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Tiger Woods not playing in Memphis' WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Commercial Appeal Memphis logo Commercial Appeal Memphis 7/19/2019 David Cobb
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The best field of professional golfers to ever play in Memphis will not include Tiger Woods.

Next week's inaugural World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind will go on without golf's biggest name after Woods said Friday that he is going to take a couple of weeks off to get ready for the FedExCup playoffs.

Woods' decision to skip Memphis came after he finished his second round at the British Open behind the projected cut line while battling soreness.

He has never played another professional event the week after the British Open and has been open recently about the limitations of his surgically repaired knees and back.

Tiger Woods brushing his teeth: Tiger Woods of the United States listens to a question from the media during a press conference ahead of the start of the British Open golf championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The British Open starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Tiger Woods of the United States listens to a question from the media during a press conference ahead of the start of the British Open golf championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The British Open starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The 43-year-old 15-time major champion has prioritized WGC events in the past. But Woods is unfamiliar with TPC Southwind and has never played the Memphis stop on the PGA tour.

Even without Woods, the event is still expected to showcase Memphis and its golf scene to the world as the city hosts a WGC event for the first time.

Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are among a list of stars committed to play. In total, 47 of the world's top 50 players are committed to the event.

The previous high for a FedEx St. Jude Classic field was 16 of the world's top 50 players.

"There's a lot to like about the field," tournament director Darrell Smith said Thursday at a tournament preview event.

Reach David Cobb at david.cobb@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @DavidWCobb.

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