FedEx St. Jude Classic 2012 Preview: 18-Year Old Cody Proveaux Takes On PGA Pros

SCIACCA, ITALY - MARCH 30: John Daly of USA watches a shot during the second round of the Sicilian Open at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort on March 30, 2012 in Sciacca, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic tees off Thursday at 7 a.m. ET and features the likes of John Daly, Rory McIlroy and 18-year old Cody Proveaux.

The 55th annual FedEx St. Jude Classic tees off on Thursday at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. It's one of the longest running PGA Tour stops and has been won by some of golf's greatest, such as Jack Nicklaus, Hal Sutton, Fred Couples, Gary Player, Greg Norman and defending champion Harrison Frazar.

The purse for the tournament is $5.6 million, with the winner taking home $1,008,000. The Classic has benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 1970, donating over $25 million to the hospital.

The 2012 iteration of the tournament features some of the biggest names in golf, including John Daly, Tim Clark, David Duval, Rory McIlroy and Davis Love III. It will also include 18-year-old golfer Cody Proveaux, who has a roster exception for the tournament and gets to compete against some PGA Tour professionals.

The action begins Thursday at 7 a.m. ET.

For all news and information regarding the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic, please visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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