WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational to be played without fans

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational will look a little different this year after organizers announced fans will not be allowed at the event.

“The well-being of everyone involved with the event and our community remains our top priority this year, and while we had developed a robust health and safety plan that would include limited spectators, we ultimately felt it was best to host the event without spectators this year,” said Darrell Smith, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Executive Director. “These decisions are never easy, and we would like to thank the city of Memphis, Shelby County, FedEx and the TOUR for their collaboration. We are still very excited about showcasing the world’s best players and the City of Memphis to a global audience and continuing our mission of raising funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the event.”

The event was originally supposed to happen the first week of July, but was pushed back to July 30 through August 2 due to the pandemic.

Steven Geyer, general manager and brewer with Rock’n Dough Pizza and Brewery, says his business was looking forward to the FedEx St. Jude Invitational played right around the corner.

“We always see an uptick when the tournament around the corner here in Germantown,” Geyer said. “There’s always more people coming out to eat, either for lunch or after the tournament itself at night.”

Unfortunately, that won’t be the case this year thanks to COVID-19.

Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Tourism, says while tourism may be impacted, he’s not too worried.

“The national exposure to television, global television I might add, it’s just priceless. So, we’ll be fine,” Kane said.

Spectators who have already purchased tickets will be allowed to get a refund. For more information on refunds, click here.

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