Jon Rahm adds name to impressive field committed to Memphis


Fresh off his Memorial Tournament victory, Jon Rahm – who also ascended to No. 1 in the latest World Golf Rankings – on Sunday committed to the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is scheduled to begin July 30 at TPC Southwind. Earlier this month, the PGA Tour announced the tournament will be held without spectators as it continues to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The win at the Memorial was the fourth PGA Tour victory of the 25-year-old’s young career and the first since April 2019, when he won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Rahm will be playing TPC Southwind for the second time. The former Arizona State star finished seventh at last year’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He raised $23,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the process by finishing the tournament with 18 birdies and one eagle. Before the tournament began, Rahm (along with Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed and Max Homa) pledged to donate set amounts for each birdie and eagle.

“(It’s) such a great event thanks to the atmosphere that’s created around this event and what we’re playing for, that just giving back, it cost nothing to me honestly,” Rahm said after last year’s tournament in Memphis. “It’s no effort, and I’m just happy I can hopefully make somebody smile today.”

Here’s who has committed to play in Memphis so far:

Koepka, currently ranked No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, will defend his title after winning last year’s tournament by three strokes. This will be his sixth start in Memphis.

Rahm won the Memorial Tournament and is now ranked No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career. He finished seventh last year in Memphis but raised $23,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after scoring 18 birdies and an eagle.

Simpson, ranked No. 5 in the world, was last year’s runner-up in Memphis and has won two tournaments this year, including the RBC Heritage.

Johnson ranked No. 4 in the world, won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2012 and 2018. This year, Johnson won the Travelers Championship, his 21st career PGA Tour win.

DeChambeau, ranked No. 7 in the world, claimed his sixth career PGA Tour victory after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic this month. This will be his fourth appearance in Memphis.

At 23 years old, Morikawa will make his first professional appearance in Memphis after winning the Workday Charity Open this month. He has two career PGA Tour wins and is ranked No. 13 in the world.

Berger’s win at the Charles Schwab Challenge made him the first golfer to win a PGA Tour title after the Tour resumed play in June. Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2016 and 2017.



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