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2006 Fact Sheet

BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL
2006 Fact Sheet

EVENT: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational

DATES: Aug. 22-27, 2006

SITE: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, OH, USA

PAR/YARDAGE: Par: 35-35-70
Yards: Front: 3,662
Back: 3,698
Total 7,360

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tiger Woods

FORMAT: Four-day, 72-hole stroke-play competition; no cut

TROPHY: Gary Player Cup

ELIGIBILITY: Estimated field size - 75 players

  • Playing members of the 2005 U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams
  • Playing members of the 2006 U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams.
  • The top 50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, August 14, 2006 (i.e. through completion of THE INTERNATIONAL).
  • The top 50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, August 21, 2006 (i.e. through completion of the PGA Championship).
  • Tournament winners, whose victories are considered official, of tournaments from the Federation Tours since the prior year's Bridgestone Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more.
  • The winner of the following tournaments from each of the following Tours:
    •  Japan Golf Tour: Japan Golf Tour Championships (2006)
    • Australasian Tour: Australian PGA Championship (2005)
    • Southern Africa Tour: Tour Championship (2006)
    • Asian Tour: Volvo Masters of Asia (2005)

PURSE: $7,500,000 (U.S.)
(Prize money awarded will be considered "official" on each player's home Tour.)

CHARITABLE PROCEEDS: The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, is the primary beneficiary of the World Golf Championships and the Bridgestone Invitational. The First Tee is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible golf to those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play the game, with a special emphasis on kids.

Northern Ohio Golf Charities, Inc., which has distributed millions of dollars to area charities through five decades of involvement with professional golf in Akron prior to the World Golf Championships event at Firestone, continues to benefit from the Bridgestone Invitational. A significant percentage of proceeds are distributed through Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation.

TELEVISION: The World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational will enjoy at least 16 hours of live television coverage, 8 of those hours live on CBS. ESPN will air the first two days of play. The 2006 event will be broadcast in 140 countries.

ABOUT BRIDGESTONE:

About Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.:
Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. (BSAH) is the U.S. subsidiary of the Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company. BSAH and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and associate and private brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies also produce air springs, roofing materials, synthetic rubber and industrial fibers and textiles and operate the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

About Bridgestone Corporation:
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories around the world.

About Bridgestone Sports:
Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd. manufactures and markets premium sporting goods equipment and accessories globally. Bridgestone Sports' history of innovation has made them the #1 golf equipment manufacturer in Japan, with greater than a 40% market share of the Japanese golf ball market. In addition to their global presence in golf, Bridgestone Sports utilizes its proprietary precision engineering to create quality racquet sports equipment as well, including a full line of tennis racquets, tennis balls, badminton racquets, racquet sports shoes and apparel. For more information on Bridgestone Sports visit www.bs-sports.co.jp/english/


About Bridgestone Golf:
Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, manufactures and markets premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names in the United States. Bridgestone is represented on a world stage by a number of internationally famed golfers, including Stuart Appleby, Fred Couples, Shigeki Maruyama and Nick Price. Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd. For more information on the full line of Bridgestone Golf equipment available in the U.S., visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.

UMBRELLA SPONSORS:

Bridgestone, Accenture, American Express, Barbados

OFFICIAL SPONSORS:

JELD-WEN, CA,

Preferred Supplier

Waterford Wedgwood


WEB SITES: www.worldgolfchampionships.com

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