The WGC Match Play (currently known as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play for sponsorship reasons) is one of the four annual World Golf Championship events and the only to use the match play format. The event was first played in 1999 and features the 64 best players in the world by ranking.
The players are divided into 16 groups of four players, playing a round-robin format over Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with one point awarded for a win and a half point for a tie. The group winner qualifies for the round of 16 played on the Saturday, immediately followed by the quarter-finals. The semi-final, third-place playoff and final are all then played on Sunday, with the winner receiving a Wedgwood trophy named the Walter Hagan Cup.
The current champion is Kevin Kisner of the United States, winning the 2019 tournament by defeating Matt Kuchar 3 & 2 in the Final. Tiger Woods is the most successful player at the event, having won 3 times (2003, 2004, 2008) followed by Jason Day (2014, 2016) and Geoff Ogilvy (2006, 2009) each with 2 wins.
When is the WGC Match Play?
The WGC Match Play is usually the second of the four World Golf Championships event held annually and since 2016 has been played in late March.
Where is the WGC Match Play?
The event has been held at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas since 2016. Prior to this, the event had been held in several different venues:
- Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Carlsbad, California, USA) – 1999-2000 & 2002-2006
- Metropolitan Golf Club (Melbourne, Australia) – 2001
- The Gallery Golf Club (Marana, Arizona, USA) – 2007-2008
- The Golf Club at Dove Mountain (Marana, Arizona, USA) – 2009-2014
- TPC Harding Park (San Francisco, California, USA) – 2015
How do I get there?
Austin Country Club is located approximately 11 miles north west of downtown Austin in the state of Texas.
Airport – Austin–Bergstrom International Airport is the nearest international airport, with flights to over 70 destinations across North America and Europe. The airport is approximately 18 miles from the golf club with a driving time of about 25-30 minutes.
Driving & Parking – From the Capital of Texas Highway (Highway 360) turn East on to Westlake Drive. Take the first left on to Long Champ Drive and the club is at the end. During the tournament public parking costs $10 per day and is available at Toney Burger Activity Center (3200 Jones Road, Austin, TX) and Dillard’s parking garage in the Domain (3201 Feathergrass Ct. Austin, TX), with a free shuttle bus available to travel to the golf club.
Where to stay in Austin
How do I get tickets to the WGC Match Play?
The latest ticket information is available on the official website here.