Phil Mickelson Commits to FedEx St. Jude Classic

Phil Mickelson Commits to FedEx St. Jude Classic

The FedEx St. Jude Classic announced on Monday that “Lefty” - better known as Phil Mickelson - will play at TPC Southwind. Most experts consider Phil Mickelson to be among the top three golf names in the world.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - It’s not Tiger Woods, but it is close. One of the world’s best golfers is coming to Memphis.

The FedEx St. Jude Classic announced on Monday that “Lefty” - better known as Phil Mickelson - will play at TPC Southwind. Most experts consider Phil Mickelson to be among the top three golf names in the world.

Having Mickelson play in the Bluff City means bigger tournament crowds, more business, and more money for the kids of St. Jude. It also means plenty of excitement.

“Getting his name on the commitment list is huge,” said tournament director Phil Cannon.

When the St. Jude Classic got the go-ahead from Mickelson, things started happening.

“We’re trending big-time on social media right now,” Cannon told abc24.com, “and the phones are ringing off the wall.”

And Memphis golf fans were buzzing over Mickelson.

“I think it’s awesome,” said golf fan Lynne Norton, “I think it’s a good thing for Memphis.”

“Phil Mickelson,” said golf fan Frankie Alexander, “he’s just a great golfer.”

“He will draw in more crowds,” Jennifer Hudson told abc24.com, “create more awareness for St. Jude. I think that is awesome of Phil to come and play in Memphis.”

The East End Grill is a golf hangout; mementos and souvenirs of past St. Jude Classics are everywhere.

“This is kind of a museum of the St. Jude Classic,” said East End bartender Danny Twaddle, “all these things happen every year during the tournament.”

So Mickelson should be good for business.

“In general we should have a record year,” Twaddle told abc24.com.

But, nobody is losing sight of the tournament’s main benefactor.

“St. Jude is unbelievable,” said Alexander, “we’re strong supporters of St. Jude.”

“That is the main reason we do the tournament,” Twaddle told abc24.com, “the kids are number one.”

Those feelings extend to the golfers.

“The players are human,” said Cannon, “they’ve got kids, and they want to help the cause just as much as anybody.”

That’s why Mickelson in Memphis is such a big deal. And, oh yeah - the tournament is also waiting on a commitment from Rory McIlroy.

“Whew,” exclaimed Hudson, “we’d be rocking and rolling then. If Rory comes I think St. Jude would really knock it out of the ballpark.”

The FedEx St. Jude Classic runs June 3-9 at TPC Southwind. Cannon feels the Mickelson announcement helped the tournament break through the spotlight of the Memphis Grizzlies, who in his opinion have owned the marketplace for several months.

It looks like they’ll have to share for awhile.
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