“The greens are impressive and have nothing to envy Augusta national”

Sergio Garcia 


TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The inaugural winner of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in 1964 was the legendary Arnold Palmer. A visionary lawyer, Mr. Mark McCormack, decided to start a match play event with only the top 8 players in the world. Palmer and Gary Player were to dominate the first five years of the Championship with Palmer winning twice and Player three times. The early 1980s were dominated by Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros who won the title three and four times respectively between 1980 and 1986. The tournament was played as a regular match play event where 32 players started on day one, playing 36 holes each day until the final 2 players disputed the final on Sunday. 

 

In 2009 – with Volvo now at the helm – the World Match Play Championship left Wentworth for the first time in its 45 year history, moving to the glorious location of Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa in Spain. With a new sponsor and venue came a new qualification criteria and a round robin style group format which proved a big hit with the players, spectators and media. England’s Ross Fisher beat Anthony Kim 4&3 in the final, coming through a stellar field which boasted 11 of the World’s top 30 ranked players and 11 different nationalities.



“Finca Cortesin is sensational, the hotel, the golf course, the entire package is quite simply superb”

Rory McIlroy


Further enhancements were made to the format in 2011 for the second edition of the Volvo World Match Play, which saw the strongest ever field in the history of the Championship – now increased to 24 players – come together to challenge for the €800,000 first prize. With six of the current top ten players in the world in the field, including the world numbers 1, 2 and 3 in Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer all looking to stake their claim to the world number 1 spot, it was Ian Poulter who once again proved what a fantastic match play golfer he is, by taking the title in a memorable final against Luke Donald, eventually winning 2&1.

In 2012 the format was the same as in the previous year for the third edition of this magnificent event, bringing an unknown Nicolas Colsaerts to the circle of champions, who won the tournament in a close final against Graeme McDowell in very difficult and windy conditions by 1 up.

The Volvo World Match Play has lifted Finca Cortesin to group of great golf courses and world class event venues. The combination of the great championship course design and the luxurious and charm of the Finca Cortesin Hotel make the resort the ideal place to host events of the highest level and quality



“The Course is in perfect condition and the greens are immaculate. It’s a course that I really like”

Lee Westwood