The WGC (World Golf Championships) Bridgestone Invitational is a professional golf tournament and is held on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The inaugural event was held in 1962. It was known then as the ‘World Series of Golf’ and was sponsored by NEC. While it wasn’t a big tournament in the beginning, it still attracted the ‘Big Three’ of the golfing world (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player).
The Bridgestone Invitational is a stroke play tournament and offers a total of $8.75 million in prize money. It was founded as a four-man invitational event for the winners of the four major championships competing in a 36-hole contest. It remained that way until 1999, when it became part of the PGA Tour and changed its name to the WGC-NEC Invitational. In 2006, the sponsorship of the tournament changed, with Bridgestone taking over from NEC as the official sponsor.
Many great names have taken home the trophy over the years. During the original World Series days, the tournament was dominated by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who won the event four and three times respectively between 1962 and 1975. From 1976 to 1998, it was American Craig Stadler and Australia’s Greg ‘the Shark’ Norman who claimed the most victories, lifting the trophy on two occasions each. In more recent times, Tiger Woods has been at the high achiever in Ohio, winning the tournament a record eight times.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2015||SHANE LOWRY||BUBBA WATSON||2 STROKES|
|2014||RORY MCILROY||SERGIO GARCIA||2 STROKES|
|2013||TIGER WOODS||KEEGAN BRADLEY & HENRIK STENSON||7 STROKES|
|2012||KEEGAN BRADLEY||JIM FURYK & STEVE STRICKER||1 STROKE|
|2011||ADAM SCOTT||LUKE DONALD & RICKIE FOWLER||4 STROKES|
|2010||HUNTER MAHAN||RYAN PALMER||2 STROKES|
|2009||TIGER WOODS||ROBERT ALLENBY & PADRAIG HARRINGTON||4 STROKES|
|2008||VIJAY SINGH||STUART APPLEBY & LEE WESTWOOD||1 STROKE|
|2007||TIGER WOODS||JUSTIN ROSE & RORY SABBATINI||8 STROKES|
|2006||TIGER WOODS||STEWART CINK||PLAYOFF|
|2005||TIGER WOODS||CHRIS DIMARCO||1 STROKE|