Today, I am at the Accenture Match Play World Championship in Tucson, AZ at the Dove Mountain Ritz Carlton Golf Course. The WGC- Accenture Match Play was established in 1999 and has been at Dove Mountain since 2009. The field is comprised of the top 64 players from the official world golf ranking. I am surprised how few spectator there are here, it is a great course to watch a tournament at.
What is match play? Match play can be played against an opponent or teams. If you make the same score as your opponent the match remains at all square. If you lose or win you will go one point up or down. This format of play is great because it allows the player to concede the hole if they have a blow up. You will also see players say a putt is “good” and then the opponent will not have to putt it. After the hole is complete the players are allowed to practice putting on the green. The match concludes when the number of holes or opportunities to square the match is less than the deficit of points the player is ahead in the match.
Today there are 16 matches. Tomorrow there will be eight matches. Saturday will be the quarter-finals and Sunday will host two semifinal matches including a championship and a consolation match.
This is one of the few opportunities to watch the excitement of match play on the PGA Tour. If you don’t get a chance to visit Tucson this week it will be aired on the golf channel. Match Play competition is deep seeded in the tradition of the game and I encourage everyone reading this post to play match play with your playing partners on the course this week. Until then, I have more golf to watch! Have a great day.
Megan Padua is a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Golf Certified, a TPI Level 1 Golf Professional, Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional, and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix