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Keegan Bradley made a gritty par on the final hole and won the World Golf Championships- Bridgestone Invitational.


The South Course has a history of rewarding both power and accuracy, as evidenced by Nicklaus’ six victories there (the PGA Championship, the World Series of Golf four times when it as an unofficial event, and also in 1976) and Tiger Woods’ record seven Bridgestone Invitational wins. Other strong players who have won include major championship winners Craig Stadler, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.


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The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in conjunction with Northern Ohio Golf Charities annually donates approximately $1 million to charities throughout Northeast Ohio. Through professional golf at Firestone Country Club, more than $21,000,000 has been given to organizations seeking to improve the quality of life in region. The anchor charity of the Bridgestone Invitational is the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland.


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That said, Firestone also has produced a list of champions whose success was based upon their short games and course management: Lanny Wadkins; Bill Rogers; Nick Price; Curtis Strange; Mike Reid; and Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal, who won twice. One of Olazabal’s wins came on the North Course in 1994, which was the year the South Course was undergoing yet another round of renovations. Firestone was the home of the long-running “CBS Golf Classic,” which featured two-man teams in a match-play, single-elimination format. The taped event featured most of the PGA TOUR’s most popular players and it aired in winter months at a time when TOUR coverage was less extensive than it is today. On one memorable occasion, Ken Venturi, who was beginning his long career at CBS, was asked by Frank Chirkinian, who was producing and directing, to interview the famously laconic Don January. “I can’t, Frank,” said Venturi. “I think he fell asleep.”


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A win is a win is a win, but even Keegan Bradley will admit his victory at the 2012 World


Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was more than a little surprising. True, he did make a 15-footer for par on


the final hole, but the shocker was how the usually reliable Jim Furyk basically handed him the title by making a double bogey from the middle of the 18th fairway on Sunday, after leading for most of the tournament. “I led the golf tournament the entire way and lost it on the very last hole,” said Furyk. “To get that close and to know that I played more


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With his victory, Keegan Bradley joined the list of players under the age of 30 with three or more victories on the PGA TOUR. They include Dustin Johnson (6), Anthony Kim (3), Rory McIlroy (3), Webb Simpson (3) and Keegan Bradley (3).


Bradley became the 23rd different winner of a World Golf Championships event.


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