The best golfers in the world are in Akron, Ohio this week for the PGA Tour's annual stop at Firestone Country Club. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational has become one of the premier late-season events, and very few big names are absent this year. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson headline the group, but the no-cut limited field event features at least one name player in almost every pairing. In total, there are just 73 players in the field at Firestone's South Course.
The tournament will be the perfect tune-up for next week's PGA Championship. The South Course is one of the longest venues on Tour, and Oak Hill will present many of the same challenges next week in Rochester. Both tracks are classic American parklands courses, with trees and thick rough lining the fairways. Oak Hill has much more history and will be, of course, set up much tougher than Firestone but it's still a comparable style and test for these players.
This is the last regular season WGC event, and with such a loaded field, there are expanded streaming options. The PGA Tour's @Live coverage returns this week, providing additional featured holes and featured groups streams to supplement the simulcast streams of the network coverage. Both Golf Channel and CBS will be coming on the air an hour earlier than normal, carrying coverage for four hours as opposed to the typical three hours for lesser PGA Tour events. With Tiger, Phil, Rory, and most of the top 50 players in the world, it should be the start of an amazing month in golf. Here's how to watch all weekend:
2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational TV & Streaming Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 1 & Friday, Aug. 2
Golf Channel (Live Extra simulcast) -- 2 to 6 p.m. ET
Featured Holes Livestream (Par-5 No. 2 and Par-3 No. 15) -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3 & Sunday, Aug. 4
Golf Channel (Live Extra simulcast) -- 12 to 1:30 p.m.
CBS (live simulcast on PGATour.com) -- 2 to 6 p.m.
Featured Group Livestream -- TBD
The first groups out on Thursday will tee off at 8:40 a.m. ET, with Tiger set to play at 9:20 a.m. That means you won't be able to watch most of his first round, save for the two times he shows up on the featured holes stream. Tiger will then flip with Phil on Friday, going out in the afternoon wave.