By virtue of his British Open championship, Darren Clarke will return to Firestone Country Club for the $8.5 million Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 4-7.
Clarke won the World Golf Championships event in 2003 in Akron, along with the 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He’s qualified for every Bridgestone Invitational except for 2010.
The 42-year-old from Northern Ireland will be playing in his 27th World Golf Championships event.
The field will be finalized with players who are ranked in the world’s top 50 as of Ju;y 25 and/or Aug. 1. Among those on the bubble are Ben Crane, Anthony Kim, Webb Simpson and Ryo Ishikawa.