The last chance to take the record from Tiger Woods


The American matt kuchar has a chance this week to break one of the records still held by former world number 1 Tiger Woods within Dell Technologies Match Play (World Match Play). In what will be the final edition of this WGC, Kuchar is one of 64 players who will meet in Austin Country Club and he needs to win three games to break the record for wins in a tournament that dates back to 1999. Kuchar is guaranteed all three matches in the group stage starting this Wednesday.

Kuchar reached the ‘Final Four’ four times, including win in 2013, losing in the final to Kevin Kisner in 2019 and a two-time semifinalist. His career mark is 34-11-4 (wins, losses, ties). Woods, the only three-time World Match Play champion, has a 36-12 record.

“This is an event that I love, a tournament that has been really good for me,” said Kuchar after the training round on Tuesday. “It’s something I noticed and I had to ask a little,” he added.

Match Play was the most unique tournament of the World Series of Golf when it was established in 1999, and it will be the last to be played as such. The WGC in Firestone, Ohio moved to Memphis in 2019 and then became a FedEx Cup playoff event two years later.

The WGC, which first alternated between the US and Europe (it was held in Spain for two years, specifically in Valderrama, Cádiz), moved to Doral (and took on a regular PGA Tour event), and was then played in Mexico City in A could not find a sponsor for the field owned by Donald Trump, which is closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSBC Champions in Shanghai has not been played since 2019 due to the pandemic, and the China Golf Association has not allowed it to continue. He PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahandoes not expect that event to continue with the new calendar and tournaments called ‘raised’.

conspicuous absence

The Dell Match Play will be played for the last time in 2023, a blow for lovers of match play (play by holes) and for the Texan town of Austin, which will be left without a tournament. This ends with a ‘field’ of 64 players who had to drop to 77th place in the world ranking to make up for many absences, due to simple resignations (in the case of Justin Thomas) or LIV Golf (cameron smith among others).

“I guess I’m grateful to LIV for a lot of things,” laughed Kuchar, referring to this week’s $20 million purse, which is part of the PGA Tour’s response to the threat from the Saudi-funded Super League. .

Kuchar can beat Woods’ record by winning all three of his matches in the group stage, but that won’t be easy, regardless of the opponents. Kuchar is the 59th seed and will face the Norwegian Victor Hovlandto his countrymen chris kirk and in south korean yes woo kimthey all won the tournament in the last four months.

Source: La Verdad


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