WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational Golf Tournament

Justin Leonard tees off in the St. Jude Classic
Justin Leonard tees off at the 2005 St. Jude Classic, one of the two years he won the tournament. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The World Golf Championships tournament that was played for many years in Akron, Ohio, and known as the Bridgestone Invitational moved to Memphi, Tenn., beginning in 2019. It replaced an existing PGA Tour tournament, the FedEx St. Jude Classic. In addition to the change in location, the WGC tournament also took on the name of the old PGA Tour event, switching from WGC Bridgestone Invitational to WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

2020 Tournament

  • When: July 2-5, 2020
  • Where: TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.

2019 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Brooks Koepka scored 64-65 in the final two rounds and won by three strokes. Koepka finished at 16-under 264, three better than runner-up Webb Simpson. It was Koepka's seventh career win on the PGA Tour, but his first in any of the World Golf Championships tournaments.

WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational Trivia and Notes:

  • This tournament had its beginnings in 1962 at the four-person, two-round exhibition called the World Series of Golf. The WSOG was similar to the later PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In 1976, the World Series of Golf expanded to a full-field, four-round tournament and joined the PGA Tour as an official event.
  • Jack Nicklaus won the unofficial version of the World Series of Golf four times, including the first year it was played. He also won the official PGA Tour World Series of Golf the first year it was played, in 1976.
  • Tiger Woods has won this event eight times. Only Greg Norman (1995, 1997) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1990, 1994) also have multiple wins.
  • Woods won three in a row from 1999-2001, then three in a row again in 2005-07. He is the only player in PGA Tour history to win the same tournament three times in a row on two different occasions.
  • Two of Woods' wins were in lengthy playoffs. In 2001, he beat Jim Furyk in a 7-hole playoff; in 2006, he defeated Stewart Cink in a 4-hole playoff.

Winners of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Winners are listed annually; previous tournament names are listed in bold type (p-won playoff).

2019 - Brooks Koepka, 264

WGC Bridgestone Invitational
2018 - Justin Thomas, 265
2017 - Hideki Matsuyama, 264
2016 - Dustin Johnson, 274
2015 - Shane Lowry, 269
2014 - Rory McIlroy, 265
2013 - Tiger Woods, 265
2012 - Keegan Bradley, 267
2011 - Adam Scott, 263
2010 - Hunter Mahan, 268
2009 - Tiger Woods, 268
2008 - Vijay Singh, 270
2007 - Tiger Woods, 272
2006 - Tiger Woods-p, 270

WGC NEC Invitational
2005 - Tiger Woods, 274
2004 - Stewart Cink, 269
2003 - Darren Clarke, 268
2002 - Craig Parry, 268
2001 - Tiger Woods-p, 268
2000 - Tiger Woods, 259
1999 - Tiger Woods, 270

NEC World Series of Golf
1998 - David Duval, 269
1997 - Greg Norman, 273
1996 - Phil Mickelson, 274
1995 - Greg Norman-p, 278
1994 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 269
1993 - Fulton Allem, 270
1992 - Craig Stadler, 273
1991 - Tom Purtzer-p, 279
1990 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 262
1989 - David Frost-p, 276
1988 - Mike Reid-p, 275
1987 - Curtis Strange, 275
1986 - Dan Pohl, 277
1985 - Roger Maltbie, 268
1984 - Denis Watson, 271

World Series of Golf
1983 - Nick Price, 270
1982 - Craig Stadler-p, 278
1981 - Bill Rogers, 275
1980 - Tom Watson, 270
1979 - Lon Hinkle, 272
1978 - Gil Morgan-p, 278
1977 - Lanny Wadkins, 267
1976 - Jack Nicklaus, 275

(Note: Tournaments prior to 1976 were 36-hole events and are not counted as official PGA Tour tournaments.)

