Memphis in August?
A World Golf Championship event is on its way.
The PGA Tour confirmed a poorly kept secret Thursday with the official announcement that the World Golf Championship event played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, since 2006 will move to the TPC Southwind in Memphis beginning in 2019, putting another piece in place for the revised Tour schedule that will go into effect next season.
The new event will be called the World Golf Championship FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Though official dates were not announced, it is expected to have spot on the schedule similar to the early August date currently held by the Firestone event, before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Firestone, which has hosted a PGA Tour event every year since 1954, will become host to the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on the PGA Tour Champions beginning in 2019, the Tour announced earlier on Thursday.
Memphis has hosted a PGA Tour event since 1958. The FedEx St. Jude Classic, won by Daniel Berger the past two years, has most recently settled into the week before the U.S. Open.
The WGC event will be open to the top 50 players in the world ranking and members of the prior Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams along with winners of select international events.
“This has been a long time coming,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
The Tour is expected to unveil the 2018-19 schedule during the Players Championship in May. It will look significantly different with the move of the Players Championship from May to March and the PGA Championship from August to May.