World Golf Championships facts and figures
Your one-stop source for the four WGC events
November 05, 2014
By Sean Martin and Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
The first World Golf Championships event was played the last week of February in 1999, and it featured a dramatic ending. Jeff Maggert chipped in to defeat Andrew Magee on the second extra hole of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Match Play's championship match.
Fifteen years later, the WGC rotation consists of four events, including this week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. It's the final WGC event of the calendar year but the first of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. The other three will be played in 2015 -- the Cadillac Championship, the Cadillac Match Play Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational.
To get you up to speed on all things WGC-related, check out the info below.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENTS
Date: Nov. 3-9, 2014; Shanghai, China
Course: Sheshan International Golf Club (par 72, 7,266 yards) has been host of the HSBC Champions in four of its five years as a World Golf Championships event. The layout features tree-lined fairways and gentle rolling hills around 1,000-year-old Gingko trees and a natural quarry. Sheshan International is set in the shadow of the Basilica of our Lady of Sheshan Cathedral and surrounded by Tuscan-inspired villas.
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (not in field)
Previous winners: Ian Poulter (2012), Martin Kaymer (2011), Francesco Molinari (2010), Phil Mickelson (2009)
Date: March 2-9, 2015; Doral, Florida
Course: The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral (par 72, 7,608 yards) has been the tournament site since 2007 but underwent a major renovation by Gil Hanse and design associate Dick Wilson prior to last year's event. Hanse and Wagner put the teeth back in the Monster, which was the third-hardest course on TOUR last season, and the hardest course not used in a major. The elite field played to a 73.85 stroke average. The course features a series of strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and deep Bermuda rough. Then, of course, there’s the water-lined 18th hole, which was the 26th-hardest hole on TOUR last season, averaging 4.34 strokes.
Defending champion: Patrick Reed
Previous winners: Tiger Woods (2013), Justin Rose (2012), Nick Watney (2011), Ernie Els (2010), Phil Mickelson (2009), Geoff Ogilvy (2008), Tiger Woods (2007), Tiger Woods (2006), Tiger Woods (2005), Ernie Els (2004), Tiger Woods (2003), Tiger Woods (2002), Mike Weir (2000), Tiger Woods (1999). (No tournament held in 2001 due to 9/11)
Date: April 27-May 3, 2015; San Francisco
Course: TPC Harding Park (par 72, 7,169 yards) is hosting the Cadillac Match Play Championship for the first time. The municipal course is owned by the city and county of San Francisco and is named after former President Warren G. Harding. TPC Harding Park was designed by Willie Watson, who also designed the nearby Olympic Club, and Sam Whiting and opened in 1925. The course, which is set against Lake Merced, was a frequent PGA TOUR stop in the 1960s, with World Golf Hall of Fame members Ken Venturi, Billy Casper and Gary Player among the winners. The course underwent a major renovation before hosting the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship and 2009 Presidents Cup. It's also scheduled to host the 2020 PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup. (More on TPC Harding Park)
Defending champion: Jason Day
Previous winners: Matt Kuchar (2013), Hunter Mahan (2012), Luke Donald (2011), Ian Poulter (2010), Geoff Ogilvy (2009), Tiger Woods (2008), Henrik Stenson (2007), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), David Toms (2005), Tiger Woods (2004), Tiger Woods (2003), Kevin Sutherland (2002), Steve Stricker (2001), Darren Clarke (2000), Jeff Maggert (1999)
Date: Aug. 3-9, 2015; Akron, Ohio
Course: Firestone Country Club South (par 70, 7,400 yards) has been a PGA TOUR host for decades. The parkland layout challenges players with its length and tree-lined fairways. The 16th hole is a hefty par-5 of 667 yards, with a lake in front of the green. The final hole also adds some teeth to the finishing stretch. It is a par-4 of 464 yards, with a long, narrow green defended by bunkers. Past winners at Firestone include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Byron Nelson, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Nick Price.
Defending champion: Rory McIlroy
Previous winners: Tiger Woods (2013), Keegan Bradley (2012), Adam Scott (2011), Hunter Mahan (2010), Tiger Woods (2009), Vijay Singh (2008), Tiger Woods (2007), Tiger Woods (2006), Tiger Woods (2005), Stewart Cink (2004), Darren Clarke (2003), Craig Parry (2002), Tiger Woods (2001), Tiger Woods (2000), Tiger Woods (1999)
No one has dominated the World Golf Championships more than Tiger Woods, who counts 18 WGCs among his 79 PGA TOUR victories. Here's a look at the seven players who have won more than one World Golf Championship.
|WGC wins||Player||Last WGC victory|
|18||Tiger Woods||2013 Bridgestone Invitational|
|3||Geoff Ogilvy||2009 Accenture Match Play Championship|
|2||Darren Clarke||2003 NEC Invitational|
|2||Ernie Els||2010 CA Championship|
|2||Phil Mickelson||2009 CA Championship|
|2||Hunter Mahan||2012 Accenture Match Play Championship|
|2||Ian Poulter||2012 HSBC Championship|
MOST WGC STARTS
England's Lee Westwood, who is making his 45th World Golf Championship start this week, has played more WGCs than any other player. Although Westwood has yet to win a WGC, he does have 10 top-10 finishes, including three at the HSBC Championship. (* - total includes this week's event)
|WGC starts||Player||Best result|
|45 *||Lee Westwood||2nd, three times|
|43 *||Ernie Els||Two wins|
|41||Tiger Woods||18 wins|
|40 *||Jim Furyk||2nd, three times|
|40||Padraig Harrington||2nd, one time|
|40||Phil Mickelson||Two wins|
Tiger Woods has three of the four lowest scores posted in World Golf Championships history.
|25 under||Tiger Woods||2002 Cadillac Championship||Mount Juliet Estate (Kilkenny, Ireland)|
|23 under||Tiger Woods||2006 Cadillac Championship||The Grove (Hertfordshire, England)|
|21 under||Tiger Woods||2000 Bridgestone Invitational||Firestone Golf Club (Akron, Ohio)|
|21 under||Ian Poulter||2012 HSBC Champions||Mission Hills Olazabal Course (Dongguan, China)|