WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
|Location||San Francisco, California (in 2015)|
|Course(s)||TPC Harding Park (in 2015)|
|Length||7,086 yards (6,479 m)|
Japan Golf Tour
|Tournament record score|
9 & 8 Tiger Woods (2006)
8 & 7 Tiger Woods (2008)
|2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship|
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.
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.
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.
|2015||TPC Harding Park||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|
|WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship|
|2014||Jason Day||Australia||8||11||Victor Dubuisson||27||30||23 holes||1,530,000||9,000,000|
|2013||Matt Kuchar||United States||21||23||Hunter Mahan||23||25||2 & 1||1,500,000||8,750,000|
|2012||Hunter Mahan||United States||21||22||Rory McIlroy||2||2||2 & 1||1,400,000||8,500,000|
|2011||Luke Donald||England||9||9||Martin Kaymer||2||2||3 & 2||1,400,000||8,500,000|
|2010||Ian Poulter||England||9||11||Paul Casey||6||8||4 & 2||1,400,000||8,500,000|
|2009||Geoff Ogilvy (2)||Australia||8||8||Paul Casey||23||23||4 & 3||1,400,000||8,500,000|
|2008||Tiger Woods (3)||United States||1||1||Stewart Cink||22||22||8 & 7||1,350,000||8,000,000|
|2007||Henrik Stenson||Sweden||9||9||Geoff Ogilvy||11||11||2 & 1||1,350,000||8,000,000|
|2006||Geoff Ogilvy||Australia||52||54||Davis Love III||23||24||3 & 2||1,300,000||7,500,000|
|2005||David Toms||United States||14||15||Chris DiMarco||16||17||6 & 5||1,300,000||7,500,000|
|2004||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||1||1||Davis Love III||3||4||3 & 2||1,200,000||7,000,000|
|2003||Tiger Woods||United States||1||1||David Toms||6||7||2 & 1||1,050,000||6,000,000|
|2002||Kevin Sutherland||United States||62||64||Scott McCarron||45||47||1 up||1,000,000||5,500,000|
|2001||Steve Stricker||United States||55||90||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||Tiger Woods||1||1||4 & 3||1,000,000||5,000,000|
|1999||Jeff Maggert||United States||24||25||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.
- Most times won tournament - 3, Tiger Woods (2003, 2004, 2008)
- Most consecutive matches won - 13, Tiger Woods (2003–2005)
- Biggest winning margin: Championship match - 8 & 7, Tiger Woods over Stewart Cink (2008) (36 holes)
- Biggest winning margin: Other matches - 9 & 8, Tiger Woods over Stephen Ames (2006, 1st round)
- Longest championship match - 38 holes, Jeff Maggert over Andrew Magee (1999)
- Longest match (18 holes) - 26 holes, Scott Verplank over Lee Westwood (2006, 1st round), Mike Weir over Loren Roberts (2003, 1st round)
First round results:
- "Match Play gets new format for '15". ESPN. Associated Press. July 2, 2014.
- "TPC Harding Park to host three big events". PGA Tour. July 2, 2014.
- Facts and Figures - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship