MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The top eight golfers in the world will be at TPC Southwind next week, with No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Justin Thomas committing to the 2020 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Tuesday. World No.1 Jon Rahm announced his commitment Sunday.
Joining the trio are World No. 4 Dustin Johnson, No. 5 Webb Simpson, No. 6 Brooks Koepka, No. 7 Bryson DeChambeau and No. 8 Patrick Reed among the committed. Overall 9 of the top 11, and 11 of the top 13 are committed to play in Memphis.
Friday, Tiger Woods posted to social media that he would not be taking part, saying, "Disappointed to miss @WGCFedEx, but doing what I think is best to prepare me for the @PGAChampionship and upcoming FedExCup Playoffs."
Here are the names of those coming to Memphis so far:
A three-shot victory at the Memorial Tournament catapulted Rahm to his first career No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Rankings. Last year in Memphis, Rahm raised $23,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital after pledging $1,000 per birdie and $5,000 per eagle on his way to a seventh-place finish.
The No. 2 golfer in the world returns to Memphis where he finished tied for fourth at last year's tournament. McIlroy made for an exciting Sunday in Memphis' first WGC last year, entering as the 54-hole leader and matched with 2019 champion Brooks Koepka in the final pairing. McIlroy will be seeking his fourth career World Golf Championship.
The World No. 3 golfer leads the current FedExCup standings with two wins and six additional top-10s this season. Thomas, who raised $17,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 2019 after pledging $1,000 per birdie and $5,000 per eagle, returns to Memphis for the second consecutive year. The 12-time PGA TOUR winner previously won the 2018 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational when it was hosted at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Ranked No. 4 in the world, Dustin Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2012 and 2018, the latter made possible by a 171 -yard eagle on the 18th hole to walk-off with the victory. Johnson has won 6-career WGC events, second all-time only to Tiger Woods (18).
No. 5 Simpson was last year's runner-up at TPC Southwind and has won two tournaments this year, including the RBC Heritage.
The World No. 6 golfer returns to Memphis looking to defend his 2019 WGC-FESJI title. This will be Koepka's sixth career trip to Memphis.
The No. 7 ranked golfer in the world claimed his sixth career PGA Tour victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic July 5. This will be his fourth trip to Memphis.
No. 8 Reed is the owner of two World Golf Championships titles, including the 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship, the lone WGC event so far this year. En route to a 12th place finish at last year's WGC-FESJI, Reed donated $7,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after pledging $500 per birdie. Reed's first career PGA TOUR start came at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2011.
No. 11 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Schauffele owns one prior WGC victory (2018 WGC-HSBC Champions) and nearly added another at the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions where he fell in a playoff to McIlroy. The four-time PGA TOUR winner has two runner-up finishes this season and is No. 12 in the FedExCup standings.