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Lee Westwood gets into Memphis tourney after all

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Lee Westwood. One of the finest golfers in the game. Right there in the mix at the 2010 Masters, the last man out before the two dramatic playoffs in the 2009 British Open and the 2008 U.S. Open.

Apparently, that wasn't quite good enough for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, which took a little more time than Westwood expected in approving his application.

Westwood is not a PGA Tour member but nonetheless has had little trouble getting into most tournaments. When you're one of the best in the world, that's generally how it goes. However, Westwood is also sponsored by UPS. Why's that a big deal? Well, FedEx has had a long relationship with the St. Jude Classic and you can imagine why they wouldn't be thrilled about welcoming in the world's No. 4 golfer, one who could very well be hoisting the trophy Sunday with a huge UPS logo. (Westwood outfits himself with ads like a NASCAR driver.)

St. Jude officials said that Westwood had only sought the exemption last week and that a dozen players could have been in line for the spot. But unless the rest of those dozen were Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Happy Gilmore, Roy McAvoy, Ty Webb, Matt Damon from that Bagger Vance flick and Elvis (this is Memphis, after all), well, there's not much excuse for adding in Westwood.

Especially since John Daly is already in.

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