This year’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play will have more than just a new format and venue.
It’ll also feature a new selection process.
The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that after the top 16 players are seeded in order of their Official World Golf Ranking, the remaining players in each of the three pools will be determined by a blind draw.
The 90-minute selection show will be televised live on Golf Channel at noon ET Monday, April 27. The WGC-Match Play begins two days later at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
The top seed for the 16 groups will be determined by the top 16 in the OWGR. After that, the three pools will be determined by a blind draw from players seeded Nos. 17-32, Nos. 33-48 and Nos. 49-64
Each four-man group will play round-robin matches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. After the three rounds of group play, the Round of 16 will be played Saturday morning, followed by the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, they will play both the semifinals and finals.
Previously, the single-elimination Round of 64 was played on Wednesday, with the possibility that the top seeds could be gone by the end of the first day.