All of the world hasn’t gathered in London. The part involving the highest reaches of professional golf has returned to Akron for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at the South Course of Firestone Country Club. Excuse us if we lose sight the next few days of swimming and gymnastics moving into track and field, not to mention the continuation of soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis.
This week always is a favorite of the summer, so many at Firestone at their best, starting with the team preparing the old course, the result challenging yet rewarding, the ultimate fair test.
The excellence includes Bridgestone itself, the club as the host, the army of volunteers and the generous reward to the region, the roughly $1 million going to the Northern Ohio Golf Charities.
Yet the reason so many make their way to Firestone for the tournament is the quality of those actually striking the ball. Rare is the opportunity to see a game played at a level unmatched anywhere, at least on this planet. What does the PGA like to say? These guys are good.
The tournament is another chapter in a compelling story line, about this championship and the game itself. See Tiger Woods as a leading character, of course, so successful here and his game returning to a familiar and captivating form. And then there are the younger players emerging, the Rory McIlroys and Rickie Fowlers. That is, until a fortysomething Ernie Els returns to glory. Can’t wait to see how it develops and ends.