Firestone and The Big Three

Long before the World Golf Championships and The Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone was hosting professional golf tournaments. In 1954 the first Rubber City Open was won by Tommy Bolt. In 1962 it was changed to the NEC World Series of Golf and that lasted until 1999. After that it changed to the NEC Invitational and finally in 2006 it was called the Bridgestone Invitational. In addition to that, Firestone hosted The American Golf Classic from 1961 to 1972, The CBS Golf Classic from 1967 to 1974 and three PGA Championships. It is the only course to host three PGA Tournaments in one year. Firestone also was home to some of the original made for television tournaments like The World Series of Golf. Take a look at this clip from The World Series of Golf when The Big Three were in their prime and the whole world lay ahead of them.


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