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WGC-Bridgestone Invitational removed from next season’s European Tour

It has been announced that the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will not feature on the European Tour next season after it was pushed forward to the end of June by the PGA Tour of America.

The PGA decision to bring the event forward next year comes as they work to avoid a clash with the Rio Olympics – where golf returns for the first time since 1904.

However, the new June date clashes with the French Open at Le Golf National, and as a result any money won at next year’s Bridgestone will not count towards Ryder Cup points or the Race To Dubai.

Shane Lowry was the winner of the Bridgestone event last week, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA and European Tour.

The French Open is continental Europe’s oldest national championship and celebrates its 100th staging next year; is has been a staple of the European Tour schedule since the Tour’s formation in 1972.

Any player in the world’s top 50 is eligible to enter the WGC event, meaning many of the biggest names will be playing at the Firestone Country Club in Arizona next June instead of Le Golf National, which also happens to be the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The European Tour requires members to play in 13 tournaments each year and with four majors and four WGC events counting towards that total.

The golfing calendar is going to look a little different next year.

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