MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The FedEx St. Jude Invitational World Golf Championship celebrations began Tuesday, two days before the golf action on the green.
PGA Tour players Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris received bespoke golf shoes from two St. Jude patients.
Nate and Calvin helped design the shoes with some of their favorite things. The artwork, designed by the patients in collaboration with FootJoy-sponsored PGA athletes, was then commissioned by Memphis artist Jamond Bullock.
Tuesday was the first day players could see the shoes they will wear each day during the tournament.
“Last year was a perfect example. I mean, Justin Thomas started the last round about three shots back. He wore these custom made shoes from Nate and now he’s our champion. We’ve talked a lot over the years, there are a lot of St. Jude moments and it seems like these players have the opportunity to interact with St. Jude. Then they have a great week and I think this is just a St. Jude moment. Just really, really special, ”said Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
FedEx helped deliver the shoes with some of its brand new technologies, including an autonomous delivery robot and its e-pallet technology, which helps improve efficiency and ease the burden on couriers.
The golf action with some players in their bespoke shoes starts Thursday morning.
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