2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational

What: European Tour Event: WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Where: TPC Southwind
Miles Travelled:

4,019 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

I’m the European Tour Press Officer for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, working alongside the PGA Tour communications team to look after player media commitments before and during the tournament and produce daily reports.

This week I’m in Memphis, Tennessee for the final World Golf Championships event of the season. It’s a first for TPC Southwind, which has been a venue on the PGA Tour schedule since 1989, but this year welcomes 64 of the world’s top players to a WGC event for the first time. We have two claimants for the title of defending champion this week – World Number Two Dustin Johnson took the title at the last event to be hosted at Southwind, while fellow American Justin Thomas is the reigning champion of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which this tournament has replaced on the WGC schedule.

Have you even been to Memphis if you haven’t been to Beale Street? Right in the heart of the entertainment district in the city known as the home of blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll, the bustling street is a must-visit for music fans. We were lucky to enough to head over early in the week, thanks to Memphis Tourism, who hosted a media party at the famous B.B. Kings Blues Club.

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis has benefited from events hosted at TPC Southwind every year since 1989. A number of the players in the field this week have paid visits to the hospital, while there are a host of fundraising efforts throughout the week. Former World Number One Justin Rose took part in one such activity with young St Jude’s patient Dakota this week, as they tackled a $50,000 putting challenge. Justin did his best, but it was Dakota who sunk the putt that secured the valuable donation for the hospital.

You can’t escape barbeque in Memphis – and that includes on course. One of the main public catering areas is called The Pit and is home to concession stands from some of the city’s most famous BBQ joints. Good luck to the players teeing off on the ninth this week – it will be difficult to resist stopping off for ribs and pulled pork…

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