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New venue and format for WGC Match Play

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 19:10 | Comments

Harding Park will also stage the 2020 US PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup Australian Jason Day beat France's Victor Dubuisson in this year's WGC Match Play final
Harding Park will also stage the 2020 US PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup Australian Jason Day beat France's Victor Dubuisson in this year's WGC Match Play final

The World Golf Championship Match Play event will be played under a new format at Harding Park in San Francisco next year.

The same venue will also stage the 2020 US PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup.

The WGC tournaments began in 1999 and the Match Play had been played at Dove Mountain in Arizona for the past eight years, with Australian Jason Day beating France's Victor Dubuisson in this year's final in February.

However, with Accenture's sponsorship coming to an end and the Valero Texas Open moving to before the Masters in 2015, the tournament needed to find a new sponsor and new place in the schedule.

The 2015 event will be played the week before the Players Championship from 29 April to 3 May, with the 64-man field divided into 16 groups of four instead of the traditional straight knockout.

Group matches will be played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and the winner of each group advances to the last 16 on Saturday morning, with the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.

The semi-finals will be held on Sunday morning with the final and consolation match later the same day.

The PGA Tour said a title sponsor for the event would be announced at a later date.

Harding Park previously staged the Presidents Cup in 2009, with Tiger Woods holing the winning putt for the US.

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