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Firestone to host the world's best players over 50 next year

Firestone Country Club in Ohio is losing a World Golf Championship and picking up one of the five majors on the PGA Tour Champions.

In a pair of announcements in different states Thursday, the PGA Tour said the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, will become a World Golf Championship in 2019, moving from the week before the U.S. Open to a midsummer date just ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

It will be called the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Bridgestone chose not to renew its title sponsorship of the WGC event at Firestone. Instead, the company will sponsor the Senior Players Championship at the venerable Akron course with a history of hosting the...