AUSTIN, Texas – 5 years into the prevailing format for the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship, there’s speak about altering it once more.
And one doable thought has already been rejected by the gamers.
Event sponsor Dell put forth a plan not too long ago that may have seen the 64-player discipline lower to 32 gamers after pool play – after which play 36 holes of stroke play on the weekend.
“What would we name it?” stated Paul Casey, winner of the Valspar Championship on Sunday and a member of the Gamers Advisory Council that was not too long ago introduced with the plan.
“I’d like to see straight knockout once more,” Casey stated Wednesday at Austin Nation Membership, the place the match begins Wednesday. “Lose and go house. However I perceive it from making an attempt to promote this from a company sponsor’s standpoint, from an leisure standpoint, you need as a lot golf as doable on the weekend.
“So the participant in me, if I lose on Wednesday, I wish to go house. However I do not know what the answer is. I do know that is leisure and it is a sport. As a lot pleasure and drama to the tip is good.”
Tiger Woods will face Patrick Cantlay, Brandt Snedeker and Aaron Sensible this week through the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship, his first expertise within the new format.
They each must get previous the primary three days, which is not any straightforward activity in an occasion this unpredictable. We undergo all the things that issues on the Match Play.
That was the problem with the outdated format, which started when the WGC occasion was created in 1999 and performed by way of 2014.
The format was conventional match play with 64 gamers making the sphere, 32 matches the primary day, and a win-and-advance state of affairs by way of to a two-person closing.
The issue with that format was the variety of high gamers who could possibly be misplaced after only a single day.
Therefore the present format, with the 64 gamers damaged up into 16 four-man teams, and a round-robin system that sees them play three matches towards these within the group, with the chief advancing to the ultimate 16 gamers. From there, knockout matches happen.
“I just like the group play,” stated Jim Furyk, who’s amongst 4 gamers within the discipline together with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood who competed within the first match play occasion in 1999. “I hate to see a man fly midway world wide and play an excellent stable spherical of golf and fly midway world wide to get house. It is form of the wonder and the unhealthy a part of match play is you may shoot 66 and lose and shoot 74 and win. So I do not prefer to see that a part of it.”
Casey stated he expects others concepts to be introduced within the coming months. A easy one, he stated, could be to have 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to find out a match play discipline of 32 or 16 gamers. Some types of double-elimination have additionally been mentioned, that means all of the gamers could be round for no less than two matches.
Casey stated he does not like the thought of dropping and having to play extra matches, however Furyk is an instance of a participant who misplaced a match and nonetheless made it by way of his pool, going 2-1 in 2015 and nonetheless making it to the weekend and ending fourth.
If the highest gamers in a bunch are tied after three matches, they go to a gap by gap playoff to find out the participant who advances to the ultimate 16.