WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
The WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship is a golf tournament in the World Golf Championships Tournament Series, which is played in match play format. Founded in 1999, it takes place every year in January or February instead, and is regarded by the U.S. PGA TOUR, European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour as an official event.
Predecessor was the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, a 32- man match play tournament, which belonged to no official money list and was played from 1995 to 1998.
The field consists of the best available 64 players in the World Golf Rankings. The individual matches will be played in match play mode on 18 holes, and continued at a draw level on further extra holes until a winner is determined. In the first round matches will be set according to the world rankings placement, that is, the first plays against the 64th, the second against the 63, and so on. The final was from 1999 to 2010 over 36 holes and is decided from 2011 through 18 holes. In addition, the losers of the semifinals play from the 3rd place over 18 holes. The six rounds of the tournament will be held on five consecutive days, beginning on Wednesday, where every day through Friday held a round. The quarter and semi-finals will be played on Saturday, the final and the third place match on Sunday.
The competition was held from its inception in 1999 to 2006 La Costa Resort and Spa in California, with the exception of 2001, when the tournament at the Metropolitan Golf Club in the Australian Victoria took place.
2007 joined the event for two years The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Arizona, a suburb northwest of Tucson. As from 2007, all three World Golf Championships were played only in the United States, it was by some golfers, including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, and in the media outside of the United States on several occasions criticism. The PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem defend the host, as in the U.S., more money can be earned than elsewhere.
2009 was chosen as the venue for the Ritz- Carlton Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and is located at Dove Mountain in Marana.
The total allocation amounted in 2014 to $ 9 million, of which $ 1.53 million to the winner and the so-called Walter Hagen Cup gets. The price obtained money counts for both the PGA TOUR money list, as well as to the money rankings on the European Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
Note: Green highlight marked record.
- The most frequent winner - Tiger Woods (2003, 2004, 2008 )
- Highest Final Victory (36 holes ) - 8 & 7, Tiger Woods against Stewart Cink (2008)
- Biggest win (without final 18 holes ) - 9 & 8, Tiger Woods against Stephen Ames (2006, first round )
- Longest Final Game - 38 holes, Jeff Maggert against Andrew Magee (1999)
- Longest game (excluding finals) - 26 holes, Scott Verplank against Lee Westwood (2006, first round ), Mike Weir against Loren Roberts (2003, first round )
Prize money and FedEx Cup points
( 1.36197 USD = 1 Euro, Stand 2011)