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Encyclopedia > HSBC World Match Play Championship

The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London. Previous sponsors have included Piccadilly, Suntory, Toyota and Cisco. Match play is a scoring system for golf (compare to stroke play). ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor sport where individual players or teams hit a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... Wentworth Club is a privately owned golf club and health resort in Virginia Water, Surrey on the south western fringes of London, not far from Windsor Castle. ... Piccadilly is a major London street, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. ... Suntory (サントリー) is a Japanese brewing and distilling company. ... Toyota redirects here. ... Cisco may mean: Cisco (fish) Coregonus artedi, or any of several related fish species in Coregonus (Salmonidae) Cisco Systems, a computer networking company CISCO Security Private Limited, a security company in Singapore Abbreviation of Commercial and Industrial Security Corporation, a statutory board in Singapore An abbreviation for the name of...

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History

The tournament was founded by Mark McCormack as a showcase for the players he managed. The inaugural event in 1964 was won by Arnold Palmer, who was McCormack's first client. The calibre of the winners has consistently been very high, with the majority of the tournaments being won by players who have been official world number 1 (or before the introduction of the Official World Golf Rankings, unofficial world number 1) at some point in their career. Mark McCormack was Founder and Chairman of IMG, an international management organization that handles the commercial affairs for sports figures and celebrities. ... Arnold Palmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... // The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ...


The event consists of thirty six hole matches played in a single day. For many years it was a twelve man event, with eight seeded players being given a bye in the first round. It was sometimes felt that this was unfair, as an unseeded player needed to string together eight successful rounds in four days to win, twice as many as in a strokeplay tournament, whereas a seeded player only needed six successful rounds to win. Stroke play is a scoring system for golf (compare to match play). ...


For its first forty years the tournament was an unofficial one, highly regarded by golf fans in Britain and many other countries outside the United States, popular with players, and happily coexisting with the PGA European Tour, at whose home course it is played, but not taken into account on an official tour money list, and offering no World Ranking Points. The introduction in 1999 of the sixty four man WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship, which selected its field on the basis of the World Rankings, was a blow to the prestige of the older event, whose exhibitional aspects, with a small invited field, were emphasised by contrast. // The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour. ... // The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ... The WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship is one of the annual World Golf Championships for male professional golfers. ...


The current Championship

In 2003 the tournament was given a major overhaul. Greatly increased sponsorship was secured from the largest British based bank, HSBC, and the winner's prize was increased to £1 million, which was then easily the largest in world golf (although the Nedbank Golf Challenge had had a $2 million first prize from 2000-02). The field was increased to sixteen players, all of whom need to play eight rounds of golf to win, to eliminate the advantage previously given to seeds. A qualifying system based primarily on performances in the four majors, replaced the invitations of the past. World ranking points were allocated to the event, and the results were counted in the PGA European Tour money list - not however the actual prize money, which is far higher than for the other events on the tour, but scaled down amounts intended to be more proportionate. This overhaul is considered to be a great success in every respect except one: some of the top Americans still decline their invitations. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Nedbank Golf Challenge is an annual golf tournament played over the Gary Player Country Club Course in Sun City South Africa. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


Winners

Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Ian Woosnam (March 2, 1958, Oswestry, England) is a British golf player who represents Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... Lee Westwood (born 24 April 1973) is an English professional golfer. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Colin Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish golfer. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Scottish Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Mark OMeara (born January 13, 1957 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is an American golfer who was a prolific tournament winner on the PGA Tour and around the world from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. ... Vijay Singh (born February 22, 1963 in Lautoka, Fiji) is a Fijian golfer on the PGA TOUR who has won three major championships (one Masters in 2000 and two PGA Championships in 1998 and 2004) and was the leading money winner in 2003 and 2004. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. ... Corey Pavin (b. ... Nicholas Alexander Faldo , generally known as Nick Faldo (born July 18, 1957 in Welwyn Garden City) is an English golfer on the PGA European Tour. ... 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Multiple winners

Including the 2004 event, the following players have been World Match Play Champion more than once:

  • 6 times: Ernie Els
  • 5 times: Seve Ballesteros and Gary Player
  • 3 times: Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam
  • 2 times: Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin and Arnold Palmer

Qualification criteria

This is the current qualification system. The largest category is criteria 3, which is based on the major championships, but criteria 4 and 5 give favourable treatment to members of the European Tour. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


1. The defending champion.


2. The World Number One on the Official World Golf Ranking as at March 31 in the year of the Championship. // The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ...


3. The leading ten available players, not qualified under criteria 1 or 2, from the HSBC Major Championship Rankings as at the conclusion of the PGA Championship. These rankings award points for high finishes in the four majors. // The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in mens professional golf. ...


4. The leading two available European Tour Members from the HSBC European Tournament Rankings, not qualified under criteria 1, 2 or 3. These rankings will reflect the actual World Ranking points earned by European Tour Members in the following four events:

5. The leading two available European Tour members, not qualified under criteria 1, 2, 3 or 4, from the European Tour Order of Merit, as of three weeks before the Championship. The Dubai Desert Classic is an annual golf tourament which is usually played in March. ... The Johnnie Walker Classic is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played in the Asia Pacific region. ... The BMW Championship, known as the Volvo PGA Championship for many years up to 2004, is an annual mens professional golf tournament on the PGA European Tour. ... The Smurfit European Open is a PGA European Tour golf tournament played annually at The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club (K Club), Straffan, Ireland. ...


External link

  • Official site

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HSBC World Match Play Championship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (616 words)
The HSBC World Match Play Championship is the current sponsored name of a matchplay golf tournament played each September at Wentworth Club near London.
The introduction in 1999 of the sixty four man WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship, which selected its field on the basis of the World Rankings, was a blow to the prestige of the older event, whose exhibitional aspects, with a small invited field, were emphasised by contrast.
World ranking points were allocated to the event, and the results were counted in the PGA European Tour money list - not however the actual prize money, which is far higher than for the other events on the tour, but scaled down amounts intended to be more proportionate.
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