HSBC World Match Play Championship
HSBC World Match Play Championship
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Preivew of this years tournament
News and report from the 1st round
News and report from the 2nd round
News and report from the 3rd round
News and report from the 4th round
Scores from the 4th round
Golf Today report of last years event

 Dates: Thursday, October 14th through Sunday, October 17th
 Site: Wentworth Club (West Course), Surrey, England
 Course Architect: H.S. Colt (1924)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,072
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 473 Yds   10 - Par 3 184 Yds
               2 - Par 3 154 Yds   11 - Par 4 403 Yds
               3 - Par 4 447 Yds   12 - Par 5 509 Yds
               4 - Par 5 497 Yds   13 - Par 4 467 Yds
               5 - Par 3 191 Yds   14 - Par 3 179 Yds
               6 - Par 4 354 Yds   15 - Par 4 481 Yds
               7 - Par 4 396 Yds   16 - Par 4 383 Yds
               8 - Par 4 400 Yds   17 - Par 5 571 Yds
               9 - Par 4 452 Yds   18 - Par 5 531 Yds
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                    35 3,364 Yds         37 3,708 Yds
 
 Annual: 41st

 Defending Champion: Ernie Els
 Runner-Up: Thomas Bjorn
 Largest Winning Margin in Finals: Nick Faldo def. Jeff Sluman, 8 & 7, 1992
 Longest Match in Finals: Gary Player def. Graham Marsh, 1-up (40 holes), 1973
 Largest Winning Margin in any match: Mark O'Meara def. V.Singh, 11 & 10, 1998
 Longest Match: Michael Campbell def. Nick Faldo, 1-up (43 holes), 2002
 Best Single Round: 60 (Ernie Els, 2002)
 Best Match Scores: 15-under-par (Ernie Els, 2002 - 31 holes);
                                 (Colin Montgomerie, 2000 - 33 holes);
                                 (Sandy Lyle, 1986 - 37 holes)
 Total Purse: $4,377,859 (2,440,000 pounds)
 Shares: 1st Place - $1,794,204; 2nd - 717,681; Semifinalist; 215,304;
         2nd Round loser - 143,536; 1st Round loser - 107,652
 
                             2003 Results
                             ------------
 Final Match  - Ernie Els def. Thomas Bjorn, 4 & 3
 Semifinals   - Ernie Els def. Vijay Singh, 5 & 4
                Thomas Bjorn def. Ben Curtis, 2-up
 Second Round - Ernie Els def. Tim Clark, 2-up
                Thomas Bjorn def. Mike Weir, 5 & 4
                Vijay Singh def. Shaun Micheel, 1-up (38 holes)
                Ben Curtis def. Chad Campbell, 5 & 3
 First Round  - Tim Clark def. Stephen Leaney, 3 & 2
                Vijay Singh def. Alex Cejka, 8 & 7
                Chad Campbell def. Fredrik Jacobson, 6 & 5
                Thomas Bjorn def. Len Mattiace, 4 & 3
 
                 Past World Match-Play Championship Results
                 ------------------------------------------
 
 Year        Winner            Runner-up           Result
 ----        ------            ---------           ------
 2003        Ernie Els         Thomas Bjorn        4 & 3
 2002        Ernie Els         Sergio Garcia       2 & 1
 2001        Ian Woosnam       Padraig Harrington  2 & 1
 2000        Lee Westwood      Colin Montgomerie   38th hole
 1999        Colin Montgomerie Mark O'Meara        3 and 2
 1998        Mark O'Meara      Tiger Woods         1-up
 1997        Vijay Singh       Ernie Els           1-up
 1996        Ernie Els         Vijay Singh         3 & 2
 1995        Ernie Els         Steve Elkington     3 & 1
 1994        Ernie Els         Colin Montgomerie   4 & 2
 1993        Corey Pavin       Nick Faldo          1-up
 1992        Nick Faldo        Jeff Sluman         8 & 7
 1991        Seve Ballesteros  Nick Price          3 & 2
 1990        Ian Woosnam       Mark McNulty        4 & 2
 1989        Nick Faldo        Ian Woosnam         1-up
 1988        Sandy Lyle        Nick Faldo          2 & 1
 1987        Ian Woosnam       Sandy Lyle          1-up
 1986        Greg Norman       Sandy Lyle          2 & 1
 1985        Seve Ballesteros  Bernhard Langer     6 & 5
 1984        Seve Ballesteros  Bernhard Langer     2 & 1
 1983        Greg Norman       Nick Faldo          3 & 2
 1982        Seve Ballesteros  Sandy Lyle          37th hole
 1981        Seve Ballesteros  Ben Crenshaw        1-up
 1980        Greg Norman       Sandy Lyle          1-up
 1979        Bill Rogers       Isao Aoki           1-up
 1978        Isao Aoki         S.Owen              3 & 2
 1977        Graham Marsh      Ray Floyd           5 & 3
 1976        David Graham      Hale Irwin          38th hole
 1975        Hale Irwin        Al Geiberger        4 & 2
 1974        Hale Irwin        Gary Player         3 & 1
 1973        Gary Player       Graham Marsh        40th hole
 1972        Tom Weiskopf      Lee Trevino         4 & 3
 1971        Gary Player       Jack Nicklaus       5 & 4
 1970        Jack Nicklaus     Lee Trevino         2 & 1
 1969        Bob Charles       Gene Littler        37th hole
 1968        Gary Player       Bob Charles         1-up
 1967        Arnold Palmer     Peter Thomson       1-up
 1966        Gary Player       Jack Nicklaus       6 & 4
 1965        Gary Player       Peter Thomson       3 & 2
 1964        Arnold Palmer     Neil Coles          2 & 1
 
