- World Golf Championships
The World Golf Championships are a group of three annual events for male professional golfers created by the
International Federation of PGA Tours, which are official money events on the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour:
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
These events all began in 1999, although the Bridgestone Invitational is the direct successor of the World Series of Golf, which began in 1976. The CA Championship superseded a long-standing event at the Doral Resort in Florida after the 2006 season. It previously traveled to different venues around the world. The objective was to create a larger group of golf tournaments with a high global profile by bringing the leading golfers from different tours together on a more regular basis, rather than just for the major championships. At the time the publicity spoke of a "World Tour" which might develop on the basis of the World Championships and the majors. That concept seems to have been dropped, but the three events usually attract entries from almost all of the elite players who are eligible to compete and they rank among the most prestigious and high profile events outside of the majors. The prize money on offer is very close to being the highest for any professional golf tournament. Winners generally receive 70 to 78 Official World Golf Ranking Points, the most awarded for any tournament apart from the major championships, which carry 100 points, and
The Players Championship, which is allocated 80. [ Prior to 2007, the official points allocations were half of these values, but points won in the current year were given a weighting of 2 in the ranking calculation. The system was revised in 2007, so that points are now given an initial weighting of 1, which then tapers to zero over a two-year period starting 13 weeks after the award.] Tiger Woodshas dominated these tournaments, winning 15 of the first 28 events and winning at least one event each year since their inception.
From 2000 to 2006 the men's golf World Cup, a tournament for teams of two players representing their country was a World Golf Championship event, although it was not an official money event on any tour. Beginning in 2007 it is no longer part of the World Golf Championships, but it is still played, and is currently known as the Mission Hills World Cup.
From 2000 to 2006 most years two or three of the four events were staged in the
United Statesand one or two were staged elsewhere. All three of the individual World Golf Championships events will be played in the United States from 2007, which has attracted criticism from some golfers, including Tiger Woodsand Ernie Els, and in the media outside the United States. PGA TourCommissioner Tim Finchemhas responded by insisting that playing in the U.S is best for golf as more money can be made there than elsewhere. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/4753774.stm] and have stated that they would like to add a new WGC individual event in China, which will start in 2008 at the earliest.
Below is a list of winners. There is a more detailed table for each tournament in its own article. From 1999 to 2006, the order of play was: Match Play, Invitational, Championship.
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