WGC Match Play moving to Texas

The WGC Match Play is moving to Austin, Texas, in 2016 and will stay there for the next four years, it was announced on Tuesday.

The tournament spent six years at Dove Mountain in Arizona before moving to San Francisco for this year’s event, beginning on April 29.

From 2016, it moves to Austin at a venue that is yet to be confirmed. It will also switch dates, moving to the week beginning March 21.

The switch to the Lone Star State was announced by the International Federation of PGA Tours as part of a four-year title sponsorship deal with Dell, which will also see the tournament be renamed to the WGC-Dell Match Play.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Dell as a sponsor of the World Golf Championships and, beginning in 2016, as the new title sponsor of the Match Play,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

“The Match Play has a tremendous future with Dell as the incoming title sponsor, the event’s move to Austin and the new round-robin format that is being introduced this year.”

Dell chairman and chief executive officer Michael Dell added: “We’re excited to sponsor the Match Play Championship, to showcase Dell technology to golf fans and to bring the world’s greatest golfers to our hometown, Austin, Texas.

“We’re also proud to support the championship’s tradition of philanthropy that has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes.”