• WGC Match Play

New home, new format and new date for Match Play

ESPN staff
July 2, 2014
The Match Play has been held at Dove Mountain in Arizona for the past eight years © AP

The WGC-Match Play will have a new home and a new format from 2015.

With a move to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the tournament will be changed to have a similar structure to the World Cup, with group play leading into single-elimination matches.

The reconfiguration will ensure that all 64 players - determined by the Official World Golf Ranking, as in the past - are around for at least three days. Previously, single-elimination from the outset often led to quick exits for top players and fan favourites.

It will also move from its February slot to the end of April - meaning from next year it will be the second World Golf Championship of the season.

"It's a lot more golf," Finchem said. "It's a ton of golf. We know the fans here will relish the opportunity to have that much more golf."

Dove Mountain in Arizona has staged the event for the past eight years, but it has often been affected by bad weather.

Harding Park will also host the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup five years later.

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