PGA TOUR’s WEC-Bridgestone Invitational
Site: Akron, Ohio.
Course: Firestone Country Club, South Course (7,360 yards, par 70).
Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million.
FedEx Cup points: 26,250. Winner’s share: 4,725.
Television (all times PDT): Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3
p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods won for the third consecutive year and sixth
time overall. He closed with a 5-under 65 at Firestone for an 8-under
272 total and an eight-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini and Justin Rose.
Last week: Chez Reavie won the Canadian Open for his first PGA Tour
title, beating Billy Mayfair by three strokes at water-logged Glen
Notes: The PGA Championship is next week at Oakland Hills. … Woods,
sidelined by a knee injury, swept the 1999-01 tournaments at Firestone.
In 2000, he won by 11 strokes, matching the course record with a 61 en
route to a tournament-record 21-under 259 total. In 2001, he beat Jim
Furyk with a birdie on the seventh extra hole. … Phil Mickelson won the
1996 World Series of Golf at Firestone. … Kenny Perry, a three-time
winner this year, is 60-under in his last four events. He has played 16
rounds in a row in par or better, breaking 70 in 15 of them. … Reavie
earned spots in the event and the PGA Championship with his victory in