Harding Park gets '15 WGC, '20 PGA, '25 Prez Cup


Several marquee events are officially heading to TPC Harding Park.

Confirming reports from earlier in the week, the PGA Tour and PGA of America held a joint press conference Wednesday to announce that the municipal course in San Francisco will host the 2015 WGC-Match Play, the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2025 Presidents Cup.

The WGC-Match Play announcement comes with two other changes: a date shift to April 29-May 3 in 2015, plus a format change that creates round-robin play and ensures each participant will play at least three matches before facing elimination. The tournament had utilized a single-elimination format in past years and had been played in February at Dove Mountain in Arizona since 2009.

"We're going to do it differently next year," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. "We think it's a new direction for the Match Play for sure, but one that will create a lot more enthusiasm and excitement."

PGA of America president Ted Bishop confirmed that his organization had searched for a West Coast venue for more than a year before deciding on Harding Park, as 2020 will mark the first time the season's final major will be played from the Pacific coast since 1998 when Vijay Singh won at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle.

"Today is certainly a monumental day," Bishop said. "The PGA of America is proud to be taking its major championship in 2020 to the city of San Francisco."

The announcement also means that the PGA Championship will be played at municipal courses in back-to-back years, with Bethpage Black preceding Harding Park as host venue in 2019.

The 2025 Presidents Cup will be the second time Harding Park hosts the biennial team competition, which was also played in San Francisco in 2009 when the U.S. defeated the International squad by a 19.5-14.5 margin.