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Encyclopedia > NEC World Series of Golf

The WGC-NEC Invitational is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA TOUR and the PGA European Tour. The event was established in 1999, and was a successor to the "World Series of Golf", which was also sponsored by NEC. The World Golf Championships are a group of four annual events for male professional golfers created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. ... The International Federation of PGA Tours is the trade body for the six leading regional mens professional golf tours. ... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... // The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... NEC Corporation is a multi-national information technologies company headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. ...

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The WGC-NEC Invitational

The current event has a field of about seventy-five players, which is roughly half that for a standard professional golf event. Basically, invitations are issued to the top few dozen golfers in the world. The specific eligibility criteria are as follows.

  • Playing members of the last named United States and International Presidents Cup teams.
  • Playing members of the last named United States and European Ryder Cup teams.
  • If not otherwise eligible, players ranked among the top 50, including any players tied for 50th place, on the Official World Golf Rankings as of Monday of tournament week.
  • If not otherwise eligible, tournament winners of worldwide events since the prior year's NEC Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 100 points or more.
  • If not otherwise eligible, the winner of one selected tournament from each of the following tours: Australasian Tour, Southern Africa Tour, Asian PGA and Japan Golf Tour.

All of the events up to 2004 were held in the United States, all of them except the 2002 edition at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Presidents Cup The Presidents Cup is a series of golf matches between teams of professional players representing the United States and the rest of the world less Europe, which competes against the U.S. in a similar but considerably older event, the Ryder Cup. ... Ryder Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ... The Japan Golf Tour is a prominent golf tour. ... The Firestone Country Club is private golf club located in Akron, Ohio. ... City nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio County Summit Mayor Don Plusquellic Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 161. ...


The World Series of Golf

Up until 1998, there was a tournament called the World Series of Golf, which was also played at Firestone Country Club for many years, and sponsored by NEC. It was founded as a four man invitational event in 1962, but later became a PGA Tour event, and eventually one of the leading events on the Tour. For many years a victory in the World Series of Golf gave a golfer a ten year exemption on the Tour, which was the same as was granted for a victory in a major championship at that time, and twice as long as is given even for winning a major now. The field consisted of the winners of all the high status men's professional golf tournaments around the World in the previous twelve months. This was quite different from the criteria for the WGC-NEC Invitational listed above, but produced much the same sort of global field. The Firestone Country Club is private golf club located in Akron, Ohio. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


WGC-NEC Invitational winners

Stewart Cink (b May 21, 1973 Huntsville, Alabama) is an American golfer who has featured in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings at times. ... Darren Clarke (born 14 August 1968) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who plays on both the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms like Ulster, (Republic of) Ireland, (Great) Britain and United Kingdom see British Isles (terminology). ... Sammamish (pronounced ) is a city located in King County, Washington. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ...

World Series of Golf winners

David Duval (born November 9, 1971) in Jacksonville, Florida, is a professional golfer on the US PGA TOUR. Duvals pro career began in 1993, but really took off between 1997 and 2001, a period in which he won 13 PGA TOUR tournaments. ... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Phil Mickelson (front) after winning the 2004 Masters Tournament Philip Alfred Phil Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) (nicknamed Lefty for having a left-handed swing despite being right-handed), is an American professional golfer who won The Masters in 2004. ... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... José María Olazábal (born 5 February 1966 in Fuenterrabia, Spain) is a professional golfer who has enjoyed success on both the PGA European Tour and the PGA Tour, and has won two major championships. ... Craig Stadler (born June 2, 1953 in San Diego, California) is an American professional golfer. ... José María Olazábal (born 5 February 1966 in Fuenterrabia, Spain) is a professional golfer who has enjoyed success on both the PGA European Tour and the PGA Tour, and has won two major championships. ... David Frost (born 11 September 1959 in Cape Town) is a South African golfer who has more than twenty professional tournament wins to his name, spread across four continents. ... Mike Reid (b. ... Curtis Strange (born 1955) is a U.S. golfer. ... Nick Price - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Craig Stadler (born June 2, 1953 in San Diego, California) is an American professional golfer. ... Bill Rogers (b. ... Thomas Sturges Watson (born September 4, 1949) is a golfer on the Champions Tour, who still occasionally competes in PGA TOUR events. ... Gil Morgan (b. ... Lanny Wadkins (born December 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American golfer. ... // Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf from the 1960s to the mid 1990s, and is regarded by many as the greatest golfer of all time. ...

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Firestone Country Club (435 words)
In 1962 The World Series of Golf began under its original format, and in succeeding years the course played host to many other competitions, including the CBS Golf Classic and Big Three Golf, the forerunner of The World Series of Golf.
In 1973, Firestone Country Club was the only course in the world on which three televised golf events- The American Golf Classic, The World Series of Golf and The CBS Golf Classic- were conducted in one calendar year.
In 1976, the World Series of Golf was restructured into an international championship and in 1984 became the NEC World Series of Golf ending in 1998.
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