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2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic Begins Monday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis may not have a team in the NBA Finals this week, but it will be in the national spotlight for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The golf tournament draws thousands of fans, dozens of pro golfers, celebrities, and even basketball coaches like Penny Hardaway.
     
2018 is the last year for the classic which goes highbrow next year, transitioning to a World Golf Championship and drawing the world's top 50 golfers.

The final FedEx St. Jude Classic gets underway Monday, leading up to the championship round next weekend.

Among the pros that will be here are two-time defending St. Jude Classic champ Daniel Berger, as well as, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson.

Altogether, 156 golfers will be touching down in the Bluff City this week.

The tournament at TPC Southwind brings more than dozens of golf pros and national exposure to Memphis.
     
It has also raised more than $33 million for St. Jude. Plus, it offers a shot in the arm for our local economy.

Happening this week, the Danny Thomas Pro-Am starts Monday with St. Jude patients, celebrities like actor Patrick Warburton, and pro-football player and Super Bowl winner Reggie Bush.

Even Tigers coach Penny Hardaway will put down the basketball and pick up his golf clubs to compete in the pro-am on Wednesday.

That same day, St. Jude patients will serve as honorary caddies for the pros at the 11th hole.

The pros will start tournament play on Thursday, but on Friday night you can catch the fireworks show at 8:45. Parking is $10 and admission to that is free.

The PGA Tour says because of events earlier this year and heightened security measures across the country, they will continue normal security policies but expand screenings for everyone, patrons, sponsors, volunteers, you name it.

The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau suggests you put on sunscreen, sit at the 18th holes, and get a Pronto Pup.


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