Accenture is done with the World Golf Championships match-play event it has sponsored for the last 15 years.
According to a Golfweek report, the consulting firm is not renewing as title sponsor of the 64-player, tournament-style event after it’s played next month at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
The event certainly isn’t going to fold; it’s one of the most popular in golf because match play is such a rare format for a tournament, much less one with the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking. However, it’s likely going to mean a new sponsor might have an opportunity to dictate where the event is played next.
Dove Mountain is almost surely done as tournament host after 2014, having been pelted with as many barbs from players about its layout and green complexes as beads of sleet that pummeled the course last year.
Where to next? It’s unclear.
Previous hosts to this event from 1999-2014:
- 1999-2000, 2002-06 — La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, California
- 2001 — Metropolitan Golf Club, Australia
- 2007-08 — The Gallery G.C., Marana, Ariz.
- 2009-14 — Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.