Tiger Woods commits to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
80-time PGA TOUR winner to make his first start in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas – Tournament officials announced today that 80-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods has committed to the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club March 27-31. Woods, who has 18 career World Golf Championships titles to his credit, will be making his 14th career start in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but first career start in Austin.
Woods is the only three-time winner of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (2003, 2004, 2008) and remains the only player in tournament history to successfully defend his title. His last start at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play came in 2013, where he fell in the opening round to Charles Howell III 2 & 1.
“We’re incredibly excited that Tiger Woods has added the Dell Technologies Match Play to his schedule and know our fans will be thrilled to get the chance to watch him compete in Austin as he further chases history,” said Jordan Uppleger, Executive Director of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “The addition of Tiger adds to an already stacked field, and we are encouraging fans to buy their tickets now before they are no longer available.”
With the group format of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which was adopted in 2015 and which Woods has never participated in, Austin fans will be treated to at least three matches from Woods, who has been responsible for some of the most dominant wins in tournament history. Woods famously beat Stephen Ames 9 & 8 in the first round in 2006 for the largest margin of defeat in tournament history, curtly replying, “9 & 8” when he was asked if Ames’ pre-tournament comments had fueled him in the match. In his third career WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play victory in 2008, Woods posted an 8 & 7 win over Stewart Cink in the 36-hole championship match, the largest margin of defeat in championship match history.
On the way to his 2008 victory, Woods produced one of the most memorable matches in tournament history with a thrilling, come-from-behind win against J.B. Holmes in the first round. Entering the 14th hole 3-down, Woods won the next four holes with three birdies and an eagle and closed out Holmes 1-up on his way to winning his third career WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title.
Due to the unpredictable nature and drama that the match-play format produces, Woods has also been apart of some of the biggest upsets in tournament history, with Nick O’Hern snapping his streak of 13 consecutive match victories 3 & 1 in the first round in 2005 and then famously beating him two years later with a 20th-hole birdie in the 2007 third round as well.
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play will mark Woods’ third start of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season. Woods made his season debut at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego where he carded a final-round 67 to finish T20. He is set to compete in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club outside Los Angeles the week before the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Woods has proven incredible in match-play format, winning three WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, three consecutive U.S. Amateurs, and three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs.
Players already committed to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play include World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, former Longhorn Jordan Spieth, defending champion Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, and Francesco Molinari.
Upgraded hospitality for the event is no longer available, but a limited supply of daily grounds passes remain available at http://www.dellmatchplay.com for Wednesday and Thursday’s rounds at $130 plus taxes and fees and $160 plus taxes and fees for Friday-Sunday’s rounds, while weekly grounds tickets are available for $405 plus taxes and fees. As part of the best youth ticket policy in sports, the PGA TOUR and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is once again admitting one youth 18 & under in free when accompanied by a ticketed adult to come catch the best 64 players in the world battle match-play style.
Although the tournament no longer has ULTRA Club and 360 Club tickets for Wednesday-Sunday’s rounds available, fans that remain interested in purchasing these upgraded hospitality tickets are encouraged to visit the Ticket Exchange at www.dellmatchplay.com, which is the official fan-to-fan resale marketplace of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
As one in a series of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is one of the most exciting and biggest events on golf’s calendar.