1975 - Tom Watson, 140
1974 - Lee Trevino, 139
1973 - Tom Weiskopf, 137
1972 - Gary Player, 142
1971 - Charles Coody, 141
1970 - Jack Nicklaus, 136
1969 - Orville Moody, 141
1968 - Gary Player, 143
1967 - Jack Nicklaus, 144
1966 - Gene Littler, 143
1965 - Gary Player, 139
1964 - Tony Lema, 138
1963 - Jack Nicklaus, 140
1962 - Jack Nicklaus, 135

The Old PGA Tour St. Jude Classic Tournament

Memphis, Tenn., was an annual stop on the PGA Tour from 1958 through 2018 — a "regular" PGA Tour event. Beginning in 2019, the tournament that had previouslyl been known as the WGC Bridgestone Invitational moved to Memphis, and the "regular PGA Tour tournament" St. Jude Classic was discontinued. In its place was the WGC tournament, which took the name of WGC FedEx St. Jude Classic.

But what about that old, discontinued "regular" St. Jude Classic, the non-WGC tournament that ran from 1958 through 2018? Its winners are listed below. But the most famous thing that ever happened in that tournament was the first round of 59 in PGA Tour history in PGA Tour history, achieved by Al Geiberger in 1977 at Colonial Country Club in Memphis. The tournament record was 258, set by John Cook in his 1996 victory.

Winners of the St. Jude Classic (1958-2018) on the PGA Tour

(p - won playoff)

FedEx St. Jude Classic
2018 - Dustin Johnson, 261
2017 - Daniel Berger, 270
2016 - Daniel Berger, 267
2015 - Fabian Gomez, 267
2014 - Ben Crane, 270
2013 - Harris English, 268
2012 - Dustin Johnson, 271
2011 - Harrison Frazar, 267

St. Jude Classic
2010 - Lee Westwood-p, 270
2009 - Brian Gay, 262

FedEx St. Jude Classic
2008 - Justin Leonard-p, 276
2007 - Woody Austin, 267
2006 - Jeff Maggert, 271
2005 - Justin Leonard, 266
2004 - David Toms, 268
2003 - David Toms, 264
2002 - Len Mattiace, 266
2001 - Bob Estes, 267
2000 - Notah Begay III, 271
1999 - Ted Tryba, 265
1998 - Nick Price-p, 268
1997 - Greg Norman, 268
1996 - John Cook, 258
1995 - Jim Gallagher Jr., 267

Federal Express St. Jude Classic
1994 - Dicky Pride-p, 267
1993 - Nick Price, 266
1992 - Jay Haas, 263
1991 - Fred Couples, 269
1990 - Tom Kite-p, 269
1989 - John Mahaffey, 272
1988 - Jodie Mudd, 273
1987 - Curtis Strange, 275
1986 - Mike Hulbert, 280

St. Jude Memphis Classic
1985 - Hal Sutton-p, 279

Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
1984 - Bob Eastwood, 280
1983 - Larry Mize, 274
1982 - Raymond Floyd, 271
1981 - Jerry Pate, 274
1980 - Lee Trevino, 272
1979 - Gil Morgan-p, 278
1978 - Andy Bean-p, 277
1977 - Al Geiberger, 273
1976 - Gibby Gilbert, 273
1975 - Gene Littler, 270
1974 - Gary Player, 273
1973 - Dave Hill, 283
1972 - Lee Trevino, 281
1971 - Lee Trevino, 268
1970 - Dave Hill, 267

Memphis Invitational Open
1969 - Dave Hill, 265
1968 - Bob Lunn, 268
1967 - Dave Hill, 272
1966 - Bert Yancey, 265
1965 - Jack Nicklaus-p, 271
1964 - Mike Souchak, 270
1963 - Tony Lema-p, 270
1962 - Lionel Hebert-p, 267
1961 - Cary Middlecoff, 266
1960 - Tommy Bolt-p, 273
1959 - Don Whitt-p, 272
1958 - Billy Maxwell, 267