Tour to announce new WGC-Match Play sponsor Oct. 1

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The PGA Tour will announce a new title sponsor for the WGC-Match Play Championship on Oct. 1, an official confirmed to GolfChannel.com on Monday.

The Match Play, which will move from Tucson to San Francisco next year, had been sponsored by Accenture since 1999, but the financial service company stepped down after this year’s event won by Jason Day.

The official would not say what company would be replacing Accenture as the title sponsor but added that the deal that will only be for one year.

To entice a new sponsor, Tour officials changed the format of the event to include three days of round-robin group play followed by the final two days of single-elimination match play on Saturday and Sunday.

The event also changed dates for 2015, moving from its traditional spot in February at the end of the West Coast swing to April 27 through May 3, a week before The Players in Florida.

The Tour also plans to add a pro-am on Saturday for the players that don’t advance to the single-elimination rounds, but the official said that is a “one-off” addition and will not necessarily be a part of future Match Plays.

Last week at the Tour Championship, commissioner Tim Finchem said the Match Play would likely switch dates after 2015 and that a decision on a permanent date and venue would likely be announced next summer.