If you ever wondered why the FedEx St Jude Classic, the PGA Tour’s umbrella sponsor, was stuck with a date on the schedule that made it hard to draw the top-ranked players, wonder no more.
The PGA Tour announced that starting in 2019, the newly-named FedEx St Jude Invitational would become part of the World Golf Championships series, and replace the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
“I think this is a great opportunity to take advantage of having this stage to build the profile of St. Jude, build the profile of the PGA Tour, build the profile of FedEx and build the profile of the city I know you all are so proud of, and that’s what gives us great energy about being here today,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.
Reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas was on hand as part of the unveiling, and while the 24-year old star has never played the “Classic,” he’s familiar with the southern hospitality.
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