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DATES: Thursday, June 10th through Sunday, June 13th
SITE: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ron Prichard (1987),
         Fuzzy Zoeller/Hubert Green (Consultants),
         PGA Tour Design Services (2004)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,239
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 434 yds10 - Par 4 465 yds
2 - Par 4 401 yds11 - Par 3 157 yds
3 - Par 5 554 yds12 - Par 4 406 yds
4 - Par 3 196 yds13 - Par 4 472 yds
5 - Par 4 485 yds14 - Par 3 239 yds
6 - Par 4 445 yds15 - Par 4 395 yds
7 - Par 4 482 yds16 - Par 5 530 yds
8 - Par 3 178 yds17 - Par 4 490 yds
9 - Par 4 457 yds18 - Par 4 453 yds
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35 3,632 yds35 3,607 yds
 
Annual:  53rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Brian Gay
Runner-Up:  Bryce Molder, David Toms
Tournament Record:  258 (John Cook, 1996)
54-Hole Record:  189 (John Cook, 1996)
36-Hole Record:  126 (John Cook, 1996; David Frost, 1999)
18-Hole Record:  59 (Al Geiberger, 1977 -- Colonial CC - Cordova)
Course Record:  61 (Jay Delsing, 1993; Bob Estes, 2001)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,008,000; 2nd Place - $604,800; 3rd Place - $380,800
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Brian Gay262Robert Allenby268
Bryce Molder267Jason Dufner269
David Toms267Graeme McDowell269
Paul Goydos268Woody Austin270
John Senden268Jeff Overton271
Heath Slocum271
 
Past St. Jude Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Brian Gay (262) -- Bryce Molder, David Toms
2008*Justin Leonard (276) -- Robert Allenby, Trevor Immelman
2007Woody Austin (267) -- Brian Davis
2006Jeff Maggert (271) -- Tom Pernice Jr
2005Justin Leonard (266) -- David Toms
2004David Toms (268) -- Bob Estes
2003David Toms (264) -- Nick Price
2002Len Mattiace (266) -- Tim Petrovic
2001Bob Estes (267) -- Bernhard Langer
2000Notah Begay III (271) -- Chris DiMarco, Bob May
1999Ted Tryba (265) -- Tim Herron, Tom Lehman
1998*Nick Price (268) -- Jeff Sluman
1997Greg Norman (268) -- Dudley Hart
1996John Cook (258) -- John Adams
1995Jim Gallagher, Jr. (267) -- Jay Delsing, Ken Green
1994*Dicky Pride (267) -- Gene Sauers, Hal Sutton
1993Nick Price (266) -- Rick Fehr, Jeff Maggert
1992Jay Haas (263) -- Dan Forsman, Robert Gamez
1991Fred Couples (269) -- Rick Fehr
1990*Tom Kite (269) -- John Cook
1989John Mahaffey (272) -- Bob Gilder, Hubert Green, Bernhard Langer
1988Jodie Mudd (273) -- Peter Jacobsen, Nick Price
1987Curtis Strange (275) -- Russ Cochran, Mike Donald, Tom Kite,
Denis Watson
1986Mike Hulbert (280) -- Joey Sindelar
1985*Hal Sutton (279) -- David Ogrin
1984Bob Eastwood (280) -- Ralph Landrum, Mark O'Meara, Tim Simpson
1983Larry Mize (274) -- Chip Beck, Sammy Rachels, Fuzzy Zoeller
1982Ray Floyd (271) -- Mike Holland
1981Jerry Pate (274) -- Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke
1980Lee Trevino (272) -- Tom Purtzer
1979*Gil Morgan (278) -- Larry Nelson
1978*Andy Bean (277) -- Lee Trevino
1977Al Geiberger (273) -- Jerry McGee, Gary Player
1976Gibby Gilbert (273) -- Forrest Fezler, John Lister, Gil Morgan
1975Gene Littler (270) -- John Mahaffey
1974Gary Player (273) -- Lou Graham, Hubert Green
1973Dave Hill (283) -- Allen Miller, Lee Trevino
1972Lee Trevino (281) -- John Mahaffey
1971Lee Trevino (268) -- Lee Elder, Jerry Heard, Hale Irwin, Randy Wolff
1970Dave Hill (267) -- Frank Beard, Homero Blancas, Bob Charles
1969Dave Hill (265) -- Lee Elder
1968Bob Lunn (268) -- Monty Kaser
1967Dave Hill (272) -- Johnny Pott
1966Bert Yancey (265) -- Gene Littler
1965*Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Johnny Pott
1964Mike Souchak (270) -- Billy Casper, Tommy Jacobs
1963*Tony Lema (270) -- Tommy Aaron
1962*Lionel Hebert (267) -- Gene Littler, Gary Player
1961Cary Middlecoff (266) -- Gardner Dickinson, Mike Souchak
1960*Tommy Bolt (273) -- Ben Hogan, Gene Littler
1959*Don Whitt (272) -- Al Balding, Gary Player
1958Billy Maxwell (267) -- Cary Middlecoff

