The writing on the wall continues to point toward the Bridgestone Invitational’s exit from Firestone Country Club following this year’s event, but there is now a report that a plan is in place for Akron’s renowned golf course in 2019.

According to John Feinstein, a best-selling author and a contributor to both the Golf Channel and PGA Tour Radio, the PGA Senior Players Championship is set to replace the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, at least for 2019.

Feinstein’s tweet as it relates to Firestone, in full, read: “Being told that Akron — Firestone — will get PGA Senior Players in 2019 after Bridgestone pulls out following this year’s tournament.”

The latter part of that tweet signifies the driving force behind all of this. In news that was also broken by Feinstein in November, it was reported that a series of moves could be in motion that would potentially leave Firestone Country Club “hanging” without a sponsor, tournament or a tour date.

It is a perfect storm of interests from the PGA Tour and some of its marquee sponsors. As Feinstein said then, the PGA Tour wants to rearrange its schedule to allow the FedEx Cup Playoffs to take place earlier in the year — so as to not be in direct competition with the NFL — and to alleviate issues that could come up with the Olympics every four years.

Then come the sponsorship interests, as Feinstein laid out. FedEx wants its tournament, the St. Jude Classic, to become a World Golf Championships event. That tournament could take over the date currently occupied by the Bridgestone Invitational on the PGA Tour schedule.

All of a sudden, if all goes to plan, Firestone is without its traditional tour date and sponsored tournament.

“I don’t want this to sound harsh, but the tour’s first priority is what the sponsors want, not what the players want or what the fans want,” Feinstein said in November. “It’s ‘keep your sponsors lined up, keep the money coming in.’ They do a lot of things that aren’t the best possible thing for golf because that’s what the sponsors want.”

Feinstein guessed at the time that “80 percent” of this was already done. It now appears as though one more piece to the puzzle is in place, that being the tournament that comes to Firestone, at least in the first year without Bridgestone.

In the past several years, the PGA Senior Players Championship has taken place during different weekends in June or July. It also has been played at a variety of golf courses and hasn’t been tied to a single location.

One major question as these moves potentially materialize will be the economic impact. Some studies have indicated the local economic impact of the Bridgestone Invitational to be as high as $30 million, with as many as 300 million households and 140 countries watching the Akron event. The 2016 tournament raised more than $1 million for 38 local charities.

The PGA Senior Players Championship is a significant tournament on its schedule, but the PGA Tour Champions normally doesn’t draw as well as the PGA Tour events. The Bridgestone Invitational had a large following in part because of its standing as a World Golf Championships event and as a tournament boasting a normally loaded field.

Don Padgett III, executive director of the Bridgestone Invitational, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment for this story.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ.