On Wednesday April 29, the 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play will tee off with a 64-man field and an entirely new format.
The tournament was moved this year from his traditional date in February to this week, the week prior to The Players Championship. This season the tournament will have 16 groups of four players who will play a round robin on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in his three matches in each group will move on to the knockout rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
TPC Harding Park is a 7,115 par 71. It first opened back in 1925 next to Lake Merced. The Sam Whiting/Willie Watson design has returned to enjoy its second heyday after going through a major restoration that saved the historic course.
Harding Park first became famous after hosting a number of golf’s important tournaments such as the 1937 and 1956 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Members of the PGA Tour such as Michael Allen, Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller frequented Harding Park while playing junior golf and developed their games at the challenging course.
During the 1960s, the course was a regular stop on the PGA Tour. It produced some very big name winners such as Billy Casper, Gary Player and the aforementioned Venturi. By the end of the 1960s, the PGA stopped playing at the park because of deteriorating conditions.
Harding Park’s lowest moment in history came when it was used during the U.S. Open in 1998 as a parking lot for nearby Olympic Club’s Lake Course. It is a moment now, hopefully in TPC Harding Park’s past.
Harding Park remained in decline in the 1980s due to neglect, until Sandy Tatum a former USGA president stepped in. Tatum backed by the PGA Tour put the course through a renovation that took 15 months.
The intent was to one day host a WGC event. In 2005, Tiger Woods won the WGC-Cadillac Championship here beating John Daly. In 2009, the Presidents Cup was held at TPC Harding Park, bringing world caliber golf to the San Francisco metro area.
In 2020, Harding Park will be the host of the PGA Championship, making it the first course in the western United States to host the event since 1998. Prime time golf will again, be fun for us to watch!