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Akron City Council urges officials to keep Bridgestone Invitational in Akron

December 5, 2017 GMT

Akron City Council urges officials to keep Bridgestone Invitational in Akron

AKRON, Ohio – Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron City Council will formally urge PGA officials to keep the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

Horrigan and At-large councilman Jeff Fusco sponsored a resolution approved at Monday’s council meeting.

Firestone County Club has hosted the World Golf Championship event since 1999, and has been the site of annual PGA Tour events since 1965, including three PGA Championship tournaments.

The 2018 Bridgestone Invitational will be held Aug. 2-5 at Firestone. But after that, things are uncertain.

Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corp. has not yet agreed to a renew its sponsorship for 2019, although a spokesman said moving the Bridgestone Invitational to Japan or creating a new Bridgestone-sponsored PGA Tour event in another country is not being considered.

The PGA Tour is also in the process of re-arranging its tournament schedule so the FedEx Cup Playoffs take place in August before the NFL season begins. That could leave Firestone without a place on the tour.

The tournament generates about $25 million a year for the greater Akron community. It also contributes about $1 million annually for Northeast Ohio nonprofits through the work of Northern Ohio Golf Charities, which provides volunteer support for the PGA tour.

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