Report: '15 Match Play heading to Harding Park, moving to May


The WGC-Match Play Championship reportedly has a new home for 2015 – and a new date.

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday night that Harding Park – already set to stage the 2020 PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup – will also host the 64-man match-play event in 2015. An announcement is expected to be made Wednesday.

The Chronicle also reported that the event was expected to move from February to May, “improving the chances of dry conditions at Harding.” This year’s event, won by Jason Day, was held Feb. 19-23. It is unclear what the 2015 tournament dates will be.

A title sponsor for the event has not yet been announced. Accenture’s contract with the PGA Tour expired this year, and the tournament was widely expected to move away from Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., which has hosted the event for the past eight years.

Though the commitment to Harding Park is only for one year, Rec & Park general manager Phil Ginsburg told the Chronicle, “The idea here is that the Match Play has the potential to be a recurring event.”

It’s been a busy few days for the San Francisco venue, which in the past has hosted a WGC event (2005), Presidents Cup (2009) and Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour (2010, 2011, 2013). On June 26, it was reported that Harding Park will host the 2020 PGA, marking the first time since 1998 that the year’s final major has headed out west.