  
                                Facts and Figures
                                -----------------
 
 Most appearances:
 20 - Gary Player (1964-74 and 1976-84)
 20 - Seve Ballesteros (1976-94 and 2001)
 
 Successive appearances:
 19 - Seve Ballesteros (1976-94)
 
 Oldest winner:
 Ian Woosnam, 43 years, 5 months, 12 days, 2001
 
 Youngest winner:
 Seve Ballesteros, 24 years, 6 months, 2 days, 1981
 
 Youngest finalist:
 Sergio Garcia, 22 years, 9 months, 11 days, 2002
 
 Most wins:
 5 - Gary Player (1965, 66, 68, 71, and 73)
 5 - Seve Ballesteros (1981, 82, 84, 85 and 91)
 
 Consecutive wins:
 Ernie Els (1994-96)
 Gary Player (1965-66); Hale Irwin (1974-75)
 Seve Ballesteros (1981-82 and 84-85)
 
 Victories in three decades:
 Ian Woosnam (1987, 90, 01)
 
 Best 18 hole score:
 12-under par, Ernie Els, 2002
 11-under par, Colin Montgomerie, 2000;
 Padraig Harrington, 2001 (Final)
 
 Best match score:
 15-under par (37 holes), Sandy Lyle, 1986;
 15-under par (33 holes), Colin Montgomerie, 2000
 15-under par (31 holes), Ernie Els, 2002
 
 Best outward nine:
 28 (-7), Ian Woosnam, 2001 (Final)
 
 Best inward nine:
 30 (-7), Nick Faldo, 1989; Ronan Rafferty, 1990;
 Padraig Harrington, 2001 (Final), Ernie Els, 2002
 
 Largest winning margin:
 Mark O’Meara beat Vijay Singh, 1998 (11 & 10)
 Tom Watson beat Dale Hayes, 1978 (11 & 9)
 Ian Woosnam beat Lee Westwood, 2001 (10 & 9)
 Gary Player beat Jean Garaialde, 1969 (10 & 9)
 
 Longest matches:
 Michael Campbell beat Nick Faldo at 43rd, 2002
 Gary Player beat Graham Marsh at 40th, 1973 (Final)
 Isao Aoki beat Seve Ballesteros at 40th, 1979
 Darren Clarke beat Nick Faldo at 40th, 2000
 
 Successive birdies:
 7, Ian Woosnam, 2001 (2nd to 8th) (Final)
 7, Ian Woosnam, 1992, (23rd to 29th)
 
 Successive pars:
 16, Bob Charles, 1971, (5th to 20th);
 16, Raymond Floyd, 1977, (6th to 21st)
 
 Best comebacks:
 Gary Player, 1965, (7 down after 19 holes to Tony Lema (37th)
 Ernie Els, 1996, (6 down after 18 holes to Steve Stricker, (1 hole)
 Sandy Lyle, 1982, (6 down after 18 holes to Nick Faldo, (2 & 1)
 
 Lowest aggregate through week:
 Colin Montgomerie, 2000 (37-under par for 103 holes - avg: 65.15)
 Nick Faldo, 1989 (38-under par for 105 holes - avg : 65.24)
 Lee Westwood, 2000 (33-under par for 109 holes - avg: 65.49)
 Padraig Harrington, 2001 (42-under par for 128 holes - avg: 65.99)
 Ian Woosnam, 2001 (41-under par for 128 holes - avg: 66.14)
 
              Players in the Field (World rankings in parenthesis)
              ----------------------------------------------------
 
 Angel Cabrera (30)           Retief Goosen (5)             Thomas Levet (43)
 K.J. Choi (28)               Todd Hamilton (16)            Jeff Maggert (59)
 Scott Drummond (118)         Padraig Harrington (8)        Chris Riley (42)
 * Ernie Els (2)              Miguel Angel Jimenez (19)     Vijay Singh (1)
 Steve Flesch (34)            Bernhard Langer (86)          Mike Weir (7)
                                                            Lee Westwood (39)
 
 * - Defending champion
 
              

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