Ahead of the 2018 FedExCup Playoffs, defending FedExCup champion Justin Thomas appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon August 15 to compete against the late night host in a friendly golf game. A $1 million donation was made by FedEx to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of the winner.
The game, called Facebreakers, consisted of Fallon and Thomas hitting golf balls at a wall of glass panels featuring etched sketches of their faces. The first competitor to break all of their opponent’s faces on the wall was declared the winner. After impressive shots by both competitors, and one of Thomas’ shots nearly missing Fallon after ricocheting off the Facebreaker structure, Thomas came out on top resulting in FedEx donating the $1 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his honor. The donation will help ensure that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so all they have to worry about is helping their child live.
“Appearing on the Tonight Show and meeting Jimmy Fallon has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and it was a blast to go head-to-head with him in a game,” said Justin Thomas. “In my line of work on the PGA TOUR, I’m very fortunate to be a part of many amazing opportunities and it’s extra special when I can team up with great organizations like FedEx and St. Jude to help make a positive impact in the lives of children and their families.”
FedEx has been involved with the FedEx St. Jude Classic for more than 30 years and has helped raise more than $38 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The $1 million donation from FedEx to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is part of the FedEx Cares global giving initiative, in which FedEx is continuing to invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions for people around the world.
Beginning with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, FedEx is the title sponsor of the newly-named World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, and TPC Southwind.
FedEx has been an official sponsor of the PGA TOUR since 2002. In 2007 the FedExCup—a season-long competitive and promotional platform—was introduced, transforming the competitive landscape of the PGA TOUR. The performance-based point structure culminates with the FedExCup Playoffs, a four-tournament playoff at the end of the season to determine the FedExCup Champion.
About PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide. The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (84 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $65 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 425,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.