WGC-Match Play announces new site, format
July 02, 2014
- July 02, 2014
- The World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship will be played in May 2015 at TPC Harding Park.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship will be played at a new site, with a new date and a new format in 2015.
The tournament moves to San Francisco's TPC Harding Park after an eight-year run in Marana, Arizona (2007-08 at The Gallery at Dove Mountain; 2009-14 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain), and following seven turns at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California (1999-2000, 2002-06). The event was played at The Metropolitan Club in Victoria, Australia, in 2001. This year's event was won by Australia’s Jason Day.
In addition to a new venue, the 2015 Match Play Championship moves to a new date on the PGA TOUR schedule and a new format. The event will be held April 27-May 3, the week prior to THE PLAYERS Championship. That spot in the schedule has traditionally been held by the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina; in 2015, the Wells Fargo Championship will play the week after THE PLAYERS. The Match Play Championship agreement at TPC Harding Park is a one-year deal; the title sponsor of the event will be announced at a later date.
Going forward, the 64-player Match Play Championship field will be divided into 16 four-player groups. Each group will play round-robin matches within their group on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in each of the four groups advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play (in the event of a two-way tie in a group, head-to-head results will be used as the tiebreaker; a three-way tie will require a sudden-death playoff). The Round of 16 will be played Saturday morning, followed by the Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The Semifinals will be Sunday morning, followed by the Championship Match and Consolation Match on Sunday afternoon.
The changes were announced July 2 at a press conference announcing a partnership between The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the City and County of San Francisco that will bring the 2020 PGA Championship, The Presidents Cup 2025 and the 2015 World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship to TPC Harding Park, a municipal course owned by the City and County of San Francisco. The announcement builds upon a strengthening relationship between the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR and furthers the TOUR’s 20-year partnership with the City and County of San Francisco that began with the rebuilding of TPC Harding Park in 2002-03.