FedEx St. Jude Classic workers and fans compete with the Memphis heat

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than 150 golfers participate in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at Southwind.

People came from everywhere to see them play.

The heat’s not nearly as bad as it’s been in past years, but fans and workers said that was of little comfort.

It was still hot.

“Yeah, it’s pretty hot. There is a little breeze that helps a little bit but the temperatures are rising,” said Chuck Wilkinson, who was watching the tournament.

Even the event staff said it’s a struggle to compete with the heat.

Maddie McMillan, who was directing traffic, said she’s thankful for any breeze that comes her way.

“We’re trying to find as much shade as possible and then we’ve been getting water every 30 minutes or so. Everyone brings around water bottles and Gatorade to replenish ourselves,” she said.

Some people came from Illinois, to watch some of their favorite golfers compete.

Wilkinson said he comes every year, but this was his first year bringing his son Danny.

They made sure to protect themselves.

“Just drink plenty of water out here. It’s just been kind of warmer than usual,” Danny Wilkinson said.

Others said they were not surprised it was so hot.

They were expecting warmer temps.

“It’s actually not that bad yet because I started at 5:30 in the morning. It’s pretty cool then, and then there’s been a breeze the past few days,” McMillan stated.

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