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Bay Area to host Match Play, PGA, Presidents Cup
By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the U.S. PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025.
U.S. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America President Ted Bishop and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made the announcement at a City Hall news conference on Wednesday.
The Match Play, which has been held for the last eight years in Arizona, will begin in the last week of April under a new format. The tournament will offer group play leading into single-elimination matches. The reconfiguration will ensure that all 64 players are around for at least three days. In the past, single elimination from the outset often led to quick exits for top players and fan favorites.
After going more than 40 years without being played on a public course, the U.S. PGA Championship is now headed to two in a row.
The 2019 event will be at Bethpage Black, a public course on New York's Long Island. The last U.S. PGA Championship on an affordable public course was in 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Course in North Carolina.
The U.S. PGA Championship has not been played on the West Coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. The 2020 event at Harding Park also gives California majors in three consecutive years, with the U.S. Open going to Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.
The U.S. PGA Tour's commitment to hold the Match Play at Harding Park is for only one year. The tournament had typically been held in February for eight years at Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. But the tour's contract with title sponsor Accenture ended after this year's event, leaving the Match Play's future uncertain.
As in the past, the top 64 players in the world ranking will qualify for the event. Starting next year in San Francisco, the field will be divided into 16 groups of four players.
There will be round-robin match play on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And the winner of each group will advance to the round of 16 on Saturday morning. Head-to-head results will be used to break two-way ties, with sudden-death playoffs for three-way ties. The quarterfinals will be on Saturday afternoon, the semifinals on Sunday morning, and the final in the afternoon.
Harding Park, the site of the Presidents Cup in 2009, has never hosted a major.
Updated July 2, 2014
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