AKRON, Ohio -- Akron has lost the Bridgestone Invitational.

Beginning 2019, Firestone Country Club will instead host the “Bridgestone Senior Players” championship.

The 2019 tournament will be held the week of July 8-14, with a four-year agreement through 2022.

“Bridgestone has been a tremendous partner and valued member of the PGA tour family since 2005, and we are excited to begin this new journey with them as we bring major championship golf to Northeast Ohio with the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship,” said PGA tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “With Firestone Country Club’s South Course as the host venue, golf’s 65-year tradition in Akron will continue.”

Officials stressed the senior event is a "major championship."

2018 marks the 65th year of the Bridgestone Invitational, which happens this year from Aug. 2-5.

Officials announced the changes during a press conference Thursday morning: