Dell Technologies Match Play
The Dell Technologies Match Play is one of four tournaments in the annual series of World Golf Championships. In 2016, the Championship went through a few major updates including a new title sponsor, new city and new host course.
Dell Technologies will return in 2019 as the title sponsor for Match Play, making it one of four title sponsors of the World Golf Championship events on the PGA TOUR schedule. The event will take place once again at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas and will feature the same match play format including a round robin structure for Wednesday - Sunday with the top 16 players advancing to the weekend rounds.
Each year has produced classic matches between marquee players from around the globe and we are sure that 2019 will not disappoint.
In 1999, Jeff Maggert won the title over Andrew Magee in the final match when he holed a chip on the 38th hole. On his way to winning the Championship, Maggert also recorded victories over Nick Price, Tiger Woods and Steve Pate. This performance earned Maggert the biggest victory of his career as well as the $1 million first prize.
In 2000, an impressive final four created some ideal match ups on the weekend. The semifinals featured Woods versus Davis Love III and Darren Clarke versus David Duval. The results produced a final match between Clarke and Woods. Clarke, a native of Northern Ireland, matched Woods shot for shot in the 36-hole final. His impressive play earned him a 4 & 3 victory over the world's No.1-ranked player.
The 2001, WGC - Match Play was held at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, during the first week of January. American Steve Stricker squared off against Sweden's Pierre Fulke in the final match. Stricker claimed the title with a 2 & 1 decision.
In 2002, Californians Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron battled on the final day of Match Play in Carlsbad, California. Sutherland emerged victorious in an exciting 1-up finish on the 36th hole.
In 2003, Woods beat David Toms 2 & 1. With this victory, Woods became the first and only player to win each of the World Golf Championships.
Woods proved his staying power when he clenched the title again in 2004, defeating Love 3 & 2 for his ninth overall win at a World Golf Championship event.
In 2005, Toms forged a solid lead early in the final against Chris DiMarco. He never let up and won 6 & 5. Winning six consecutive matches that year moved Toms to 18-5 at the WGC - Match Play.
In 2006, Geoff Ogilvy pulled away with an eagle-birdie knockout punch and won 3 & 2 in the final against Love to become the first Australian to capture the title in the final tournament held at La Costa Resort.
In its first year at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, Match Play saw a first-timer take home the trophy. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson defeated defending champion Ogilvy 2 and 1 to win the title; it was Stenson’s first start as a PGA TOUR member.
Tiger Woods won the 2008 Championship, capturing his 15th World Golf Championships victory.
In 2009, the Championship Match saw a familiar face. Geoff Ogilvy, who had won his first Match Play title in 2006, and finished second in 2007, captured his second title. Ogilvy defeated Paul Casey 4 & 3 in the championship round.
The 2010 WGC - Match Play saw Ian Poulter take home his first win on American soil as he beat Paul Casey 4 and 2.
In 2011, Luke Donald picked up his first win in America in five years when he defeated Martin Kaymer 3 and 2.
In 2012, Hunter Mahan, a 6 seed, captured his second World Golf Championship victory by defeating top seeded Rory McIlroy 2 and 1. Mahan's first WGC win came in 2010 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
In 2013, Matt Kuchar won his first ever WGC event taking down the 2012 champion Hunter Mahan. Mahan conceded on hole 17 resulting in the 2&1 victory for Kuchar, moving him back inside the world's top 10.
In 2014, Jason Day won the madness on the fifth extra hole against Victor Dubuisson when he pitched over a mound to 4 feet and made a birdie, making the WGC-Match Play Day's second PGA TOUR win. It was the first time the championship match went into overtime since the inaugural year in 1999.
In 2015, just one day before his 26th birthday, Rory McIlroy defeated Gary Woodland 4 and 2 for his second World Golf Championship victory. McIlroy's first WGC win came in 2014 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
With his win over Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day claimed his second Dell Technologies Match Play title in 2016 with a 5 and 4 finish on Championship Sunday. Following this victory Day moved into #1 in the World Golf Rankings.
In a battle that took them all the way to the 18th hole, Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm 1 up in 2017. With this win, Johnson became the first player in the history of the World Golf Championship series to win all four WGC events.
In 2019, Bubba Watson won his first WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play and his second WGC.