2021 WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview

2021 WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview

2021 WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview

  • August 2-8, 2021
  • 45th of 50 FedExCup events
  • TPC Southwind • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Par 70 • 7,233 yards
  • Purse $10.5 million • Winner $1.82 million + 550 FedExCup pts.
  • 66 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • Defending champion Justin Thomas
  • TV
    • Thursday GC
    • Friday GC
    • Saturday GC, CBS
    • Sunday GC, CBS

2020-21 PGA TOUR SEASON TOURNAMENT STORYLINES

  • Strong field: 48 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field at the World Golf
  • Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, including nine of the top 10.
    • Only the (2021) Masters Tournament, PGA Championship and (2021) U.S. Open have had more top 50 players in the field during the 2020-21 season.
  • Top players winning five years in a row: In each of the last five years (including three prior to the move to TPC Southwind), the winner of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational has entered the week in the top three of both the FedExCup standings and the Official World Golf Ranking.
    • Collin Morikawa (No. 1 FEC, No. 3 OWGR) is the only player in the field that can extend the streak to six.
  • Bubble watch: Three players in the field are between Nos. 120-135 in the FedExCup standings with just two weeks remaining in the Regular Season:
    • Adam Scott (123)
    • Tommy Fleetwood (133)
    • Justin Rose (134).
    • Scott and Rose are among the nine players that have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007.
  • FedExCup Playoffs come to TPC Southwind in 2022:
    • On Tuesday, August 3, as part of the release of the 2021-22 PGA TOUR Schedule, it was announced that the first FedExCup Playoffs event is moving to TPC Southwind and will be called the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
    • Other highlights of the schedule announcement include the PGA TOUR and European Tour co-sanctioning three events in 2022 (Genesis Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship).

Top Players In The Field

Player Top results this season
Dustin Johnson
37 • Coastal Carolina • USA • Highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the OWGRSix-time WGC winner (second all-time to Tiger Woods, 18) • Two-time major champion (2016 U.S. Open, 2020 Masters Tournament)
Won (2020) Masters Tournament • T2 Houston OpenT6 (2020) U.S. Open • T8 The Genesis Inv., The Open Championship
Collin Morikawa • 24 • Cal • USA • Won The Open Championship in his most recent start on the PGA TOUR • Lost in a seven-way playoff for the bronze medal last week at the Olympic Games • Can become sixth straight winner of the event in the top three of FedExCup and OWGR Won The Open Championship • Won WGC-Workday Championship • P2 the Memorial Tournament • T4 (2021) U.S. Open
Xander Schauffele • 27 • USA • Won the gold medal at the Olympic Games last week in Tokyo • Finished T6 at the event in 2020Four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions 2nd THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK • T2 Waste Management Phoenix Open • T2 Farmers Insurance Open • T3 (2021) Masters Tournament
Justin Thomas • 28 • USA • Winner of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2018 and 2020 • No top-10s on TOUR since winning THE PLAYERS Championship in March • One of eight players in the top 10 of both the FedExCup standings (8) and OWGR (5) Won THE PLAYERS Championship • T2 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD • 3rd Sentry Tournament of Champions • 4th (2020) Masters Tournament
Brooks Koepka • 31 • Florida State • USA • Winner of the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational • Three consecutive top-10s on TOUR (T4/U.S. Open, T5/Travelers Champ., T6/The Open) • 49 career top-10s on the PGA TOUR in 154 starts Won Waste Management Phoenix Open • T2 PGA Championship • T2 WGC-Workday Championship • T4 (2021) U.S. Open

Tournament Records

Category Record Player Years
Low 18 Hole Score 61 4 players (5 instances) Most recent: Tom Lewis 2020 (r3)
Low 36 Hole Score 125 Tiger Woods 2000
Low 54 hole Score 192 Tiger Woods 2000
Low 72 Hole Score 259 Tiger Woods 2000
Holes In One 7 6 players Most Recent: Kevin Tway 2019 (r4)
Largest 18 Hole Lead 3 2 players William McGirt, 2016; John Rahm, 2019
Largest 36 Hole Lead 7 Tiger Woods 2000, 2013
Largest 54 Hole Lead 9 Tiger Woods 2000
Biggest Come From Behind Win 4 2 players Keegan Bradley, 2012; Justin Thomas, 2020
Largest margin of Victory 11 Tiger Woods 2000
Playoffs 1 2 instances Tiger Woods def. Stewart Cink, 2006; Tiger Woods def. Jim Furyk, 2001
Wire To Wire Winners 2 instances Stewart Cink, 2004; Tiger Woods, 2000
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