PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR, Youth Programs, Inc. and Memphis-based FedEx Corp. announced Tuesday that FedEx has extended its one-year sponsorship commitment of its hometown tournament by three years, continuing the FedEx St. Jude Classic through 2014.
Scheduled for June 6-12, the FedEx St. Jude Classic is at the front end of the final three-month stretch through the summer that culminates with the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
"FedEx has taken a significant step to assure the continuation of its hometown tournament over the next four years," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "FedEx obviously values the impact that the tournament has on the Memphis community and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in particular."
The FedEx St. Jude Classic has raised nearly $25 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 1970, when the hospital became its sole beneficiary. Furthermore, the tournament has created a valuable global platform that has helped to raise the profile of the hospital, leading to additional contributions and financial support.
"FedEx is happy to continue our long relationship with the FedEx St. Jude Classic and, more importantly, our support of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development at FedEx. "Our involvement with this tournament allows thousands of Memphis-based FedEx employees to play a direct role in the support of St. Jude."
FedEx was the tournament's title sponsor from 1986 through 2006. Beginning in 2007, FedEx and the PGA TOUR launched the FedExCup, which provides a compelling competition to crown a season-long champion. During this timeframe, FedEx stayed on as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. The FedEx St. Jude Classic is contested at TPC Southwind, where it has been held since 1989.
"The glory years of our event were during FedEx's initial 21-year run," said FESJC General Chairman Jack Sammons. "It's no secret that having FedEx back as title sponsor is an answer to lots of prayers, and is music to our ears. Today's announcement is also wonderful news for the children of St. Jude and golf fans in this region."