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Revamped 2016 PGA Tour schedule sets Bridgestone Invitational for June 30-July 3

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 30, 2015

Northeast Ohio fans of professional golf and the NBA may not have a conflict in 2016, unless the NBA dramatically pushes back the start of the post-season.

The PGA Tour released its schedule for 2015-16 Thursday and next year's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was set for June 30-July 3 at Firestone Country Club. According to the tour, the event will move back to its traditional date in 2017.

The schedule needed revision because of golf's return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 72-hole Olympic stroke-play competition will include 60 men's and 60 women's players. The men's event will be Aug. 11-14.

"All associated with the game are excited to see golf return as an Olympic sport in 2016,” Don Padgett, executive director of the Bridgestone Invitational, said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating the fact that the Games are a year away at this year’s tournament and know that in 2016, our fans, sponsors and players will enjoy being at Firestone Country Club from June 29-July 3. Firestone Country Club is traditionally one of the favorite stops for the world’s best players each year. We know that the staff at Firestone will have the golf course in pristine condition a few weeks earlier than normal.”

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Defending champion Rory McIlroy withdraws from next week's Bridgestone Invitational

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 29, 2015

Rory McIlroy has already missed defending his British Open title on a St. Andrews course that is special to him. Now an ankle injury he suffered playing soccer with friends will rob the world's No. 1 player of a chance to record back-to-back victories in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at another venue he cherishes.

McIlroy announced through the PGA Tour Wednesday morning that he was withdrawing from next week's $9.25 million Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where he recorded a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia in 2014.

“Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title,” McIlroy said in a statement released by the tour. “Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.”

McIlroy has played in Akron since 2009. In his six appearances, he has recorded four top-10 finishes. Last year, McIlroy rated Firestone South No. 5 on his top 10 list of favorite courses in the world on Golf.com.

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Tiger Woods can still qualify for Bridgestone Invitational with win this weekend

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 28, 2015

Eight-time Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods has one last chance to get into next week's $9.25 million World Golf Championships event at Firestone Country Club.

Unfortunately considering the state of Woods' game, it may not be a realistic one.

The winner of this week's Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., will receive an invitation into the Bridgestone. Woods is hosting the Quicken Loans National, which benefits his foundation. He won the tournament in 2009 and 2012, both of those victories coming at Congressional Country Club.

"Well, kind of funny I won there a couple years ago. I think I won it eight times," he said of Firestone during his pre-tournament press conference Tuesday. "Unfortunately, I can't get an invite there unless I win. I might as well earn one this week and go out and get it done this week."

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Fast-starting Rory McIlroy wins Bridgestone, regains world's No. 1 ranking

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Rory McIlroy came from three shots behind Sergio Garcia at the start and won his first World Golf Championship on Sunday, taking the title in the $9 million Bridgestone Invitational by two shots over Garcia.

McIlroy, who captured his third major at the British Open two weeks ago, birdied the first three holes at Firestone Country Club to grab the lead as Garcia bogeyed No. 3.

"What I'm really proud of is following up the Open with a performance like this," McIlroy told CBS. "It's great to come to one of my favorite tournaments and perform like this."

The Northern Ireland-born McIlroy virtually won the tournament on the front nine, with birdies on four of the first five holes, against one bogey at No. 8. He needed only one birdie the rest of the way, at No. 11, to hold off Garcia.

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Video: Tiger Woods after re-injuring his back, withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

 

 

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on the ninth fairway in Sunday's final round at Firestone Country Club after re-injuring his back on the second hole.

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Tiger Woods reinjures back, withdraws from Bridgestone Invitational on 9th fairway

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on the ninth fairway in Sunday's final round at Firestone Country Club after reinjuring his back on the second hole.

Woods, an eight-time champion of the event, told a PGA Tour representative that the injury occurred on his second shot on No. 2 when he fell back into the bunker.

"I just jarred it and it's been spasming ever since," Woods said. "It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened."

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Bridgestone play to resume at noon; final group off at 3:20 p.m.

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2014

Play in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was suspended at 10:44 a.m., one minute before defending champion Tiger Woods was scheduled to tee off.

Water was beginning to puddle on Firestone Country Club's South Course due to steady rain.

At 11:02 a.m., players were brought back to the clubhouse so work could be done to the course.

The PGA Tour announced that play will resume at noon.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Jason Day withdraws during third round

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 2, 2014

Jason Day withdrew during the round this morning. The PGA announced that it was due to dizziness. Day was 6 over for the tournament.

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Bridgestone update: Sergio Garcia holds 3 shot leading going into Sunday

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 2, 2014

Sergio Garcia, who shot a course-record 61 on Friday, held on to the lead after the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia shot a 67 and is 14 under for the tournament.

There was a 3-plus hour rain delay at the course that went from 12:43 p.m. until 4 p.m. The final group of Garcia, Marc Leishman and Justin Rose had three holes remaining when the horn blew due to rain and thunder.

Garcia parred that the final three holes.

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Bridgestone Invitational: Sergio Garcia equals course record with 61

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2014

Sergio Garcia birdied seven consecutive holes coming home and eight of nine on the back nine to match the South Course record of 61 Friday in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Garcia holed 11 consecutive one-putts during his birdie binge and needed 23 putts for the round.

Tiger Woods shot 61 twice, in 2000 and 2013, along with Jose Maria Olazabal in 1990.

Garcia shot 27 on the back nine. With a total of 11-under par, Garcia leads Justin Rose by three shots going into Saturday's third round.

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