Monday, March 16, 2020

Retief Goosen Wins First Senior Players Championship at Firestone

Ohio native Peter Starr was an accomplished golfer in high school who earned Southwestern Conference 2nd Team distinction in three of his four years of play. In addition to playing at several prominent courses throughout the US, Peter Starr has attended several PGA Tour events held at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.

Firestone Country Club hosted the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational from 1999 to 2018, at which point the tournament was relocated to Memphis. However, the club secured hosting rights for the 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, ensuring Northeast Ohio would host a professional golf tournament for the 66th consecutive year.

The Senior Players Championship is one of five PGA Tour Champions major tournaments. The 2019 event took place in July and was won by South African Retief Goosen, who had a four-round total of six under par. Americans Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic tied for second with a score of four under par. Goosen took the lead in the fourth round after sinking a 15-foot put on the 17th hole. He shot a two-under-par 68 in the final round.

The tournament is returning to Firestone Country Club in 2020.