Money talks on the PGA Tour and when it is Federal Express, it’s the loudest voice in the room.
FedEx foots the bill for the wallet-padding FedEx Cup Championship and the FedEx Cup and that’s a huge number.
This week the PGA Tour rewarded it’s rich uncle by kicking iconic Firestone Country Club to the curb. Firestone, a staple on the PGA Tour for what seems like forever, is no more starting in 2019.
That WGC event will be awarded to Memphis, home of Federal Express and the event will be the WGC St. Jude Invitational.
In place of the WGC-Bridgestone, the PGA Tour threw a bone to Akron and gave them an old guys outing with a Champions Tour event — hoorah!
This is part of the shuffling of events for the 2019 tour schedule that is soon to be released.
The WGC St. Jude Invitational will be played sometime after the final major, most likely in early August when the weather is pure misery in Memphis — hot, humid and a major chance of rain.
So there you have it.
No more Firestone. An iconic setting made famous in the 60s when they staged the “Big Three” matches there with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Especially on the PGA Tour.