Setting the scene
The final World Golf Championships event of the year, the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, will begin on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn., with 48 of the top 50 rated golfers expected to compete. The tournament is consistently one of the most difficult on tour, with approximately 100 bunkers, ten water hazards, and rolling fairways on the host TPC Southwind.
Last year’s tournament was won by Justin Thomas, who will become only the sixth golfer to win three WGC titles if he wins the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2021. But it won’t be simple, since World No. 1 Jon Rahm, who tested positive for COVID-19 weeks before the Olympics, is the only golfer in the top 40 who won’t be competing.
TPC Southwind will host the World Golf Championships for the third time, while it has been a regular stop on tour for many years. Before it became an elite tournament, Dustin Johnson was the last champion. This is the final week before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, and massive points are on the line, which can help the players position themselves well as they compete for the coveted prize.