Firestone switching from PGA event to Champions Tour major in 2019

Associated Press

AKRON — Firestone Country Club in Ohio is going from hosting the world's best players to hosting the world's best over 50.

The PGA Tour says Bridgestone will switch its title sponsorship at Firestone next year from a World Golf Championship to the Senior Players Championship, which the tour regards as one of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions.

Firestone has been hosting golf tournaments since the 1950s, including the PGA Championship three times and the original World Series of Golf starting in 1962. It has been a World Golf Championships event since 1999 except for one year when it was played at Sahalee in Washington state.

That event will move to Memphis, Tenn., next year. An announcement was expected later today.

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