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Golf Australia Express : Issue 5
ANINTERNATIONAL Federation of PGA Tours sanctioned and organised event, prizemoney won here counts toward the official money list on both the PGA and European tours. Traditionally, this tournament attracts many if not most of golf’s biggest names. And in its 12-year history the biggest name of the modern era—Tiger Woods—has pretty much owned it. Seven victories including the first three from 1999 to 2001 highlights Tiger’s stranglehold over the Bridgestone Invitational’s short life. Apart from 2002— when it was played at Sahalee Country Club in Washington State—the spiritual home of the Bridgestone Invitational has been the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Firestone again hosts the Bridgestone this week, making it the 12th time occasion it’s been held there. NEEDING TO close a three-shot deficit over compatriot Ryan Palmer, an outward 30—including five birdies—put American Hunter Mahan right in the mix on Sunday. His birdie on the 13th got him rolling and the Californian seized on his opportunity to pounce. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Mahan would not be disappointed. Licking his lips with delight as Palmer, Goosen and others around him faltered, Mahan eventually finished two-shots ahead of Palmer at 12-under. His US$1.4 million reward for the win is one of the biggest bounties in golf. Tiger Woods created a European Tour record by wining the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for a third consecutive season. He is the only player to win the same event for three consecutive years on two different occasions, having won the event from 1999-2001, then 2005-2007. THE EVENT 2010 EVENT WGC BRIDGESTONE FUN FACT August 4-7, 2011 Firestone Country Club, Ohio, USA Purse US$6,000,000 Defending Champ: Hunter Mahan (USA) FIRING UP What’s happening on the men’s tour this week PEEK THE Watch the video below for highlights of the WGC-Bridgestone over the years