The FedEx St. Jude Classic brings live music, games, fireworks and food to Memphis.
The FedEx St. Jude Classic returns to Memphis for its 61st year June 4-10. TPC Southwind will play host to the PGA Tour event and the world’s best golfers for the 30th time. The “Hush Y’all” signs, plethora of food trucks and party tents, and southern hospitality make their return as a staple in the Memphis summer calendar.
More than a Golf Tournament
It’s called tournament week, and the event as a whole is known at the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament. But there is so much more to enjoy. Join the world’s best golfers and enjoy plenty of live music, games and food on the grounds of TPC Southwind while the PGA Tour is in town.
Friday, June 8, after the completion of the second round, you might want to stick around to watch fireworks light up TPC Southwind. Fireworks on the Fairway will take place at 8:45 p.m. to cap off a night of games, food, inflatables and live music provided by the Kimberlie Helton Band. Parking is 10 dollars and admission is free after 5 p.m.
Supporting St. Jude and ensuring no family receives a bill for medical care is always a major part of tournament week. This year is no different. St. Jude fundraising begins Saturday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Courses and Cocktails. Tee off tournament week with a night of live music, golf-themed games, auctions, and fabulous Southern fare and drinks by Andy Ticer, Michael Hudman, and guest chefs. Ticer and Hudman own some of Memphis’ most popular restaurants including Hog and Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Individual tickets are priced at $100 and proceeds go to St. Jude.
Following Courses and Cocktails on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m., is a 45-minute spin class overlooking the driving range at TPC Southwind. Each reservation will cost $100 which will include a swag bag as well as an invitation to the beer, wine, and cocktail party following the class.
Enhance Your Fan Experience
The St. Jude Classic provides several ways for fans of all ages to enjoy the event. Bring the entire family to the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Family Zone situated along the 18th fairway to enjoy an air conditioned environment to escape the Memphis summer heat. The zone includes a TV streaming the golf tournament, kid-sized furniture and changing tables for infants. Everyone is covered at the Family Zone. Accompanying the Family Zone on the 18th fairway is the AutoZone Kids Zone. While the parents enjoy the air condition-controlled Family Zone, kids can enjoy inflatables and mini golf at the St. Jude Classic.
In the spirit of air conditioning, the St. Jude Classic has set up BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Cool Seats throughout the golf course. These seats situated around the golf course will help you cool off from time to time as you move around TPC Southwind.
And of course, for the golfer who finds motivation watching the best golfers in the world, the Bridgestone Performance Center is here for you. Alongside the 18th fairway, the performance center gives you a chance to capitalize on that motivation and work on your golf swing.
Players to Watch For
Situated right before the U.S. Open, the St. Jude Classic attracts the game’s best golfers who are looking to hone their skills before the second major of the year. Headlining this year’s player field is the fan-favorite Phil Mickelson. Mickelson, or Lefty as he is known to many, has 43 PGA Tour victories, two Masters championships, and five total majors. One of golf’s most likable guys, Mickelson returns yet again to the 901.
Daniel Berger is the king of TPC Southwind. The 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year won both the 2016 and 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classics which account for Berger’s only PGA Tour wins. He is one of only six players to win the tournament twice and the first since 2003-2004 to win it back-to-back.
Finally, a local boy who finished in the top 5 of last year’s tournament is back for the second time. Braden Thornberry, the 2017 NCAA men’s golf individual champion and second-ranked amateur in the world, will tee it up at a place where he shares the course record. Thornberry is a popular player with a major following at the St. Jude Classic being from Olive Branch, Mississippi, and attending Ole Miss.