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FedEx St. Jude Championship

The annual FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee brings together world-class golfers, St. Jude patients, fans and supporters.

Aug. 15 – 18, 2024 | Memphis, Tennessee

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St. Jude patients Allie, Mabry, Quincy, Azalea, Maelin and Alana stand on the course with 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship Champion Lucas Glover.

St. Jude patients (L to R) Allie, Mabry, Quincy, Azalea, Maelin and Alana with 2023 FedEx St. Jude Champion Lucas Glover


What is the FedEx St. Jude Championship (FESJC)?

In 1970, St. Jude founder Danny Thomas partnered with Memphis leaders to make St. Jude Children's Research Hospital the designated charity of the Memphis Open golf tournament. The tournament became the St. Jude Classic.

In 1986, FedEx became the title sponsor. In 2019, the name changed to World Golf Championships–FedEx St. Jude Invitational. In 2022, the PGA Tour elevated the tournament to be part of the FedEx Cup, a three-tournament playoff to determine the champion of the year, and named the tournament the FedEx St. Jude Championship. The tournament has taken place at TPC Southwind since 1989.

Since the Memphis tournament initally partnered with St. Jude in 1970, it has raised more than $60 million for St. Jude, helping to advance the research hospital’s lifesaving mission. When it comes to golf in Memphis, it’s always been more than just a game.


A mission bigger than competition

Friendship bracelets between St. Jude patients and PGA TOUR players. A double thumbs up to a St. Jude patient before a Championship-winning putt. A hug three years in the making.

At the FedEx St. Jude Championship, it's more than a tournament.

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St. Jude patient Mabry and Max Homa

St. Jude patient Mabry smiles for a selfie with PGA TOUR golfer Max Homa.
St. Jude patient Cross chips alongside PGA TOUR pro Collin Morikawa.

St. Jude patient Cross and Collin Morikawa


Kids of St. Jude spend memorable day with PGA Tour pro

Collin Morikawa set aside time during his tournament schedule to play with St. Jude patients at a newly restored public golf course in Memphis, creating community impact that goes far beyond sports.

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St. Jude patient Bailey shares his custom-designed golf shoes with Justin Thomas.

       St. Jude patient Bailey with his family and Justin Thomas


FESJC: The Fall and Rise of Bailey

Successfully treated by St. Jude, Bailey was the artistic inspiration behind FootJoy's custom shoes for PGA TOUR golfer Justin Thomas. Bailey presented his custom-designed shoes to Thomas during the 2019 WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

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St. Jude patient Dakota shakes hands with PGA TOUR golfer Justin Rose.

St. Jude patient Dakota and Justin Rose


One golf buddy to another, PGA TOUR star Justin Rose congratulates St. Jude patient Dakota on his hole-in-one

Justin Rose met St. Jude patient Dakota at the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. When Rose came up a little short on a 50-foot putt for charity, Dakota stepped up and coolly sank the remaining five-footer. Months later, Rose connected with Dakota after hearing about Dakota's first ever hole-in-one.

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Our 2023 FedEx Purple Eagle honoree

Meet St. Jude patient Olivia, the recipient of the FedEx Purple Eagle honor in 2023.

Each year since 2012, a St. Jude patient has been honored as a FedEx Purple Eagle honoree, a program in which a plane features the name of a child or a grandchild of a FedEx team member.

St. Jude patient is honored as the FedEx Purple Eagle recipient in 2023.

What events take place during the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship?

As the kickoff to the FedEx Cup, golf is the main course at the FedEx-St. Jude Championship, but it isn't the only way to celebrate St. Jude patients. From live music to fine cusine to the FedEx Classic Car Build, support St. Jude by attending or following one of these events. 


St. Jude Jam

The St. Jude JAM is a concert fundraiser leading up to the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Throughout the years, it has featured musicians from Journey, R.E.M., Sugar Ray and more.

Patient Azalea on the green with Pro Golfer Collin Morikawa at the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.


St. Jude patients get to put their putting skills to the test and play with professional golfers — all while sharing laughs, smiles and fun times on the course.

Chefs Andrew and Michael, hosts of the annual St. Jude Courses and Cocktails event.

Courses & Cocktails

Memphis-based chefs and mixologists prepare unique tastings for supporters of St. Jude.


Classic Car Build

FedEx pilots team up to build a classic car from the ground up in a fundraiser to support St. Jude.

Patient Riley holds a FedEx Purple Eagle banner in front of a plane named for them as part of the Purple Eagle program.

Purple Eagle

During the annual tournament, a plane features the name of a St. Jude patient who is the child or grandchild of a FedEx team member.

St. Jude patient Maelin-Kate swings a golf club and a small crowd cheers her on at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Little Loopers

During the Danny Thomas Pro-Am, St. Jude patients serve as Little Looper honorary caddies for celebrities. Past celebrities include Gerald Ford, Terrell Owens, Kathryn Newton and Ozzie Smith.


