In Memoriam
July 30, 2020

Here's why PGA Tour pros are wearing rainbow ribbons at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

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Keyur Khamar

Fans watching the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational this week at TPC Southwind in Memphis will notice players, caddies and staff wearing a rainbow ribbon.

The reason is a tragic one. The ribbons are in honor of PGA Tour winner Camillo Villegas’ daughter, Mia, who died of cancer earlier over the weekend. She was 22 months old and had been battling tumors on both her brain and spine. Mia loved rainbows, according to a tweet from the PGA Tour.

The gesture is in keeping with the theme this week’s tournament—the fight against diseases that impact children. The main charitable beneficiary of this week’s tournament is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Per the PGA Tour’s website: “Thanks to the support of events like the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

Players, caddies and staff at the Tour’s opposite-field event this week, the Barracuda Championship, will also be wearing the rainbow ribbons.