Defending champion Dustin Johnson, 2012 FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker, and Ryder Cup sensation Ian Poulter comprise a highly-regarded contingent of PGA TOUR winners who have committed to play in June's FedEx St. Jude Classic.
FESJC officials were delighted to receive the threesome of well-known players - two of whom have won on TOUR this year and the other one of the world's most-accomplished match-play performers.
"These three players are superstars on the PGA TOUR and their commitments get us off to a great start," said FESJC Tournament Director Phil Cannon. "We are close on several other big names, so it looks like we'll have another strong field."
Johnson arrived at Southwind last year having never seen the course, and left wearing a Seersucker jacket as the winner of the $5.6 million championship. Although rusty after being sidelined several months because of a back injury, the power-hitter was steady all week and won by one shot after closing with a 4-under-par 66 for 271.
Johnson, a former star at Coastal Carolina, opened the 2013 season with a victory - the seventh of his career - at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui. Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods to win in six consecutive years straight out of college (2008-2013). He trails only Phil Mickelson (nine) for the current streak of consecutive years with a victory.
Tennessee native Snedeker, who grew up in Nashville and was a collegiate star at Vanderbilt University, finished the 2012 season with a victory at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The win propelled him to the FedEx Cup title. Earlier this year, Snedeker added his sixth TOUR victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. And he is second in FedExCup points this season with four other top-10 finishes.
England's Poulter, who is also known for colorful hair styles and flashy clothing, has been a fiery, dominating and inspirational force in match play events. Poulter went 4-0 to lead the European team to victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and he won the 2010 World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship. He is playing in only his second Memphis event after missing the cut in 2010.
The $5.7 million FESJC is June 3-9 at TPC Southwind.