Champ, Tyler Duncan, Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, Andrew Landry, J. T. Poston, Sebastian Söderberg, Nick Taylor, Michael Thompson, Brendon Todd
6. Winners of the most recent Indonesian Masters, Australian PGA Championship, Bridgestone Open, and Dimension Data Pro-Am, if not otherwise qualified
All golfers already qualified
Highest ranked OWGR golfers to fill the field to 78.
Ian Poulter, Matthew Wolff, Kang Sung-hoon, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Corey Conners, Jason Kokrak, Tom Lewis, Joel Dahmen, Shaun Norris, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Max Homa, Mackenzie Hughes, Robert MacIntyre
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.