World’s Top 3 Including Rory McIlroy Commit to WGC Cadillac-Match Play
March 30, 2015
The top three players in the world are headed for TPC Harding Park.
On Monday, tournament officials for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play announced that Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson have joined the list of players who have committed for the championship, slated for April 27-May 3 at TPC Harding Park.
Others who previously committed include Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and former Cadillac Match Play winners Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar.
McIlroy, who has posted two top-10 finishes at the Cadillac Match Play, is looking to secure a potential career grand slam at The Masters next week. With his victories at the 2014 and 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship and the 2011 U.S. Open, The Masters is the only major championship not yet on the 25 year-old’s roster. McIlroy’s best finish at the Cadillac Match Play came in 2012 when he finished runner-up to Hunter Mahan.
Watson will be returning to familiar grounds at Augusta and hopes to continue his streak of victories at The Masters. If Watson were to defend his title next week, he would be the second player in The Masters history to secure three wins out of four starts. Nicklaus currently holds the title for his victories in 1963, 1965 and 1966.
Currently ranked number two in the world behind McIlroy, Watson has placed three top-10 finishes out of four starts at the Cadillac Match Play including a 4th-place finish in 2011. He has reached at least the third-round in three of his four starts at the event.
Stenson, who won the 2007 Cadillac Match Play, excels in the head-to-head format. Most recently, Stenson advanced to the finals of the 2014 European Tour’s World Match Play Championship in England and finishing in second behind Mikko Ilonen. In his title defense at the 2008 Cadillac Match Play, Stenson finished third, beating Justin Leonard in the consolation match.
The Cadillac Match Play is the only official tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule with a match-play format.
The 64-player Cadillac Match Play field will be divided into 16 four-player groups. Each group will play round-robin matches within their group on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in each of the four groups advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play (in the event of a two-way tie in a group, head-to-head results will be used as the tiebreaker; a three-way tie will require a sudden-death playoff).
The Round of 16 will be played Saturday morning, followed by the Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The Semifinals will be Sunday morning, followed by the Championship Match and Consolation Match on Sunday afternoon. This means that fans are guaranteed to see the field in its entirety during the first three days of competition before players begin being eliminated.