Match Play History

Event Formation

The Accenture Match Play Golf Championship is an annual event that made its first appearance on the golfing calendar in 1999, so there have been only a few years of exciting Accenture Match Play history. The event is one of four tournaments in the World Golf Championships, which was initiated in 1996 under the auspices of the International Federation of PGA Tours. Trevor Immelman of South Africa in action at the second hole of Accenture Matchplay Championship

Through the World Golf Championships, the International Federation of PGA Tours succeeded in bringing together major tours internationally, including the PGA Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the European Tour, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, and the Southern Africa Tour. In 2000, the Canadian Tour was added as an associate member, making the World Golf Championships a worldwide initiative, with events held over five continents. The World Golf Championships have also promoted joint sanctioning of PGA Tour members and the acceptance of a worldwide ranking system.

In 1999, the first three jointly sanctioned championships were formed – the Accenture Match Play Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the CA Championship. The World Cup of Golf debuted one year later in 2000, in Argentina.

Accenture Match Play Winnings

The appeal of the World Golf Championships to spectators and betting fans alike is the fierce competition. Strong fields are always guaranteed because only top-ranking performers are invited. Tournaments like the Accenture Match Play Championship offer some of the biggest winnings to top golfers – the first prize is often in excess of $1 million.

Accenture Match Play Sponsorship

There are three umbrella sponsors for the World Golf Championships. They are Accenture (which is also the title sponsor for the season-opening tournament), CA Championship and the Bridgestone Group. Kohler and Rolex are also official sponsors.

Accenture Match Play Charity

In 2007, the Accenture Match Play Championship raised in excess of $1.5 million for over 150 charities in Arizona communities.