Firestone Country Club Deserves a Major!

Sean EilertsonContributor IAugust 19, 2008

Firestone Country Club, located in Akron, Ohio, is one of the most beautiful yet challenging golf courses in the world. Firestone hosted the PGA Championship in 1960, 1966, and 1975, and has since been hosting The Bridgestone Invitational; a World Golf Championships event.

The Bridgestone Invitational is an excellent event, hosting the best golfers in the world and has also become a favorite of Tiger Woods.

In 2007, Firestone's South Course shocked golfers at the Bridgestone Invitational with nearly 7 inches of thick rough and lightning fast greens. There was only one golfer under par that year and his name was Tiger Woods.

The tournament had the highest scoring average of any tournament in 2007, including the U.S. Open. Firestone shows its teeth with its length of 7400 yards and penalizing rough.

Also, Firestone includes the 16th hole, which is the longest Par 5 on the PGA Tour at an extreme 667 yards. The 16th was named "The Monster" by Arnold Palmer after he scored a triple-bogey in the 1960 PGA Championship.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has the choice to decide where the U.S. Open is held every year as well as how the course is set up. The U.S. Open is normally hosted on a challenging course with thick rough and very undulating greens.

The USGA was able to see how tough Firestone played in 2007, but still has never been selected for a U.S. Open. Firestone has proved its ability to challenge golfers, so why has it not been given a major in over 30 years?