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VOL. 131 | NO. 215 | Thursday, October 27, 2016

Former FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon Dies

By Don Wade

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Phil Cannon, who served as tournament director of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from 1999-2015, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, after battling cancer for more than two years. He was 63.

PHIL CANNON

Current tournament director Darrell Smith said in a statement: “When Phil was diagnosed he said he would fight this battle with grace, courage, dignity and a big dose of humor, and I know all who have crossed paths with him can attest to that.

“Phil often said the tournament was far bigger than one individual, but I can confidently say Phil Cannon made an unbelievable impact on the FedEx St. Jude Classic.”

Cannon started volunteering at the local PGA Tour stop when he was 14 years old and was a student at White Station High School. It turned into a lifetime commitment of serving the tournament.

In 2015, as he prepared for what would be his last tournament as director, he smiled as he told The Daily News: “I don’t play golf. But I’d submit to you a music producer doesn’t sing or play guitar, either.”

Arrangements are pending.

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