WGC-Accenture Match Play final to be reduced to 18-hole match for TV

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The final day of the Accenture Match Play now will feature two 18-hole semifinal matches in the morning followed by an 18-hole final match in the afternoon.
Associated Press


Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010 | 12:10 a.m.

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship will now be decided in an 18-hole championship match that the PGA Tour hopes will make for better television.

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the policy board approved the change last week, although it remains subject to TV approval. NBC Sports televises the weekend of the Match Play Championship.

Under the change, the eight quarterfinal matches will be Saturday, with 18-hole semifinal matches Sunday morning, followed by the championship match. Previously, the championship match was 36 holes.

Only twice in 12 years of the tournament has the player leading after 18 holes failed to win -- Davis Love III in 2004 against Tiger Woods, and Andrew Magee in 1999 against Jeff Maggert. Two other championship matches were tied after 18 holes.