Official play begins today in the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Players slated to play include Tiger Woods – who has already won the tournament seven times – Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Adam Scott.
Firestone Country Club has served as the site of the tournament since 1976. The tournament was originally called the World Series of Golf (1976-1998). In 1999, it became an official World Golf Championships event.
Firestone Country Club is home to a rich golf history. In 1915, Harvey Firestone purchased 1,000 acres of farmland south of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company factory as part of a plan to provide his employees and their families’ houses, schools, churches, a public park – all within proximity to work. He commissioned his landscape architect, Alling DeForest, to design a community. DeForest created the community around a public park shaped like the original Firestone emblem.
Today, the entire community is considered a historic landmark along with its Firestone Country Club, Firestone Stadium and Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Park.
Firestone's Rich Golf History:
- In 2010, the club marks its 57th consecutive year of tournament golf.
- Firestone is the only club to have hosted three nationally televised professional events in one year – 1974.
- Firestone has hosted three PGA Championships and is currently the home of the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.