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An invitation for fame

WGC Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio), August 2 to 5

WGC Bridgestone InvitationalIn the world of professional golf, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational is one of the top tournaments. Qualifying for the tournament in Akron, Ohio (US) is an achievement in itself, winning will make history. From August 2 to 5, the South Course of magnificent Firestone Country Club will attract the best golfers from all over the world. Tens of thousands of fans will be present to crown the winner of this $ 8.5 million tournament.

Only the best and most successful players of several tours get invited to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The top 50 players of the Official World Golf Ranking qualify to play, together with the playing members of 2010’s European and American Ryder Cup teams and winners of Japan, Australasian, Southern Africa and Asian Tours. 

Gather the best golfers

The World Golf Championships began 13 years ago in an effort to gather the world's best golfers together more often. In 1996, golf's five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour – reached an agreement to create new international events. They formed the International Federation of PGA Tours to develop these ‘significant tournaments’. The Bridgestone Invitational is one of these great events, that in 2011 was won by Adam Scott, beating Luke Donald and Ricky Fowler by four shots. 

Success for Tiger

In Akron, 45 minutes south of Cleveland, Tiger Woods has been very successful. He is the only player to win the same event for three consecutive years on two different occasions, having won the event in 1999, 2000 and 2001, then in 2005, 2006 and 2007. 

The South Course of the Firestone Country Club provides a challenging test for the best players in the world. The course was originally designed by Bert Way in 1929 and redesigned in Robert Trent Jones in 1960. The course was designed from the start to be championship level. It has been the host of over 70 professional tournaments. 

‘The Monster’

It was Arnold Palmer who first gave the sixteenth hole of the South Course its nickname – ‘The Monster’ – after scoring a triple-bogey during the first PGA Championship held at the course. This 16th (667 yards, par 5) is the signature hole at Firestone, with a creek and a pond providing difficulties. An extension of the tee now brings the bunkers into play. The name for this hole stayed and struck such a chord with frustrated golfers; now the entire South course is known fondly as ‘The Monster’.

Hole 16 may be notorious, but the fourth hole (471 yards, par 4) is the most difficult hole on the course. As the Firestone Country Club warns on its website: “An accurate tee shot is required to hit the right-to-left, sloping fairway. The second shot must come in high to hold the elevated green. Par is a good score for this hole.”

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