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Match Play likely moving from February date

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – While it remains to be seen who will sponsor the WGC Match Play Championship in 2015 – or where the event will be held – one thing appears certain: It won’t be played in its traditional early-season date next year.

The tournament has been played in February since its inception in 1999, first at La Costa in California and then moving to Arizona from 2007 to the present, with one edition played in Australia (2001) in between. As the Associated Press reports, a tentative 2015 schedule leaves no room for the event in the early months next year.

Jason Day won the event earlier this season at Dove Mountain, which was the last contractual year for both the host site and the title sponsor, Accenture. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday that it has taken “longer than we thought” to find a company to replace Accenture, which has sponsored the event since 1999.

While the Tour will not officially release a full schedule for the 2014-15 season until the fall, many tournaments have 2015 event dates listed on their website, including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which will be held Jan. 9-12 next year – one week later than its traditional post-New Year’s slot.

Once other early-season tournaments are plugged in, it becomes clear that if it is played at all, the WGC event couldn’t be played until after the Masters.

Here is a look at the early 2015 schedule based on the dates listed on various tournament websites:

Jan. 9-12: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Jan. 15-18: Sony Open in Hawaii

Jan. 22-25: Humana Challenge

Jan. 29-Feb. 1: Farmers Insurance Open

Feb. 5-8: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb. 12-15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Feb. 19-22: Northern Trust Open

Feb. 26-March 1: Honda Classic

March 5-8: WGC-Cadillac Championship

March 12-15: Valspar Championship

March 19-22: Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 26-29: Valero Texas Open

April 2-5: Shell Houston Open

April 9-12: Masters