The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational’s history is rooted in Akron

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which runs from Aug. 3-6 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, has for many years been considered one of the key late-year tournaments in the PGA season.

“There’s a lot of history here at Firestone,” says Don Padgett III, executive director of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “If you look at who has won at Firestone, the best of the best always come to the top. It means a lot for the players to win here because they think so much of the golf course, but also because of the winners that came before them — Arnold Palmer has won here three times, Jack Nicklaus has seven victories here, Gary Player is a past champion — each generation it seems that the best player always wins at Bridgestone.”

Being a world championship event, it’s one of the tournaments on the top of the players’ list to win, he says. Only qualified players are invited, so they have to be one of the best of the best to get in to the tournament. Winners walk away knowing they’ve beaten the strongest fields in golf.

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