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 original five-year sponsorship agreement, the event continues to be held at its traditional site of the Firestone Country Club
in Akron, Ohio
; the sponsorship has now been extended to 2014.
The WGC-NEC/Bridgestone Invitational
The current event has a field of about 75 players, roughly half the the number for a standard professional golf event. Invitations are issued to the following:
From 1999 to 2001, only the Ryder Cup and... Read More