WGC Bridgestone Invitational
August 1-5, 2018
Firestone Country Club (South Course)
The World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational is an annual golfing tournament sponsored by the International Federation of PGA Tours and hosted by the Firestone Country Club, in Akron, Ohio.
The Bridgestone Invitational began in 1962 as a four-man tournament that was known then as the World Series of Golf. Always a popular stop on the PGA Tour, the tournament continued as the NEC World Series of Golf in the 1980s, finally debuting as the Bridgestone Invitational in 1999. All but one Bridgestone Invitational has been played at Firestone Country Club.
The Bridgestone Invitational annually draws one of strongest fields of the year with players traveling from all corners of the globe to Firestone Country Club. Every year game’s greatest stars converge in Akron to vie for the Bridgestone Invitational title, but the true winners of the event are local charities. The Bridgestone Invitational annually donates more than $800,000 to charities throughout Northeast Ohio.
Firestone Country Club
In 1929, Harvey Firestone authorized the construction of the Firestone Country Club for his employees at the Firestone Rubber and Tire Company. The club is located in Akron, Ohio, and today consists of three separate golf courses.
In 1954, the first professional tournament occurred at the Firestone Country Club. Known as the Rubber City Open, this tournament lasted until 1960, when the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship occurred at the club. The PGA has held its championship at the Firestone Country Club in 1960, 1966, and 1975. Beginning in 1961, the American Golf Classic took place at Firestone. This tournament remained at the club until 1976. In 1962, the World of Series of Golf began to hold an event at the Firestone Country Club. By 1976, this tournament had evolved into one of the leading competitions on the PGA tour schedule. This event ended in 1998.
In 1999, PGA officials introduced a new international tournament at Firestone known as the World Series of Golf’s WSG-NEC Invitational. The International Federation of PGA Tours organizes and sanctions the event. The tournament left Firestone in 2002, but returned in 2003. In 2006, Bridgestone became the tournament’s sponsor and the named was changed to the WGC – Bridgestone International.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational Results and Winners
2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Hideki Matsuyama went on the road four years ago when he saw Tiger Woods tear Firestone Country Club on his way to a 61 in the second round, which matched the record of the South field and sent Woods to a seven- Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Dustin Johnson backed up his first major championship win two weeks ago with his third WGC title, taking the Bridgestone Invitational from Jason Day with an all-world Sunday 66.
2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Shane Lowry is an Irish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and PGA Tour. His notable achievements include winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, winning the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone
2014 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks
2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Tiger Woods took the lead at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots in round two, maintained the margin at the end of play Saturday and, with an even-par 70, Sunday finished the same seven ahead plus the victory at Firestone CC at Akron.
2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Keegan Bradley wzs at six shots back with only 13 holes left, pulled off a stunning victory over crest-fallen Jim Furyk at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Adam Scott walked toward the 18th green to complete a command performance at 2011 Bridgestone Invitational to win his first World Golf Championship. Scott chipped in from the side of the 12th green, then rolled in a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on the 14th to build a three-shot lead.
2010 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winner
Hunter Mahan of the USA produced an excellent final round of 64 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two shots from countryman Ryan Palmer. Mahan beat World Number 1 Tiger Woods by 30 shots. Mahan picked up another shot at the 13th hole before scrambling a par on the 17th hole after a stray drive and holding his nerve at the last with an iron approach shot to 12 feet from the cup.
WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winners
|2017||Hideki Matsuyama||United States||264 (-12)|
|2016||Dustin Johnson||United States||274 (-12)|
|2015||Shane Lowry||United States||269 (-12)|
|2014||Rory McIlroy||United States||265 (-12)|
|2013||Tiger Woods||United States||265 (-12)|
|2012||Keegan Bradley||United States||267 (-12)|
|2011||Adam Scott||United States||263 (-12)|
|2010||Hunter Mahan||United States||269 (-12)|
|2009||Tiger Woods (7)||United States||268 (-12)|
|2008||Vijay Singh||Fiji||270 (-10)|
|2007||Tiger Woods (6)||United States||272 (-8)|
|2006||Tiger Woods (5)||United States||270 (-10) PO|
|2005||Tiger Woods (4)||United States||274 (-6)|
|2004||Stewart Cink||United States||269 (-11)|
|2003||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||268 (-12)|
|2002||Craig Parry||Australia||268 (-16)|
|2001||Tiger Woods (3)||United States||268 (-12) PO|
|2000||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||259 (-21)|
|1999||Tiger Woods||United States||270 (-10)|