The PGA Tour has revamped the format of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, guaranteeing fans that each of the players in the field will get three matches.
All 64 players in the field will compete in 16 pools of that will face off in a round-robin format before the match-play event turns into a traditional tournament bracket setup.
The top 16 players in the Official World Golf Ranking will head up each pool. Underneath them, one player will be selected from each of three groups and assigned to a specific pool. The players in Group 1 are Seed 17-32, with Group 2 holding Seeds 33-48 and Group 3 containing Seeds 49-64.
The draw creates unpredictability and may generate some fascinating pool-play matches.
New for 2016, each of the pool-play matches can end in an 18-hole tie, with each player earning a half-point. That means the odds of there being meaningless Friday matches will go down dramatically.
Round-robin play runs Wednesday-Friday of tournament week, with the best player in each group advancing to the Round 16 on Saturday morning. By Saturday’s end, the final eight will be decided. On Sunday, the semifinals will be played in the morning, with the championship and consolation matches on Sunday afternoon.