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VOL. 130 | NO. 106 | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FedEx Extends Title Sponsorship of St. Jude Classic

By Don Wade

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FedEx has extended its title sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic through 2017, the PGA Tour announced Monday, June 1.

The FedEx St. Jude Classic has raised more than $30 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 1970. 

(Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

“FedEx epitomizes the charitable purpose of the PGA TOUR and what we’re all about,” said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. “It continues to play a vital role in growing the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s impact throughout the Memphis community and, in particular, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We are absolutely delighted that FedEx will continue its commitment.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary that FedEx has been involved in the sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The company first became title sponsor in 1986.

“This tournament is an integral part of the Memphis community,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of marketing and communications, FedEx Services. “Not only does it bring some of the world’s best golfers to town, but it also supports the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in finding cures and saving children. We are proud to continue our sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.”

The FedEx St. Jude Classic has raised more than $30 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 1970.

“This year marks FedEx’s 30th year of sponsorship of our event,” said tournament general chairman Jack Sammons. “We are fortunate and extremely blessed to have two hometown, world-class brands associated with our event in FedEx and St. Jude. Those facts are about as good as it gets on the PGA TOUR.”

The tournament dropped Stanford Financial Group’s title sponsorship in March 2009 in the wake of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation charging top executives of the financial firm with running a massive Ponzi scheme.

FedEx had stepped up in the wake of Stanford’s removal as tournament organizers scrambled to put the tournament on more stable financial footing.

The 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic is scheduled for June 8-14 at TPC Southwind, where it has been held since 1989. Ben Crane is the defending champion and the field also will include fan favorite Phil Mickelson.

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