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Firestone Country Club (South Course) (Par 70/7,400 yards) Akron, Ohio


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Ben Hogan, to tell Jones’ wife, Ione, that if Jones “had to play his courses for a living, you’d starve”), as well as for the inspired alterations he made at Augusta National. Jones added 50 bunkers and two ponds while enlarging the putting surfaces to provide more hole locations. While he was at it, he increased the length to 7,173


yards and lowered par by two strokes. The result was a winning score of 1-over-par 281. The players howled (to Jones’ delight), but at the end of the day, Firestone was regarded as one of the finest championship tests in the game.


The PGA Championship came back to Firestone in 1966, when it was won by Al Geiberger, and in 1975, when Jack Nicklaus won the Wanamaker Trophy for the fourth time on a course he had often played as an amateur growing up in Columbus.


Keegan Bradley during the final round of the 2012 World Golf Championships- Bridgestone Invitational.


WHEN YOU THINK about the iconic courses on the PGA TOUR, there are a few that


immediately come to mind: Pebble


Beach; Augusta National; THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass; and the South Course at Firestone Country Club. Firestone, in Akron (OH) hosted its first TOUR event in 1954, when World Golf Hall of Fame member and 1958 U.S. Open champion Tommy Bolt won the first Rubber City Open with a 23-under-par 263. Six years later, the South Course—one of three at Firestone— hosted its first major championship as Jay Hebert won the 1960 PGA Championship here. His brother, Lionel, had won the PGA


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three years earlier—the last time it was conducted at match play—and for all you trivia buffs out there, they remain the only brothers to have won that championship.


ROBERT TRENT JONES WORKED HIS MAGIC


The course where Hebert won the PGA Championship was dramatically different from the original W.H. “Bert” Way creation, thanks to the handiwork of famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, who had boosted his reputation with his controversial renovation of Oakland Hills Country Club for the 1951 U.S. Open (leading the winner,


THE WORLD SERIES OF GOLF BECOMES AN ELITE EVENT The Rubber City Open became the World Series of Golf in 1962 and had a brilliant 14-year run as an unofficial, 36-hole tournament that featured the winners of that season’s four major championships. In 1976, it became an official event with a larger field with strict eligibility requirements. Finally, in 1999, it became a World Golf Championships event that has been played at Firestone every year except 2002, when it was held at the Sahalee Country Club in Washington.


“My hope standing on the 18th tee


was to make birdie and maybe force a playoff. But you know, just from being out here, you just never know what’s going to happen.” – Keegan Bradley


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