Bridgestone Invitational's exit from Akron slices deep for PGA golfers and fans alike (editorial)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - One of the best weeks on the calendar for Northeast Ohio is bittersweet this year.

Akron and Canton play host to two great events: the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in Canton, and just up I-77 in Akron, the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.

We're losing the Bridgestone as the PGA is moving the event to Memphis, Tenn.

This cuts deeper than losing a big revenue-making sporting event; it's a community event that Akron loved and took great pride in.

The golfers who played here raved about the great organizers, great volunteers, and yes, great fans lining the fairways.

On the pro golfing calendar, Bridgestone was a big time tournament that attracted the biggest names in the sport, in part because they loved coming here.

Yes, we know, sometimes change is good. But the PGA shanked this decision.

Are fans really clamoring for another golf tournament in the deep south in late July or August? Maybe if you operate a Popsicle stand.

But, we're not going to be bitter. That's one thing Northeast Ohio doesn't do well.

We're still a great area to visit. We do a lot of things right.

Just ask the pro golfers and their fans as they take the turn, one last time, at Bridgestone.

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