WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Dustin Johnson with the trophy after winning the 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational champion Dustin Johnson. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The WGC Bridgestone Invitational began its life known as the World Series of Golf, but in 1999 became part of the World Golf Championships series. It is permanently housed at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.

2018 Tournament

  • When: Aug. 2-5
  • Where: Firestone Country Club (South Course) in Akron, Ohio

2017 Bridgestone Invitational
If you're trying to win a golf tournament, shooting 61 in the final round is a great way to do it.

And that's just what Hideki Matsuyama did, tying the tournament's 18-hole scoring record en route to a 5-stroke victory. Zach Johnson was the distant runner-up. It was Matsuyama's second PGA Tour win of the year and fifth of his career.

2016 Tournament
Two weeks after winning the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson followed up with his first WGC win. Johnson finished at 6-under 274 after shooting 66 in the final round. That moved him up from fourth to first, and by third-round leader Scott Piercy. Piercy shot 70 on the last day and finished one behind, in solo second.

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WGC Bridgestone Invitational Records:

  • 72 holes: 259 - Tiger Woods, 2000
  • 18 holes: 61 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 1990; Tiger Woods, 2000; Tiger Woods, 2013; Sergio Garcia, 2014; Hideki Matsuyama, 2017

WGC Bridgestone Invitational Courses:

Since it became an official PGA Tour event in 1976, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational has been played on the South Course at Firestone Country Club, in Akron, Ohio, every year but one.

In 2002, as a WGC tournament, this event was played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational Trivia and Notes:

  • This tournament had its beginnings in 1962 at the four-person, two-round exhibition called the World Series of Golf. The WSOG was similar to today's PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In 1976, the World Series of Golf expanded to a full-field, four-round tournament and joined the PGA Tour as an official event.
  • Jack Nicklaus won the unofficial version of the World Series of Golf four times, including the first year it was played. He also won the official PGA Tour World Series of Golf the first year it was played, in 1976.
  • Tiger Woods has won this event eight times. Only Greg Norman (1995, 1997) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1990, 1994) also have multiple wins.
  • Woods won three in a row from 1999-2001, then three in a row again in 2005-07. He is the only player in PGA Tour history to win the same tournament three times in a row on two different occasions.
  • Two of Woods' wins were in lengthy playoffs. In 2001, he beat Jim Furyk in a 7-hole playoff; in 2006, he defeated Stewart Cink in a 4-hole playoff.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational Winners:

(p-playoff)

WGC Bridgestone Invitational
2017 - Hideki Matsuyama, 264
2016 - Dustin Johnson, 274
2015 - Shane Lowry, 269
2014 - Rory McIlroy, 265
2013 - Tiger Woods, 265
2012 - Keegan Bradley, 267
2011 - Adam Scott, 263
2010 - Hunter Mahan, 268
2009 - Tiger Woods, 268
2008 - Vijay Singh, 270
2007 - Tiger Woods, 272
2006 - Tiger Woods-p, 270

WGC NEC Invitational
2005 - Tiger Woods, 274
2004 - Stewart Cink, 269
2003 - Darren Clarke, 268
2002 - Craig Parry, 268
2001 - Tiger Woods-p, 268
2000 - Tiger Woods, 259
1999 - Tiger Woods, 270

NEC World Series of Golf
1998 - David Duval, 269
1997 - Greg Norman, 273
1996 - Phil Mickelson, 274
1995 - Greg Norman-p, 278
1994 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 269
1993 - Fulton Allem, 270
1992 - Craig Stadler, 273
1991 - Tom Purtzer-p, 279
1990 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 262
1989 - David Frost-p, 276
1988 - Mike Reid-p, 275
1987 - Curtis Strange, 275
1986 - Dan Pohl, 277
1985 - Roger Maltbie, 268
1984 - Denis Watson, 271

World Series of Golf
1983 - Nick Price, 270
1982 - Craig Stadler-p, 278
1981 - Bill Rogers, 275
1980 - Tom Watson, 270
1979 - Lon Hinkle, 272
1978 - Gil Morgan-p, 278
1977 - Lanny Wadkins, 267
1976 - Jack Nicklaus, 275

Note: Tournaments prior to 1976 were unofficial events
1975 - Tom Watson, 140
1974 - Lee Trevino, 139
1973 - Tom Weiskopf, 137
1972 - Gary Player, 142
1971 - Charles Coody, 141
1970 - Jack Nicklaus, 136
1969 - Orville Moody, 141
1968 - Gary Player, 143
1967 - Jack Nicklaus, 144
1966 - Gene Littler, 143
1965 - Gary Player, 139
1964 - Tony Lema, 138
1963 - Jack Nicklaus, 140
1962 - Jack Nicklaus, 135