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Starting with a donation in 1960, the Memphis PGA Tour stop, known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic, has been supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude and it’s seen some of the sport's more historic—and funny—moments. The tournament now known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic was founded in 1958 as the Memphis Open by seven business men who hatched their plan in the grill at the old Colonial Country Club in East Memphis.
1958 - Billy Maxwell wins inaugural Memphis Open at Colonial Country Club in East Memphis and earns $2,800.
1960 - First Memphis Invitational is held.
1965 - Jack Nicklaus wins Memphis Invitational.
1969 - World-famous entertainer and founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Danny Thomas, lends his name and influence to the event.
1970 - Danny becomes the honorary chairman of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital becomes the event’s sole beneficiary. Dave Hill wins the first tournament and earns a check of $30,000 from the $150,000 purse. Hill will ultimately win four times in Memphis.
1972 - DTMC moves to the “new” Colonial Country Club near the current Memphis/Bartlett border. Lee Trevino wins the first event held at the new par 72 layout.
1977 - Former President Gerald Ford makes a hole-in-one on the fifth hole during Wednesday’s pro-am tournament. His shot is later coined “the shot heard ’round the world.” Two days later, Al Geiberger cards the first 59 ever in a PGA TOUR event during Friday’s second round.
1983 - Cumulative total donations to St. Jude exceed $1 million.
1985 - Tournament officials and Danny Thomas decide to put more emphasis on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and change the event’s name to the St. Jude Memphis Classic.
1986 - Federal Express Corporation becomes tournament’s title sponsor and the name of the event is changed to the Federal Express St. Jude Classic. Tournament donations skyrocket as a result of the overall support of Federal Express.
1989 - Tournament moves to current home at TPC Southwind.
1991 - Honorary Chairman and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas dies in February. The 1991 Federal Express St. Jude Classic is held in his memory.
1993 - Cumulative total donations to St. Jude exceed $5 million.
1995 - Tournament changes name and logo to FedEx St. Jude Classic.
1999 - Cumulative total donations to St. Jude exceed $10 million.
2004 - TPC Southwind undergoes major renovations after 2004 event. Cumulative total donations exceed $15million.
2006 - FedEx completes 21 consecutive years as title sponsor and becomes umbrella sponsor of the FedExCup, a season-long points race on the PGA TOUR beginning in 2007.
2008 - Cumulative total donations to St. Jude exceed $20 million.
2011 - FedEx returns as title sponsor through the 2014 event. Cumulative total donations to St. Jude exceed $25 million.
2012 - St. Jude celebrates 50 years of lifesaving work and many events take place throughout the week to highlight its association with Memphis’ PGA TOUR event.
2013 - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee agrees to sponsor a volunteer fundraising initiative in an effort to keep a “no-cost” volunteer experience while continuing to raise money for St. Jude.
2013- Landers Ford of Collierville sponsors the Birdies for St. Jude Sweepstakes where participants have an opportunity to win a new Ford Explorer by guessing the number of birdies made during the FedEx St. Jude Classic.