WGC Championship

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The WGC-Workday Championship was a professional golf tournament which in its final year was hosted at The Concession Golf Club in Florida. It was one of the four annual World Golf Championships.

WGC-Workday Championship
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Tournament information
LocationBradenton, Florida
Established1999, 23 years ago
Course(s)The Concession Golf Club
Par72
Length7,564 yards (6,917 m)
Organized byInternational Federation of PGA Tours
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$10,500,000
Month playedFebruary
Final year2021
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Tiger Woods (2006)
To par−25 Tiger Woods (2002)
Final champion
United States Collin Morikawa
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Previous names include WGC-Cadillac Championship (2011–2016) and WGC-CA Championship (2007–2010) when it was hosted at Doral Golf Resort, Florida, and WGC-American Express Championship (1999–2006) when it was hosted at various locations in Europe and the United States. From 2017 to 2020 it was the WGC-Mexico Championship and was played at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico. It was sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money was official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Tiger Woods had the record number of wins with seven.[1][2] The winner received a Wedgwood trophy named the Gene Sarazen Cup.[3]

HistoryEdit

WGC-American Express Championship (1999–2006)Edit

Founded in 1999, the first two events were held in November at the Valderrama Golf Club in Southern Spain. The third event was due to be held in Missouri, but was cancelled following the September 11 attacks in New York. The remaining five events were held in late September / early October, twice in Ireland and the United States, and once in England. The event was dominated by Tiger Woods who won five of the first seven editions.[1]

Hosting at Doral Golf Resort, Florida (2007–2016)Edit

In 2007 the PGA Tour introduced the FedEx Cup, and moved the Tour Championship forward to mid September. As the event was historically held after this date it would have meant that it would not have formed part of the PGA Tour regular season unless it was moved. The event was reinvented with a new sponsor (CA, Inc, and later Cadillac), a new hosting month (March), and a new permanent host (Doral, Florida).[1] The decision to host on the Blue Monster course at Doral Golf Resort brought to an end the Ford Championship at Doral, a regular stop on the PGA Tour in March for 45 consecutive years (1962–2006). However, due to the WGC records taking precedence over PGA Tour records, technically the Cadillac Championship succeeded the American Express event, not the Ford Championship.[4] With the WGC-World Cup losing its World Golf Championship status after the 2006 event, it meant all three remaining WGC events were permanently held in the United States which drew criticism from some players and commentators.[5]

WGC-Mexico Championship (2017–2020)Edit

After Cadillac decided not to renew sponsorship of the event, it moved to Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, just northwest of Mexico City in 2017.[6] Grupo Salinas took up sponsorship,[7] although their name does not appear in the title of the tournament. Donald Trump had purchased and renamed Trump National Doral in 2012, and many saw the move as being driven by sponsors and the PGA Tour wanting to distance themselves from controversy. It was also an opportunity to counter criticism that not enough World Golf Championship events were held outside the United States.[8][9] The Club de Golf Chapultepec is a tree-lined parkland course with tight fairways and undulating terrain, built approximately 1.36 miles (more than 7,800 feet) above sea level, which results in much longer ball flights than other golf events.[10][11] In 2017 and 2018 it continued to be held in March, which meant it interrupted the PGA Tour's "Florida Swing", but in 2019 it was moved to February to follow events on the West Coast and precede the tournaments in Florida.[9] The 2019 event was sold out due to being Tiger Woods' first professional appearance in Mexico.[12]

WGC-Workday Championship (2021)Edit

The 2021 event was originally scheduled to take place again in Mexico, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was moved to Florida in January 2021.[13] On February 16, it was announced Workday, Inc. would become the new title sponsor.[14] Collin Morikawa won the 2021 event by three strokes ahead of Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka.[15]

In August 2021, the PGA Tour released its schedule for the 2021–22 season. It was confirmed that the Mexico Championship (WGC Championship) and the FedEx St. Jude Invitational (WGC Invitational) would no longer be part of the World Golf Championships.[16]

StructureEdit

FieldEdit

The tournament consisted of a field of 72 players filled based upon the following criteria:[17]

  • Top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking (one week and two weeks prior to event)
  • Top players from member tours' money lists or orders of merit (from last complete season)
  • The highest ranked available player from Mexico in the Official World Golf Ranking (two weeks prior to event)
  • Alternates to fill field to 72 (if necessary) from the Official World Golf Ranking (one week prior to event)

FormatEdit

The tournament was a 72-hole stroke play event with no cut. If there was a tie after 72 holes, there was a sudden death playoff to decide a winner. Only three playoffs occurred in the tournament's history; in 1999,[18] 2005[19] and 2018;[20] Tiger Woods being involved in two of them.

