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Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa also commit to compete
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Tournament officials announced today that defending champion and World No. 4 Justin Thomas, World No. 15 Rory McIlroy and 2021 The Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa have committed to the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational when the event returns to Memphis and TPC Southwind, Aug. 2-8.
Thomas, the 2017 FedExCup champion, earned his qualification to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational via his win at 2021 THE PLAYERS Championship, which marked his 14th career PGA TOUR title. The 28-year-old started the third round seven strokes off the lead, tying the largest 36-hole comeback of his PGA TOUR career (2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational). With the win, Thomas became the fourth player to win THE PLAYERS, a major championship, a World Golf Championships event and a FedExCup title, joining Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and McIlroy. So far this season the two-time WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational winner has garnered five top-10 finishes in 19 starts, including T2 at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD and third place at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The 2021 event will mark the defending champion’s third consecutive appearance at TPC Southwind.
Justin Thomas wins by three shots at WGC-FedEx St. Jude
2019 FedExCup champion McIlroy qualified for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational with his one-stroke victory over Abraham Ancer at the Wells Fargo Championship in May for his 19th career TOUR victory and first in more than a year (2019 WGC-HSBC Champions). The three-time Wells Fargo Championship winner (2010, 2015) entered the final round trailing Keith Mitchell by two strokes, marking his 10th come-from-behind win. With 19 wins, the 32-year-old moved to T39 on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list tied with Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Hubert Green, Tom Kite and Bill Mehlhorn. The Northern Ireland native, who finished T4 at the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, is set to make his third consecutive start at TPC Southwind.
World No. 3 Morikawa earned his second major championship title in his eighth major championship appearance and his fifth career TOUR victory at The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club with a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth. With the win, the 24-year-old became the first player to win two different majors in his first attempt and joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win The Open and PGA Championship before age 25. Now up to No. 3 in the world, Morikawa previously secured his second trip to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (2020/T20) via his victory at the WGC-Workday Championship at Concession in February. The two wins this season along with six other top-10 finishes has the California native atop the FedExCup standings with just four weeks until the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.
The 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational marks Memphis’ third year hosting a World Golf Championships event, which annually attracts 40-50 of the top 50 players in OWGR to Memphis for one of the strongest fields of the year.
A limited quantity of daily tickets to The Patio featuring ULTRA Club are now available to the general public for Thursday-Sunday. This hospitality experience includes access to beer, wine, soda and water with cocktails and food available for purchase. Fans within the space will have access to the top two rows of seating to watch all the action on the par-3 11th hole at TPC Southwind.
The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will acknowledge the commitment and service of our U.S. military by offering tickets at $30 per day (Aug. 4-8) for active duty, reserve, military retirees, veterans, and their dependents. All military must present a valid military ID at onsite ticket window(s) in order to purchase. Ticket windows will be open Wednesday – Sunday at the main tournament entrance and near 3350 Players Club Parkway at our Rideshare Entrance. Military tickets can only be purchased on the day of entry.
Daily grounds tickets as well as upgraded ticket options for the 2021 event are on sale when the world’s best return to TPC Southwind, August 2-8. Courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, children ages 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult (applies to grounds access only). Spectators can visit www.WGCFedEx.com for more ticket information or to purchase tickets.
While on site at TPC Southwind, fans should stop by The Pit located near the eighth green, which features barbecue staples Central BBQ, The Commissary, HOG WILD and The Rendezvous, or relax, refresh, and enjoy an idyllic backyard setting at the TruGreen Backyard featuring comfortable outdoor seating areas, food and drink for purchase, lawn games, children playscapes and much more.
Fans are encouraged to follow the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Spectators can review the PGA TOUR’s Health and Safety plan for ticketed spectators by visiting PGATOUR.com/knowbeforeyougo.
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