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Stanford St. Jude Championship (2007-08), FedEx St. Jude
Classic (1995-2006), Federal Express St. Jude Classic (1986-94), St. Jude Memphis Classic (1985), Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (1970-84), Memphis Invitational Open (1960-69), Memphis Open (1958-59).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Brian GayT-20mcT-34mcT-5mcT-164thT-60Won
David TomsT-15T-534thWonWon2ndT-103rdT-37T-2
Robert Allenby------T-9T-17---mc---T-12T-2T-4
Paul GoydosT-65T-574thmc---T-1272ndT-63mcT-4
John Senden------T-54T-14T-18mc9thmc---T-4
Woody Austinmcmcmc------T-44T-51WonT-499th
Ben Crane------mcT-6T-33T-39---------T-14
Bob EstesT-45WonT-30T-32ndT-8T-28mcT-13T-23
Camilo Villegas------------------T-16T-46T-18T-29
Retief Goosen---------------------T-30mcT-29
Chris DiMarcoT-2T-12---T-9------T-22T-70mcT-59
John DalymcT-575thwdT-42T-72wd79thmcT-59
Tim HerronT-75---T-19T-14T-3T-24T-16T-17T-13T-69
Justin Leonard------T-9------WonT-22T-46Wonmc
Boo Weekley------T-19------------mcT-4mc
Padraig Harrington---------------------mcT-4mc
Jeff Maggert---mc---------mcWonmcT-24wd
Len MattiaceT-25T-12WonT-58mcmcmcmcmc---
Zach Johnson------------------T-5---------
Robert Karlsson------------------------------
Rory McIlroy------------------------------
Ian Poulter------------------------------
Charl Schwartzel------------------------------
Lee Westwood------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ben Crane
Darkhorse - Bo Van Pelt
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Robert Allenby) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Overton) - Finished tied for 12th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to Memphis, Tennessee this week for the final tune-up for the second major championship of the season, the U.S. Open. World No. 3 and Masters runner-up Lee Westwood is playing at the St. Jude Classic for the first time. Eight of the top-17 players in the world are in the field - Westwood (3), Ian Poulter (6), Rory McIlroy (10), Robert Allenby (13), Padraig Harrington (14), Camilo Villegas (15), Zach Johnson (16) and Retief Goosen (17).

This week's event has a storied past, as the tournament dates back to 1958. Some of the previous winners include Tommy Bolt, Cary Middlecoff, Tony Lema, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Gene Littler, Jerry Pate, Raymond Floyd, Larry Mize, Hal Sutton, Curtis Strange, Tom Kite, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Nick Price, David Toms and Justin Leonard - all major championship winners.

Last year, Brian Gay fired four rounds in the 60s and cruised to a five-stroke win over Bryce Molder and David Toms at this event. Gay finished at 18-under 262 and won by five strokes at the TPC Southwind. Gay became the fourth player to go wire-to-wire (no ties) in winning this event. The others were Dave Hill (1967), Bob Estes (2001) and Justin Leonard (2005).

In 2008, Leonard birdied the second playoff hole to beat Trevor Immelman and Robert Allenby to win this event for the second time. Leonard also won the 2005 tournament. The 2008 playoff was the 12th in tournament history and first since 1998, when Nick Price defeated Jeff Sluman. Leonard, Immelman and Allenby finished the event at four-under 276, making it the highest winning score since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989.

Woody Austin fired a bogey-free, eight-under 62 in the final round at the TPC Southwind to capture this event in 2007. Austin posted six birdies and an eagle for the best round of his 13-year PGA Tour career. He made five birdies on the back nine and finished the tournament with 49 consecutive bogey-free holes. In the end, Austin stood at 13-under 267 for a five-shot win over England's Brian Davis. It was his third PGA Tour win and first since the 2004 Buick Championship.

In 2006, Jeff Maggert fired a five-under 65 in the final round to pull away and win this event. Maggert ended at nine-under-par 271 for a three-stroke victory over Tom Pernice, Jr. The win was Maggert's first since the 1999 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Maggert finished the event in 2006 with only 99 putts in four rounds (25-25-24-25).

Leonard opened with a 62 in the first round of 2005 and led wire-to-wire as he won this event. Leonard struggled to a final-round 73, but held on for a one-shot victory over two-time defending champion David Toms. Leonard's final-round 73 matched the highest closing round by a winner in tournament history, joining Hill (1967) and Toms (2004).

In 2004, Toms became just the third player to win back-to-back titles at this event, as he finished at 16-under-par 268 and won by six over 2001 champion Estes. Hill (1969-70) and Trevino (1971-72) were the only players to win back- to-back championships before Toms. Toms is the all-time leading money winner at this event with $3,511,033 in earnings. He has finished in the top-10 seven of the last eight years, finishing 4th (2002), 1st (2003), 1st (2004), 2nd (2005), T-10 (2006), 3rd (2007) and T-2 (2009). Toms finished in a tie for 37th in 2008.

This is the 22nd year in which the tournament has been held at the TPC Southwind. The golf course features eight lakes and three streams affecting play on 11 holes, and also has signature TPC features, including spectator mounding and other subtle land movements as well as bunkers and chipping areas around small, undulating greens. Colonial Country Club's South Course previously hosted the event from 1972 through 1988 while Colonial Country Club in Memphis was the venue from 1958-71.

Al Geiberger became the first player to shoot 59 in PGA Tour history back in 1977 at this event. At that same event in 1977, President Gerald Ford made a hole-in-one during the celebrity pro-am. Hal Sutton owns the record for the biggest comeback in tournament history when he came from eight back to win the event in 1985. Dave Hill (4), Trevino (3), Price (2), Toms (2) and Leonard (2) are the only multiple winners of the tournament.

There have been three double-eagles made in tournament history. Bob Duden made the first back in 1964, followed by Phil Blackmar in 1990. The final double- eagle was made by Bill Glasson during the first round of the 2000 tournament on the fifth hole.

The beneficiary of the tournament's proceeds is the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The tournament has raised more than $23 million for St. Jude since the hospital became the sole beneficiary in 1970.

The PGA Tour, in conjunction with the USGA, moves to California next week for the second major championship of the year, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, where Lucas Glover will defend his title and try for his second major championship win.

06/08 15:59:37 ET

As of June 8, 2010, at 03:59 PM ET

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