If the 2018 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational proves to be the final PGA Tour event at Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods will be there to help give it the perfect sendoff.
Woods wrapped up another trip to the course where he's won eight times with a tie for sixth in the British Open Sunday at Carnoustie Golf Links. Woods had to finish in the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings as of Monday or Monday, July 30 to get into the $10 million Akron event.
Woods jumped to 50th from 71st, according to a release from the PGA Tour.
The British Open was his last scheduled tournament before the Bridgestone, Aug. 2-5 at the famed South Course.
Woods said in May that qualifying to play in Akron was high on his list of goals. Woods' eight victories ties the PGA Tour record with Sam Snead (Greater Greensboro Open). Woods has also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill eight times.
Woods captured his eighth Bridgestone title in 2013, when he shot his second career 61 in the second round. Woods defeated Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson by seven strokes, marking his most recent tour victory.
In 2014, Woods was forced to withdraw on the ninth hole of the final round with back problems. That was his lasts appearance at Firestone as the 14-time major winner has undergone four back surgeries since March, 2014.
This season, Woods has finished in the top 10 in four of 12 events, including a tie for second at the Valspar Championship. His finish at Carnoustie was his second consecutive top-10 after he tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National.
This could be the final PGA Tour event at Firestone. Next year the WGC event shifts to Memphis, the world headquarters of FedEx, which sponsors the tour's FedExCup playoffs. Akron will host the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship July 11-14, 2019, the first of a four-year deal.