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WGC Invitational
Tournament information
Location Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Established1999
Course(s) TPC Southwind
Par70
Length7,244 yards (6,624 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
( 19992015, 2017–)
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $10,000,000
8,210,000 (est.)
Month playedAugust
Tournament record score
Aggregate259 Tiger Woods ( 2000)
To par−21 Tiger Woods (2000)
Current champion
United States Justin Thomas
2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Memphis is located in the US
Memphis
Memphis
Location in the United States
TPC Southwind  is located in Tennessee
TPC Southwind 
TPC Southwind 
Location in Tennessee

The WGC Invitational (WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational starting in 2019) is a professional golf tournament, one of the annual World Golf Championships. It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and, except for the 2016 event, the European Tour. The event was established in 1999 as a successor to the World Series of Golf.


Sponsorship

From 1999 through 2005, the WGC Invitational was sponsored by NEC. NEC had also sponsored the World Series of Golf from 1984 to 1998. The tournament changed sponsorship in 2006, with Bridgestone taking over as title sponsor. As a part of the sponsorship agreement, the event continued to be held at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. In August 2013, the Bridgestone sponsorship was extended through 2018. [1]

The 2018 event was the last held in Akron. In 2019, FedEx became the title sponsor and relocated the tournament to Memphis, Tennessee. The 2019 event is scheduled to be held at TPC Southwind. [2] [3]

Venues

Prior to 2019 the event was hosted at the South Course of Firestone Country Club, with one exception. The 2002 event was played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. Beginning in 2019, the WGC Invitational will be held at TPC Southwind.

Qualifying Criteria

The current event has a field of about 75 players, roughly half the number for a standard professional golf event. Invitations are issued to the following:

From 1999 to 2001, only the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams were eligible and the field was about 40 players. Prior to 2011, both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams were eligible.

World Series of Golf

From 1976 through 1998, the PGA Tour event at Firestone Country Club was the "World Series of Golf," and was sponsored by NEC beginning in 1984. It was founded as a four-man invitational event in 1962, comprising the winners of the four major championships in a 36-hole event. [4] the competitors played in one group for $75,000 in unofficial prize money, televised by NBC.

In 1976, it became a 72-hole, $300,000 PGA Tour event and its field was initially expanded to twenty; [5] the victory and $100,000 winner's share went to Nicklaus. [6] The largest first prize at a major in 1976 was $45,000 at the PGA Championship.

The World Series of Golf quickly became a leading event on the tour. For many years a victory in it gave a 10-year exemption on the PGA Tour, the same as was granted for a victory in a major championship at that time, and twice as long as is given even for winning a major now. The field consisted of the winners of all the high status men's professional golf tournaments around the world in the previous twelve months. This was quite different from the criteria for the WGC Invitational listed above, but produced much the same sort of global field.

Winners

PGA Tour and European Tour – WGC event (1999–2015), (2017– )
PGA Tour – WGC event (2016)
Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ( $)
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
2019
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2018 Justin Thomas   United States 265 −15 4 strokes United States Kyle Stanley 1,700,000
2017 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 264 −16 5 strokes United States Zach Johnson 1,660,000
2016 Dustin Johnson   United States 274 −6 1 stroke United States Scott Piercy 1,620,000
2015 Shane Lowry   Ireland 269 −11 2 strokes United States Bubba Watson 1,570,000
2014 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 265 −15 2 strokes Spain Sergio García 1,500,000
2013 Tiger Woods (8)   United States 265 −15 7 strokes United States Keegan Bradley
Sweden Henrik Stenson
1,500,000
2012 Keegan Bradley   United States 267 −13 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk
United States Steve Stricker
1,400,000
2011 Adam Scott   Australia 263 −17 4 strokes England Luke Donald
United States Rickie Fowler
1,400,000
2010 Hunter Mahan   United States 268 −12 2 strokes United States Ryan Palmer 1,400,000
2009 Tiger Woods (7)   United States 268 −12 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
1,400,000
2008 Vijay Singh   Fiji 270 −10 1 stroke Australia Stuart Appleby
England Lee Westwood
1,350,000
2007 Tiger Woods (6)   United States 272 −8 8 strokes England Justin Rose
South Africa Rory Sabbatini
1,350,000
2006 Tiger Woods (5)   United States 270 −10 Playoff United States Stewart Cink 1,300,000
WGC-NEC Invitational
2005 Tiger Woods (4)   United States 274 −6 1 stroke United States Chris DiMarco 1,300,000
2004 Stewart Cink   United States 269 −11 4 strokes South Africa Rory Sabbatini
United States Tiger Woods
1,200,000
2003 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 268 −12 4 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye 1,050,000
  2002* Craig Parry   Australia 268 −16 4 strokes Australia Robert Allenby
United States Fred Funk
1,000,000
2001 Tiger Woods (3)   United States 268 −12 Playoff United States Jim Furyk 1,000,000
2000 Tiger Woods (2)   United States 259 −21 11 strokes United States Justin Leonard
Wales Phillip Price
1,000,000
1999 Tiger Woods   United States 270 −10 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson 1,000,000

*Note: the 2002 edition was played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington

References

  1. ^ Ridenour, Marla (August 4, 2013). "PGA Tour, Bridgestone extend contract to keep tournament at Firestone C.C. through 2018". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Wright, Branson (April 12, 2018). "WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will leave Firestone in 2019". cleveland.com.
  3. ^ "2019 Dates Announced". PGA Tour. July 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "World Series of Golf back for final time". The Augusta Chronicle. AP. August 27, 1998. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Now golf has a real World Series". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 29, 1976. p. 7B.
  6. ^ "Nicklaus silences his doubters". Palm Beach Post. wire services. September 6, 1976. p. D1.

External links


WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL Latitude and Longitude:

41°00′29″N 81°30′29″W / 41.008°N 81.508°W / 41.008; -81.508