Golf Manager, Michael Walsh
2015 WGC World Match Play, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, 27 April- 3 May
With the Masters behind us, all eyes turn to San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park golf course for the 2015 World Match play. The top ranked 64 players in the world will do battle and the field will include the likes of Jordan Speith, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and defending Match play champion, Australia’s Jason Day.
This is a very unique tournament in the PGA calendar. There will be 3 days of four man groups playing this long San Francisco TPC course, which hosted the 2009 President’s Cup as well as being the site of the 2020 PGA Championship. It goes without saying that this course is no easy beat, even though it is a public golf course.
At the end of these 3 days, the top 16 players from each of these groups will go into the weekend Match play games. Players will be selected from 3 pools to make up the initial four man groups. The top 16 seeded players in the world plus one player from each of the other 3 pools.
- Pool 1: Players seeded 17-32, Pool 2: 33-48, Pool 3: 49-64.
The current top 16 golf players are: 1.McIlroy, 2.Speith, 3.Stenson, 4.Bubba, 5.Day, 6.Johnson, 7.Scott, 8.Rose, 9.Garcia, 10.Furyk, 11.Walker, 12.Holmes, 13.Fowler, 14.Reed, 15.Matsuyama, 16.Kaymer.
This is the only PGA sanctioned Match play tournament for the year, and with the top players all showing up this year, it promises to be an event to remember. All players will be hoping to play well as the week after will see the Players Championship contested at the world renowned TPC Sawgrass.
This tournament has all the makings of a classic contest, and having played this golf course myself last year, I can tell you it’s long and the rough is absolutely brutal. Being on Lake Merced, there is also some water to contend with. The famous San Francisco weather, which, like Melbourne’s, is unpredictable, is sure to play a part. All things considered, it should be very entertaining.