Bridgestone Senior Players Championship logoWithout question, the 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship is a much smaller event than was the 2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

But how much smaller?

Thursday morning before the noon downpour hit Akron, I went out to Firestone to take some photos. My focus was on how the 2019 event “looked” compared to its 2018 counterpart, which I photographed during the Wednesday practice round last year.

The differences are readily apparent.

18th Green

The grandstands behind the 18th green at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational.
The giant grandstands behind the 18th green at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational.
No grandstands behind the 18th green at the 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players.
No grandstands at all behind the 18th green at the 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players.

9th Green

2018 Bridgestone Invitational 9th green
One section of the grandstand behind the 9th green in 2018.
2019 Bridgestone SP 9th
The “viewing platform” behind the 9th green in 2019.

16th Green

16th green 2018 Bridgestone Invitational
The right-side section of the hospitality tents fully ringing the 16th green in 2018.
2019 Bridgestone SP 16th green
All of the hospitality tents around the 16th green in 2019.

The Fan Zone

2018 Bridgestone Invitational Fan Zone
Wednesday at the 2018 Bridgestone Fan Zone
Fans at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational
Fans on Wednesday morning at the 2018 Bridgestone Invitational
2019 Bridgestone Invitational Fan Zone
2019 Bridgestone Invitational Fan Zone during Thursday’s first round.
 2019 Bridgestone Fan Zone
No fans on Thursday morning at the 2019 Bridgestone Fan Zone

So Why Go?

The 2019 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship has some of its own merits and benefits.

The tickets are far less expensive and very easy to get.

The event will attract primarily true golf fans, giving patrons an easier chance to get up-close to the action.

There are scores of great players and World Golf Hall of Fame stars playing this week who are very much worth watching:

Fred Couples

Steve Stricker

Scott McCarron

Plus food, fun and musical entertainment options will be available after the last putt drops on Friday and Saturday evenings in the brand-new Water Tower Club.

Water Tower Club 2019 Senior Players Championship

If the WGC Bridgestone Invitational wasn’t so fresh off its ending, it’s likely that people in Northeast Ohio might better appreciate what the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship is, or could be, for the region.

Yes, the multiple pro-am events that Tournament Director Don Padgett III and his staff ran early in the week were a smash success, big sellouts, huge financial wins. That alone could keep the PGA TOUR and Bridgestone corporate happy for quite awhile.

But it’s important that Northeast Ohio support pro golf here. Not every city has a big-time tournament like this. Proceeds benefit area charities. So come on out and enjoy…

 
Tim RogersGet complete Bridgestone Senior Players Championship results and game stories from our own Tim Rogers, all week long at Ohio.com.

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