WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

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WGC-Match Play Championship
Tournament information
Location San Francisco, California (in 2015)
Established 1999
Course(s) TPC Harding Park (in 2015)
Par 72
Length 7,086 yards (6,479 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Format Match play
Prize fund $9,000,000
Month played May
Tournament record score
Score 18-hole match:
9 & 8 Tiger Woods (2006)
Championship:
8 & 7 Tiger Woods (2008)
Current champion
Australia Jason Day
2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

The WGC-Match Play Championship is one of the annual World Golf Championships. It is a knockout event and was generally staged in late February until 2015 when in moved to May.

The field consists of the top 64 players available from the Official World Golf Ranking, seeded according to the rankings. The prize money for 2014 was $9.0 million, with the winner taking $1.53 million and the Walter Hagen Cup. Prize money is official on the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.

From 1999 to 2014, the Championship was a single-elimination match play event. Since 2011, all matches have been over 18 holes with extra holes played until there is a winner. From 1999 to 2010 the final was played over 36 holes. The losers of the semi-final matches play an 18-hole consolation match for third place. The format was a five-day, six-match tournament starting on a Wednesday. For the first four days (Wednesday through Saturday) a single round of matches were played, with the semi-finals, third-place match and final played on the Sunday. When the final was over 36 holes, the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both played on Saturday.

Beginning in 2015, the Championship will start with 16 groups of four players playing round-robin matches. The winners of each group will advance to a single-elimination bracket. The group play will be on Wednesday through Friday. The round of 16 and quarterfinals will be played Saturday, with the semi-finals, finals, and consolation match Sunday.[1]

Weather conditions meant that changes were made to this format in 2005, 2011, and 2013. In 2005 the start was delayed by a day, with both the second and third rounds being played on the following day. In 2011, with the danger of bad weather on the Sunday, the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both played on the Saturday. In 2013, snow meant that the first round was not completed until Friday morning. The second round was played on the Friday while the third and fourth rounds were both played on the Saturday.

It is the successor event of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, a 32-man, unofficial money, match play event played from 1995 to 1998.

It was sponsored by Accenture, the world's largest consulting firm, through 2014.

Tournament hosts[edit]

From its inauguration in 1999 until 2006 it was hosted every year by La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California, except in 2001, when it was hosted by the Metropolitan Golf Club in Victoria, Australia.

In 2007, the event moved to Marana, Arizona, a suburb northwest of Tucson, first to The Gallery Golf Club, then in 2009 to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course.

In 2015, the event moved back to California, this time to San Francisco, with TPC Harding Park hosting. Harding Park had previously hosted the WGC-American Express Championship in 2005.

Years Venue City
2015 TPC Harding Park[2] San Francisco, California
2009–14 The Golf Club at Dove Mountain Marana, Arizona
2007–08 The Gallery Golf Club Marana, Arizona
2002–06 La Costa Resort and Spa Carlsbad, California
2001 Metropolitan Golf Club Victoria, Australia
1999–2000 La Costa Resort and Spa Carlsbad, California

Finalists[edit]

Year Champion Country Seed Rank Runner-up Seed Rank Score Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
2014 Jason Day  Australia 8 11 France Victor Dubuisson 27 30 23 holes 1,530,000 9,000,000
2013 Matt Kuchar  United States 21 23 United States Hunter Mahan 23 25 2 & 1 1,500,000 8,750,000
2012 Hunter Mahan  United States 21 22 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 2 2 2 & 1 1,400,000 8,500,000
2011 Luke Donald  England 9 9 Germany Martin Kaymer 2 2 3 & 2 1,400,000 8,500,000
2010 Ian Poulter  England 9 11 England Paul Casey 6 8 4 & 2 1,400,000 8,500,000
2009 Geoff Ogilvy (2)  Australia 8 8 England Paul Casey 23 23 4 & 3 1,400,000 8,500,000
2008 Tiger Woods (3)  United States 1 1 United States Stewart Cink 22 22 8 & 7 1,350,000 8,000,000
2007 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 9 9 Australia Geoff Ogilvy 11 11 2 & 1 1,350,000 8,000,000
2006 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 52 54 United States Davis Love III 23 24 3 & 2 1,300,000 7,500,000
2005 David Toms  United States 14 15 United States Chris DiMarco 16 17 6 & 5 1,300,000 7,500,000
2004 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 1 1 United States Davis Love III 3 4 3 & 2 1,200,000 7,000,000
2003 Tiger Woods  United States 1 1 United States David Toms 6 7 2 & 1 1,050,000 6,000,000
2002 Kevin Sutherland  United States 62 64 United States Scott McCarron 45 47 1 up 1,000,000 5,500,000
2001 Steve Stricker  United States 55 90 Sweden Pierre Fulke 21 45 2 & 1 1,000,000 5,000,000
WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship
2000 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 19 19 United States Tiger Woods 1 1 4 & 3 1,000,000 5,000,000
1999 Jeff Maggert  United States 24 25 United States Andrew Magee 50 51 38 holes 1,000,000 5,000,000

Seed – the player's seeding in the event.
Rank – the player's world ranking at the date the seedings were determined.
Numbers in parentheses in the table are the number of wins by the golfer.

Records[edit]

[3]

First round results:

Year Won by
higher seed
Won by
lower seed
2014 23 9
2013 17 15
2012 17 15
2011 19 13
2010 20 12
2009 19 13
2008 19 13
2007 21 11
2006 19 13
2005 19 13
2004 20 12
2003 19 13
2002 19 13
2001 20 12
2000 21 11
1999 14 18
Total 306 206

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