This week marks the third World Golf Championship event of the season, and it is going to be a good one. 76 of the worlds top players will be in the field for this years Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The format for the Bridgestone Invitational field features members of the last Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup teams (in this circumstance it will be the 2013 Presidents Cup team). It will also feature players in the top 50 on the official World Golf Ranking (missing only Dustin Johnson, who withdrew yesterday), tournment winners of worldwide events since the previous year’s tournament with an OWGR strength of field rating of 115 points or more, and the winner of one selected tournament from each of the PGA Tour of Australia, Sunshine tour and Asian tour and two selected tournaments from the Japan Golf Tour. What does that all mean? The easiest way to explain it would be to think of the event like an all-star game, where the world’s best golfers come together and golf their collective faces off.
The course itself is rich with tradition. Firestone Country Club was founded in 1929 as a park for employees of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. The course was redesigned by famed golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones in 1960. Since then, the PGA Championship has been held there three times, which included Jack Nicklaus’ 1975 comeback win.
Needless to say, the Bridgestone Invitational field has a myriad of top named golfers from Tiger Woods to recent Open winner, Rory McIlroy, to world number one, Adam Scott, and a one time dominant Martin Kaymer who has been struggling of late. It should be an exciting tournament to watch. Last years winner, Tiger Woods is back in action since he finished in a disappointing 69th place at the Open. Woods has won eight times at Firestone Country Club, and also holds the tournament record shooting a -21 back in 2000. One of his most memorable moments, “The Shot in The Dark,” also took place during his 2000 victory. Tiger has basically been a dominant force when it comes to this WGC event, and you can bet that the main story line will put Tiger and Rory – is it too early to coin the phrase ‘Nike then and now?’ – squarely in the spotlight.
Make sure to tune in this week as all-stars clash one more time before the season’s final major.