Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The St. Jude Championship took a big hit when it lost it's title sponsor, Stanford Financial, earlier this year because of an alleged fraud scandal, but the buzz is back due to the return of two of golf's most popular players — John Daly and Phil Mickelson.Daly is coming back to play in the United States for the first time since his six-month suspension from the PGA Tour was lifted. He's had a successful European Tour swing, which included a runner-up finish at the Italian Open and two other made cuts. Daly wants to show people he's got his life on track, and that after several seasons of being the PGA Tour's sideshow, he can compete. What he's looking to avoid is controversy. Remember, it was the PGA Tour event in Memphis in 2007 when he showed up with scratch marks on his face after his then-wife allegedly attacked him with a knife.Phil Mickelson is coming to the St. Jude Championship after leaving the PGA Tour to be with his wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in mid-May.Mickelson has been one of the most beloved golfers on Tour for years, and Saturday's "Pink Out" at Colonial showed just how much his wife Amy was on the minds of both players and fans in Ft. Worth.Although the tournament lacks a title sponsor and won't have Tiger Woods in the field, the St. Jude Championship has just become one of the marquee events of the season.Follow David Dusek on Twitter.

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