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Tony Finau looks to collect his first WGC title against a star-studded field in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – World No. 2 Dustin Johnson is the latest star to commit to the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational July 24-28, tournament officials announced Wednesday. The 20-time PGA TOUR winner has six World Golf Championships titles to his credit and will return to TPC Southwind where he holed out from the 18th fairway for a walk-off victory in 2018.
“Dustin has been a loyal past participant in Memphis and thrilled fans last year with his dominating victory,” said Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. “We are excited to have him return as we host a World Golf Championships event for the first time in Memphis.”
Tony Finau, who is No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has also committed to play in Memphis. Finau, who finished sixth in the 2018 FedExCup standings, earned his qualification after making the 2018 United States Ryder Cup Team for the first time. Currently ranked No. 16 in the FedExCup standings, he’s enjoying another banner season on the PGA TOUR with runner-up finishes at both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Charles Schwab Challenge along with a T5 finish at the Masters Tournament.
With Johnson and Finau’s commitments, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational already has five of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking committed with Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson already announcing plans to play, which is already more than Memphis’ PGA TOUR stop had in previous years. The elevation to a World Golf Championships event, one of only four on the golf calendar, brings the strongest fields and the largest purses in golf with 40-50 of the top 50 in the world annually competing in each of the four events.
Johnson has won twice in Memphis with victories at the 2012 and 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Johnson’s 2018 victory came in walk-off fashion as he holed out his approach on his way to a six-shot victory. With six WGC titles to his credit, Johnson only trails Tiger Woods’ 18 for most WGC victories. Johnson remains the only player in history to complete the WGC sweep, with prior wins at all four WGC events.
Johnson currently sits at fifth in the FedExCup standings with seven top-10s in 11 starts, including a victory at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in March. He also finished runner-up at the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship and T5 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Finau has made only one prior appearance in Memphis, missing the cut in 2018. He’s in search of his first World Golf Championships victory to go along with his lone PGA TOUR title at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.
Fans are reminded that the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Father’s Day ticket offer, which includes two Good-Any-One-Day Grounds tickets and a round at TPC Southwind (Tuesday-Friday or after 1 PM CST on the weekends), remains available for a limited time for $195 plus taxes and fees.
The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be the final of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and annually attracts the most elite and global fields of the year.
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 a host of global superstars, some of which have never played before in Memphis. 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.
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