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Jon Rahm joins field for the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fresh off a win at the Irish Open, Jon Rahm is the latest to join the field for the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which heads to TPC Southwind for the first time July 24-28. Rahm joins defending champion Justin Thomas, who also confirmed his intentions to defend his title, as the latest top-10 players to join the star-studded field. Both Rahm and Thomas will each be making their first career start in Memphis.
With Rahm and Thomas’ commitment, the tournament already has 10 of the top 13 players in the Official World Golf Rankings, with Brooks Koepka (No. 1), Dustin Johnson (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 4), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 6), Rahm (No. 9), Thomas (No. 10), Xander Schauffele (No. 11), Gary Woodland (No. 12) and Matt Kuchar (No. 13) all committed.
“A World Golf Championships event is a different feel,” Thomas said. “It definitely has a major-like vibe to it. The crowds are definitely bigger than other events. But, it’s just the fact that you are watching the best players in the world. It’s not that the players at a regular PGA TOUR event aren’t the best players in the world – they are – but from a rankings standpoint, now you’re getting all the highest-ranked players in the world."
Rahm’s final-round 62 at the Irish Open helped him secure his fourth European Tour title and moved him up to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Rahm, a three-time PGA TOUR winner, has never made a start in Memphis but is enjoying an incredible year on TOUR, with nine top-10s in 15 starts, including a win with Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The 24-year-old Spaniard is currently ranked No. 11 in the FedExCup standings after finishing T3 at the U.S. Open in his last start on TOUR in June.
Thomas, the 2017 FedExCup champion, won his first World Golf Championships event a year ago in Akron, Ohio to add to his incredible career resume that already includes nine TOUR victories, a FedExCup title and a WGC title at age 26.
The former World No. 1 fired rounds of 65-64-67-69—265 (-15) for a four-shot victory at Firestone South but will defend his title in a different city with FedEx becoming the title sponsor of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Thomas was at the announcement when Memphis was announced as the new host of a WGC event and is looking forward to being back in Memphis to compete.
“I’m excited to get there, especially for a WGC. I’ve always watched the tournament on TV and it looks like a fun little course. It rewards good golf and penalizes bad golf, which I think is great,” said Thomas.
“To have the opportunity to go to the hospital [St. Jude] and see the kids, I’ve only heard great things from everyone that’s gone and done it,” Thomas said. “It will be a great opportunity to go check that out if the timing works out.”
And the Louisville, Kentucky native, who will be returning to the United States from The Open Championship in Ireland when he arrives in Memphis, knows exactly where his first stop in Memphis will be.
“I’m definitely going to try and get me some barbecue that week, I know that,” Thomas said.
Other players of note currently committed include 12-time PGA TOUR winner Bubba Watson, 10-time TOUR winner Sergio Garcia, six-time TOUR winner Patrick Reed, five-time TOUR winner Webb Simpson and top-20 players in the world Tony Finau and Tommy Fleetwood.
The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational attracts the most elite and global fields of the year as one of four World Golf Championships events on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours.
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. The World Golf Championships events annually attract 40-50 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings for each of the four events.
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