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European Tour European Tour: Date clash sees Bridgestone Invitational miss sanction

Having been moved due to the Olympics, next year's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will now not be an official European Tour event

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Next year's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will not be an official European Tour event due to a clash of dates with the Open de France.

The 2016 Bridgestone Invitational has been brought forward due to golf's inclusion in the Olympic Games.

The tournament will take place at Firestone Country Club from June 29 until July 3 - the weekend the Open de France traditionally takes place.

With the Open de France to be staged for the 100th time next year, the European Tour has opted not to sanction the Invitational, with any money won not counting towards The Race to Dubai or earning Ryder Cup points.

Keith Pelley, chief executive officer of The European Tour, said in a statement: "The Albatros Course at Le Golf National is currently undergoing renovation to prepare not only for next year's landmark tournament, but also for the staging of The Ryder Cup in 2018.

"The Alstom Open de France has been a staple on our Tour since 1972 and we are confident that next year"s event, with an increased prize fund alongside the current renovations to the golf course, will properly reflect the importance of the tournament alongside the 100th anniversary celebrations."

Ireland's Shane Lowry won this year's Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

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