Originally denied his request for a sponsor exemption in the St. Jude Classic the week before the U.S. Open, Lee Westwood has now received one in the aftermath of a flap he created with a simple gesture.
Westwood, the No. 4-ranked player in the world, was asked earlier this week why the St. Jude Classic failed to provide a sponsor exemption. He pointed to a UPS logo on his shirt. The St. Jude Classic has long had an association with UPS' rival FedEx, which was the presenting sponsor in 2009 and the title sponsor from 1986 to 2006.
"He's happy and we're happy," St. Jude Classic tournament director Phil Cannon told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "He's very grateful. Our friends at FedEx want to make it clear they have no say in the matter and they would welcome Lee in the field. So we'll call an end to this little hiccup and go on."
-- John Strege