Gone are the days of halved matches going into sudden death at the WGC – Dell Match Play; for the 2016 event at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas will be introducing a new, player-friendly format.
The New Format
One thing that remains the same to previous WGC Match Play tournaments is how the field is chosen. After the top 16 players in the World Golf Rankings have been assigned a top seed in each of the 16 groups, the other 48 of top 64 players take part in a live drawing to determine who plays in which group. The live drawing will take place the Monday before play begins on the Golf Channel.
Each group of four will compete in three round-robin-style matches. Play will commence on Wednesday, with the winner of each group moving on to the Last-16. Each day of competition will play host to 32 matches.
Like in years past, a victory will receive 1 point and a defeat will receive no points. However, for the 2016 WGC – Dell Match Play, a match that ends in a tie (halved) will be considered a draw and each player will be rewarded a half point. This new format eliminates the need for sudden death, which as we’ve seen in the past, can go an extra 9-holes.
The Last-16 will begin play on Saturday morning, followed by the quarterfinals in the afternoon. On Sunday morning, the final four golfers will battle it out in their respective matches for a spot in the finals that begin afterwards to determine who will walk away with the $1.62Million first-place prize.
What do you think about the changes made to the format of this year’s WGC Match Play? Will the new format be a hole-in-one or will tournament officials have to take a mulligan?