|At the 1996 Presidents Cup, golf’s five world governing bodies—the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour—reached agreement on several key elements of professional golf designed to create new international events, beginning in 1999.|
- Formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours;
- A structure for a generally accepted worldwide ranking system;
- Joint sanctioning by the members of the International Federation of PGA Tours of significant competitions, including some at the world championship level for the game’s top players.
Those “significant competitions” were announced in October 1997 when the Federation introduced the World Golf Championships. The World Golf Championships were developed to enhance the competitive structure of professional golf worldwide while preserving the traditions and strengths of the individual Tours and their events.
The first three jointly sanctioned championships—the Accenture Match Play Championship, the NEC Invitational (now Bridgestone Invitational) and the American Express Championship (now Cadillac Championship)—were launched in 1999 with Jeff Maggert winning the first event and Tiger Woods the latter two. The addition of the World Cup was announced in December 1999 and was played as a World Golf Championships event from 2000-06. The 2008 season marked the 10th year of the World Golf Championships, and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, was added to the series in 2009.
The World Golf Championships’ events feature players from around the world competing in varied formats. World Golf Championships’ events have been contested on five continents and in 10 countries and feature some of the largest purses in professional golf.
|The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours as a full-fledged member in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour was named an associate member in March 2000. The Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as an associate member in 2007. In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in June 2009 to include additional professional golf tours, including—for the first time—women’s golf tours. As part of the restructure, the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas became part of the full-fledged membership, and the following professional golf organizations became members of the International Federation of PGA Tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golf Tour Corp.; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; Ladies Asian Golf Tour.|
The operational aspects of the World Golf Championships continue to be overseen by a committee composed of the original members of the Federation (Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and the Sunshine Tour).
Grupo Salinas, Dell Technologies, Bridgestone and HSBC are the umbrella sponsors of the World Golf Championships. Rolex is the official sponsor. Fields for the World Golf Championships are filled primarily through the Official World Golf Ranking, which is endorsed by all the sport’s major professional organizations and governing bodies, and individual Tours’ tournament winners as well as leaders of Tours’ official money lists/orders of merit.
The 2015-16 World Golf Championships season began in Shanghai, with Russell Knox winning his first World Golf Championships at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Country Club in November 2015. Cadillac continued to host the Cadillac Championship in South Florida in early March, a tournament won by Adam Scott to make for his second World Golf Championships victory. As the event moves to Mexico in 2017, Grupo Salinas will be the new title sponsor. Dell Technologies sponsored the Dell Technologies Match Play for the first time in 2016 as the event also moved to a new home in Austin, Texas. Held April 1-6 at Austin Country Club, Jason Day won the event for the second time, coming out of a tight race to the finish with Rory McIlory in the semifinals and ultimately emerging 5&4 over Louis Oosthuizen in the finals. The World Golf Championships' season concluded at the Bridgestone Invitational at its historic home at Firestone Country Club. Dustin Johnson won his third World Golf Championships title over Jason Day with an all-world Sunday 66 .
The 2016-17 World Golf Championships season started in Shanghai, at Sheshan International Golf Club. Hideki Matsuyama won, becoming the first Asian player to win a World Golf Championships tournament. The Mexico Championship marked its inaugural year at Club de Golf Chapultepec, with Johnson winning. Johnson made it two World Golf Championships titles in a row when he won the Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Texas' capital city March 22-26. The World Golf Championships' season concluded at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Matsuyama winning his second World Golf Championships title of the season.
Dates: October 27-30, 2017
Site: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
Format: 72 holes of stroke play
Field: Approximately 78 players, consisting of tournament winners from around the world and the best players from the International Federation of PGA Tours, as dictated by each Tour’s money list, Order of Merit, etc.
2016 Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Contact: Marc Webster, Executive Director
Trophy: Old Tom Morris Cup
The HSBC Group
HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. With around 4,400 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.
We serve around 46 million customers through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.
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Dates: March 1-5, 2017
Site: Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Format: 72 holes of stroke play
Field: Estimated field size - 75 players
The top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017; the top-50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 27, 2017; the top-30 players from the final 2015-16 FedExCup Points List; the top-10 players from the PGA TOUR FedExCup points list as of February 27, 2017; the top-20 players from the final 2015 European Tour Order of Merit; the top-10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit as of February 29, 2017; the top-two players from the final 2016 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit; the top-two players from the final 2016 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit; the top-two players from the final 2016 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit; the top-two players from the final 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit; the highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 20, 2017, if not otherwise eligible.
2017 Champion: Dustin Johnson
Contact: Gerald Goodman, Executive Director
Trophy: Gene Sarazen Cup
About Grupo Salinas
Grupo Salinas (www.gruposalinas.com) consists of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies that focus on creating shareholder value and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas, Grupo Salinas provides a forum to develop entrepreneurship and supports decision-making among the executives who lead the group´s companies which include: TV Azteca, Azteca America, Grupo Elektra, Banco Azteca, Seguros Azteca Afore Azteca, Advance America, Italika, Punto Casa de Bolsa, Azteca Internet, Totalplay and Enlace. Grupo Salinas´ companies generate annual revenues of approximately $5 billion dollars in media, retail, financial services, telecommunications and Internet industries. Grupo Salinas´ companies operate in Mexico, United States, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and Panama.
For Grupo Salinas it´s essential that prosperity is also reflected in the communities where their companies operate. Through Fundación Azteca, it promotes multiple causes seeking synergies with society, other companies and governments. Grupo Salinas´ social initiatives include projects such as: the Esperanza Azteca Orchestra, Campus Azteca, Movimiento Azteca, Juguetón, Limpiemos nuestro México, Vive, Que Viva la Selva Lacandona, A Quién Corresponda, Caminos a la Libertad, Kybernus, and Ciudad de las Ideas.
|Dell Technologies Match Play |
Dates: March 22-26, 2017
Site: Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
Format: Match play (hole-by-hole competition)
Field: The top-64 available players based on the Official World Golf Ranking released Monday, March 13, 2017
2017 Champion: Dustin Johnson
Contact: Jordan Upplegger, Executive Director
Trophy: Walter Hagen Cup
Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.
Dates: August 2-6, 2017
Site: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio
Format: 72 holes of stroke play
Field: Estimated field size – 75 players
Playing members of the 2016 U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams; the top-50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 24, 2017; the top-50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 31, 2017; tournament winners, whose victories are considered official, of tournaments from the Federation Tours since the prior season's Bridgestone Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more; the winner of the following tournament from each of the following Tours:
1. Japan Golf Tour: Japan Golf Tour Championship (2017) and Bridgestone Open (2016)
2. PGA Tour of Australasia: Australian PGA Championship (2016)
3. Sunshine Tour: Dimension Data Pro-Am (2017)
4. Asian Tour: TBD
2017 Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Contact: Don Padgett, Executive Director
Trophy: Gary Player Trophy
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.