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All Ryder Cup team members receive guarantee qualification for Memphis' first WGC event
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Following Tiger Woods’ 80th career PGA TOUR victory at the TOUR Championship Sunday, the United States Ryder Cup Team is heading to France with a special perk of being on the team. Each member of that team – Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, and Bryson DeChambeau – have all now earned qualification for the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind July 22-July 28 via earning spots on the United States Ryder Cup Team.
“We want to congratulate the American team on earning qualification to the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and look forward to welcoming them to Memphis in August for our first WGC event,” said Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Woods, the now 80-time PGA TOUR winner, has never made a start in Memphis in his career but could in 2019 after qualifying for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Woods finished T31 in this year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which is transitioning into the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019. Woods has won a record 18 WGC titles throughout his career. Thomas has never made a start in Memphis either, while Spieth hasn’t made a start in Memphis since 2010.
Each member of the European Ryder Cup team, including 2018 FedExCup Champion Justin Rose, have also qualified for the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, meaning players like Rose, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter, and Thorbjorn Olesen are all qualified for Memphis’ first time hosting a WGC event.
Five European Ryder Cup team members – current FedExCup Champion Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Noren – have never made a start in Memphis, while McIlroy hasn’t played in Memphis since 2012.
For fans looking to see legends like Woods and young stars like Thomas and Spieth, tickets are now on sale for the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational tournament officials announced Wednesday. From now until October 31, fans can purchase Good-Any-One-Day tickets for $45 (plus taxes and fees) or Weekly Grounds tickets for $120 (plus taxes and fees). Tickets to the brand new ULTRA Club, an upgraded hospitality venue with a sports-bar like atmosphere, are now on sale for $125 (plus taxes and fees) for any one day and weekly ULTRA Club tickets are available for $300 (plus taxes and fees). Prices will increase on November 1, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now.
The 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational field will be limited to the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, each member of the United States or European Ryder Cup team and tournament winners who win global events with a strength of field rating of 115 or higher.
The World Golf Championships consistently attract the most elite and global fields of the year, with 40-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up in the four annual events. With Memphis’ hometown event taking on a new identity as a World Golf Championships event, fans will be treated to the brightest stars in the game such as Woods, Thomas, Johnson, Koepka, Rose, McIlroy, Spieth, etc.
The PGA TOUR has held a tournament in Memphis every year since 1958, but 2019 will mark the first time Memphis has hosted a World Golf Championships event.
The WGC-FedEx St. Jude will be one of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The other World Golf Championships are the Mexico Championship (Mexico City, Mexico), the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, Texas) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). The World Golf Championships collectively have generated more than $60 million for global charities since 1999.
For more information on the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude, please visit www.WorldGolfChampionships.com.
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