|History: World Golf Championships|
The first three jointly sanctioned championships—the Accenture Match Play Championship (now Dell Technologies Match Play), the NEC Invitational (now Bridgestone Invitational) and the American Express Championship (now Mexico 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 starts again in Shanghai, at Sheshan International Golf Club October 27-30. The Mexico Championship will mark its inaugural year at Club de Golf Chapultepec March 1-5. The Dell Technologies Match Play continues with another exciting edition at Austin Country Club in Texas' capital city March 22-26. The World Golf Championships' season concludes at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, returning back to its late summer dates of August 2-6.
2015-16 World Golf Championships