Firestone Country Club
In 1929, Harvey Firestone began construction of the Firestone Country Club for his employees at the Firestone Rubber and Tire Company. The club is located in Akron, Ohio, and today consists of three separate golf courses.
In 1954, the first professional tournament was held at the Firestone Country Club. Known as the Rubber City Open, this tournament lasted until 1960. In that year the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship occurred at the club. The PGA has held its championship at the Firestone Country Club in 1960, 1966, and 1975. Beginning in 1961, the American Golf Classic took place at Firestone. This tournament remained at the club until 1976. In 1962, the World of Series of Golf began to hold an event at the Firestone Country Club. By 1976, this tournament had evolved into one of the leading competitions on the PGA tour schedule. This event ended in 1998.
The main tournament currently held at the Firestone Country Club is the World Series of Golf's WSG-NEC Invitational. The NEC Corporation sponsors the tournament. First held in 1999, the International Federation of PGA Tours organizes and sanctions the event. Generally, the tournament field is one-half the size of those in other tournaments. This is an invitation only event with the best golfers in the world invited to participate. Tiger Woods won the first three tournaments in the series.
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