The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour. The event, sponsored by NEC through 2005 and known as the WGC-NEC Invitational, was established in 1999 as a successor to the World Series of Golf, which was also sponsored by NEC.
The tournament changed sponsorship in 2006, with Bridgestone taking over from NEC as title sponsor. As a part of the five-year sponsorship agreement, the event will continue to be held at its traditional site of the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
From 1999 to 2001, only the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams were eligible and the fields were about 40 players.
All of the events up to 2005 were held in the United States, all of them except the 2002 edition at Firestone Country Club.
The most frequently shown finish in the event's history occurred in 2000, when the final round was delayed and Tiger Woods capped a record 11-stroke win by sticking his approach on the final hole to within 2 feet in near-total darkness. As his arms rose in victory, he was immediately illuminated by dozens of camera flashes from the gallery and press around the green.
|NEC World Series of Golf|
|1994||José María Olazábal|
|1990||José María Olazábal|
|World Series of Golf|
Collated first round scores in the WGc Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio (USA unless stated, par 70):
Aug 05, 2011; Collated first round scores in the WGc Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio (USA unless stated, par 70): 62 Adam...