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Tour tweaks round-robin format for Match Play

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DORAL, Fla. – For the second consecutive year the WGC-Dell Match Play will move to new digs. It also will have a slightly different format.

For last year’s Match Play at Harding Park in San Francisco, PGA Tour officials initiated a round-robin format that assured all 64 players would participate in the first three rounds.

However, the Tour didn’t allow for half-points (ties) for Rounds 1-3; subsequently, by Friday more than a half-dozen players had no chance of advancing.

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For this year’s event, which will be played at Austin (Texas) Country Club, the format will account for ties for the first three days, a move that officials say will keep all but two or three players from facing another meaningless Friday.

“We anticipate a very good reaction from the golf course, and yes, a lot of the players, or most of the players we talked to were in favor of a few tweaks from last year, and actually I think the tweaks are going to help the competitive nature of it,” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said on Sunday at Doral.