29 Mar '16, 12pm

Match play illuminates certain competitive elements that stroke play never can

Match play presents the extremes for those who watch professional golf. The experience can range from the very worst (think a 36-hole final between two obscure players that turns into a blowout) to the very best (an impossibly taut Sunday at the Ryder Cup). The WGC-Dell Match Play Championship was much closer to the latter. The five days at Austin Country Club saw many hard-fought matches contested among the best players in golf on an interesting course. Most importantly, on the weekend, it had what match-play tournaments need most: showdowns among stars. That was the simple formula of the original World Match Play at Wentworth near London, and why the event in its heyday was special. Sure, it had only eight contestants when it began in 1964. But all were big names, especially the original Big Three of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Palmer won the first inau...

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