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T-70 days until the best in the world arrive
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational hot sheet offers updates from the PGA TOUR and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the final World Golf Championships event of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season played this year at Firestone Country Club’s South Course, August 1-5.
The 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational marks the 65th consecutive year of professional golf at Firestone Country Club. Beginning with Tommy Bolt (best name ever, right?), who won the 1954 Rubber City Open, Firestone has delivered its fair share of jaw-dropping moments over the years.
What else was happening in the U.S. in 1954? Well, they had just broken ground at DisneyLand, the first-ever color TV commercial was aired in NYC and Sports Illustrated produced their first issue. We’ve come a long way.
But seriously, it’s no coincidence they’ve been hitting that little white ball around the South Course for 65 years. It’s a venue that’s iconic to PGA TOUR players past and present, and the legends of the game have all won at Firestone. We’ll just stick to first names here… Jack, Gary, Arnold, Phil, Tiger.
Speaking of the Big Cat...
We do. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, Tiger Woods has been finding fairways (you read that right), holing putts and contending on the PGA TOUR once again.
To answer your question, no, he’s not qualified for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational…yet.
Currently No. 82 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Tiger needs to reach the top 50 by either July 23rd or 30th to punch his ticket to Akron. Or he could just do the thing he’s already done 79 times on the PGA TOUR…WIN.
Tiger has already commented on how qualifying for Akron is a big goal for the remainder of his season. He’s hungry for a ninth title and for more moments like this at Firestone.
While we’re on the topic of legends, everyone’s favorite voice has been named the 2018 Ambassador of Golf. That’s right, ICYMI, Jim Nantz will make his way down from his tower at 18 and be honored inside Firestone’s clubhouse on Wednesday, Aug. 1 for an evening filled with laughs, stories and plenty of emotions to go around.
“I truly consider this to be one of the greatest honors of my career,” Nantz said. “There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude for this recognition."
But why read his words when you can listen to the magical voice yourself.
The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational’s new upgraded hospitality venue, the ULTRA Club, will be located near the 16th green and promises to be THE place to watch golf during tournament week. ULTRA Club tickets can be purchased on a daily and weekly basis.
For those enthusiasts looking to up their game while on site at Firestone, the all-new ULTRA Club has it all. With a FREE Mich ULTRA upon arrival, one of the best views on the course at the longest par-5 on the PGA TOUR dubbed “The Monster”, upgraded food and beverages and televisions to keep up with the broadcast, fans won’t have any reason to leave.
OK fine, Swensons is less than 100 yards away. We all need our Galley Boys.
Let’s face it, the young guns on TOUR have just about taken over. Want more proof? How about Aaron Wise winning the AT&T Byron Nelson by four strokes in Dallas for his first PGA TOUR victory at the ripe age of…wait for it…21.
Nearly two years ago to the day, Wise was quacking with the rest of his teammates after leading the Oregon Ducks to an NCAA Championship. It was a week that was twice as sweet after Wise took home the individual title as well.
A few months later, the new professional won in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada to vault to the Web.com Tour. Eight starts later, another win for Wise to secure a trip to the PGA TOUR.
All this kid does is win, win, win no matter what. And now he’ll get his first shot to add a World Golf Championships title to an already sterling resume.
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