WinnersEdit

Year Tours[a] Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Location
WGC-Workday Championship
2021 EUR, PGAT   Collin Morikawa 270 −18 3 strokes   Billy Horschel
  Viktor Hovland
  Brooks Koepka
10,500,000 1,820,000 Concession, Florida
WGC-Mexico Championship
2020 EUR, PGAT   Patrick Reed (2) 266 −18 1 stroke   Bryson DeChambeau 10,500,000 1,820,000 Chapultepec, Mexico
2019 EUR, PGAT   Dustin Johnson (3) 263 −21 5 strokes   Rory McIlroy 10,250,000 1,745,000 Chapultepec, Mexico
2018 EUR, PGAT   Phil Mickelson (2) 268 −16 Playoff   Justin Thomas 10,000,000 1,700,000 Chapultepec, Mexico
2017 EUR, PGAT   Dustin Johnson (2) 270 −14 1 stroke   Tommy Fleetwood 9,750,000 1,660,000 Chapultepec, Mexico
WGC-Cadillac Championship
2016 EUR, PGAT   Adam Scott 276 −12 1 stroke   Bubba Watson 9,500,000 1,620,000 Doral, Florida
2015 EUR, PGAT   Dustin Johnson 279 −9 1 stroke   J. B. Holmes 9,250,000 1,572,500 Doral, Florida
2014 EUR, PGAT   Patrick Reed 284 −4 1 stroke   Jamie Donaldson
  Bubba Watson
9,000,000 1,530,000 Doral, Florida
2013 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (7) 269 −19 2 strokes   Steve Stricker 8,750,000 1,500,000 Doral, Florida
2012 EUR, PGAT   Justin Rose 272 −16 1 stroke   Bubba Watson 8,500,000 1,400,000 Doral, Florida
2011 EUR, PGAT   Nick Watney 272 −16 2 strokes   Dustin Johnson 8,500,000 1,400,000 Doral, Florida
WGC-CA Championship
2010 EUR, PGAT   Ernie Els (2) 270 −18 4 strokes   Charl Schwartzel 8,500,000 1,400,000 Doral, Florida
2009 EUR, PGAT   Phil Mickelson 269 −19 1 stroke   Nick Watney 8,500,000 1,400,000 Doral, Florida
2008 EUR, PGAT   Geoff Ogilvy 271 −17 1 stroke   Jim Furyk
  Retief Goosen
  Vijay Singh
8,000,000 1,350,000 Doral, Florida
2007 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (6) 278 −10 2 strokes   Brett Wetterich 8,000,000 1,350,000 Doral, Florida
WGC-American Express Championship
2006 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (5) 261 −23 8 strokes   Ian Poulter
  Adam Scott
7,500,000 1,300,000 The Grove, England
2005 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (4) 270 −10 Playoff   John Daly 7,500,000 1,300,000 Harding Park, California
2004 EUR, PGAT   Ernie Els 270 −18 1 stroke   Thomas Bjørn 7,000,000 1,200,000 Mount Juliet, Ireland
2003 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (3) 274 −6 2 strokes   Stuart Appleby
  Tim Herron
  Vijay Singh
6,000,000 1,050,000 Capital City, Georgia
2002 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods (2) 263 −25 1 stroke   Retief Goosen 5,500,000 1,000,000 Mount Juliet, Ireland
2001 EUR, PGAT Canceled due to September 11 attacks[21] Bellerive, Missouri
2000 EUR, PGAT   Mike Weir 277 −7 2 strokes   Lee Westwood 5,000,000 1,000,000 Valderrama, Spain
1999 EUR, PGAT   Tiger Woods 278 −6 Playoff   Miguel Ángel Jiménez 5,000,000 1,000,000 Valderrama, Spain
  1. ^ EUR − European Tour; PGAT − PGA Tour.

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source:[22]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "PGA Tour Media Guide". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Heath, Elliott (August 7, 2017). "The Best Trophies In Golf". Golf Monthly. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Kelley, Brent (August 14, 2017). "PGA Tour Doral Open: Its History and Winners". ThoughtCo. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "PGA Tour chief defends US dates". BBC Sport. February 26, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "The unusual problem PGA Tour pros will face at this week's WGC-Mexico Championship". Golf Digest. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sponsors: World Golf Championships". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Hoggard, Rex (June 1, 2016). "Money aside, the Tour opted for distance from Trump". Golf Channel. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Harig, Bob (June 1, 2016). "PGA Tour moves tournament from Trump Doral to Mexico City". ESPN.
  10. ^ "Chapultepec - Mexico". Top 100 Golf Courses. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Ralph, Pat (February 19, 2019). "Five things to know about Club de Golf Chapultepec". Golf.com. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Boletos agotados para el Mexico Championship 2019". MARCA Claro México (in Spanish). February 23, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "2021 WGC-Mexico Championship to be played at The Concession Golf Club in Florida". European Tour. January 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "Workday announced as title sponsor of World Golf Championships Event at The Concession Golf Club". PGA Tour. February 16, 2021.
  15. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (February 28, 2021). "Collin Morikawa honors Tiger Woods with WGC-Workday Championship win". Golfweek. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  16. ^ "PGA Tour releases full 2021-22 schedule". PGA Tour. August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  17. ^ "Entry List". European Tour. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  18. ^ "Tiger Woods (L) is congratulated by Miguel Angel Jimenez after winning a one-hole playoff at the World Golf Championship". Alamy. November 7, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  19. ^ "Tiger wins AmEx playoff as Daly blows 3-footer". ESPN. October 9, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  20. ^ "Phil Mickelson beats Justin Thomas in dramatic playoff in Mexico". RTE. March 4, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  21. ^ "2001 PGA Tour Schedule". USA Today. December 17, 2001. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  22. ^ "Past Winners: Cadillac Championship". PGA Tour. April 18, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2013.

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