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What is the history of the FedEx St. Jude Championship?

The PGA TOUR brought professional golf to Memphis in 1958, debuting as the Memphis Open at Colonial Country Club. In 1970, the tournament became the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, named after entertainer and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas. Since then, the golf tournament's prestige has continually been elevated to its current status — the opening tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs.


St. Jude founder Danny Thomas with Lee Trevino

Danny Thomas shakes the hand of Lee Trevino at the St. Jude Golf Classic.

Custom designs by St. Jude patients


St. Jude patient Bridget collaborated with PING to design artwork that is featured on a limited-edition Hoofer golf bag.

St. Jude patient Bailey designed these FootJoy shoes as part of the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. More than 30 FootJoy-sponsored players wore custom shoes with artwork designed by Bailey.


Why support St. Jude?

When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

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St. Jude patient Eri'Elle with her mom


Every dollar makes a difference*

  1. Platelet count for a St. Jude patient

    Platelet counts are among the tests that doctors use to monitor patient health during treatment.

    Donate $50

  2. One red wagon

    Wagons are the preferred mode of travel through the halls of the hospital and around campus for our younger patients.

    Donate $100

  3. One red blood cell transfusion

    Children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases often need transfusions.

    Donate $250

  4. One hour of physical therapy

    Physical therapy is provided to patients because children with life-threatening diseases like cancer may develop developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses and their treatments.

    Donate $500

  5. Parent necessities for 20 patient families

    Parents who bring their children to St. Jude often leave home in a hurry and forget to pack day-to-day necessities such as shampoos, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and lotion. At Tri Delta Place, our short-term housing facility, parents can obtain these essentials free of charge.

    Donate $1,000

  6. Support St. Jude patients and their families

    Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures as you join St. Jude in its livesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

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When you make a donation using this information, your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures.  Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude.  The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs.  Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.


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FedEx St. Jude Championship Tournament History

1958 - Tournament begins

The PGA TOUR's debut in Memphis came in May at the Memphis Open. The Colonial Country Club hosted the inaugural Memphis event, which began with a purse of $20,000. Texas native Billy Maxwell earned his fourth career tour win at the event, taking home a $2,800 winner's check.


1961 - Dr. Middlecoff wins hometown event

Memphis golf legend Dr. Cary Middlecoff carded a final-round 67 en route to winning his hometown event. The victory marked his 39th career win on the PGA TOUR and his last victory before he retired later that same year.


1970 - St. Jude joins the cause

Twelve years following the inaugural tournament, the Memphis Open became the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, named after entertainer and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® founder Danny Thomas. Thomas agreed to lend his name to the tournament in exchange for St. Jude to become the tournament's primary beneficiary. Since then, Memphis' annual tour stop has raised more than $60 million for St. Jude, helping ensure patients' families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live.


1972 - The move to Colonial

The Memphis Open moved from Colonial Country Club in Memphis-proper to Cordova, where the "new" Colonial was bigger and better than ever.


1986 - FedEx becomes title sponsor

Twenty-eight years after the PGA TOUR arrived in the Bluff City, Memphis-based courier Federal Express became title sponsor of the TOUR's annual stop, which was renamed the Federal Express St. Jude Classic. The sponsorship marked FedEx's first in the sports industry. With the support of FedEx, this hometown event became a mainstay on the PGA TOUR schedule.


1989 - The move to Southwind

TPC Southwind was named the new home for the Federal Express St. Jude Classic and marked a new chapter for Memphis' annual TOUR stop following a 31-year run at Colonial Country Club. Texas native John Mahaffey was crowned the first TOUR winner at TPC Southwind.


1995 - The rebrand to FedEx St. Jude Classic

Following nine years of the Federal Express St. Jude Classic, the tournament was renamed to the FedEx St. Jude Classic, ushering in a new era of golf in Memphis.


2007 - FedExCup Playoffs begin

Established in 2007, the FedExCup is a season-long points competition offering $75 million in bonus money and culminating with the FedExCup Playoffs in August. Players vie to become the FedExCup champion, the one player who not only performs well during the PGA TOUR regular season but also excels through the pressure of the FedExCup Playoffs. 


2019 - World Golf Championships comes to Memphis

Thirty years following the move to TPC Southwind, the annual PGA TOUR event was named a World Golf Championships event. Memphis' hometown event took on a new identity as the World Golf Championships–FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which garnered one of the most global fields on the TOUR schedule with 45 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up at TPC Southwind.


2022 - Elevated to a FedExCup Playoffs event

Renamed the FedEx St. Jude Championship in 2022, the tournament became the kickoff event for the FedExCup Playoffs, welcoming the PGA TOUR golfers who quality for the TOUR's postseason and fight to keep their seasons alive.