AUSTIN, Texas – Tournament officials announced today that Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy have committed to the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club March 27-31. With the commitment of Rose, No. 2, and McIlroy, No. 6, nine of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking have already committed to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play including each of the top five in the world, setting the stage for another stellar field to battle in the unique match-play format.
“Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are two of the game’s biggest names, and we’re thrilled to have them join us in Austin this year,” said Jordan Uppleger, Executive Director of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “Their commitments add to an already stellar field, and we can’t wait to see the match-play drama unfold.”
Rose, the reigning FedExCup champion and world No. 2, is making his 12th career start at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play but first start in Austin since 2016. The 10-time PGA TOUR winner has never made it to the semifinals with a T5 in 2007 as his best finish. In four starts this season, Rose won the Farmers Insurance Open and posted a third-place finish at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
McIlroy, the 2015 champion, has 10 prior starts at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play with a win, runner-up in 2012 and solo fourth in 2016 as his best finishes. The 14-time PGA TOUR winner has made six starts this season, with five consecutive top-six finishes entering THE PLAYERS Championship this week.
Additionally, Henrik Stenson, the 2007 champion, is returning to the event for the first time since 2015. Stenson has nine career starts in the event with a win in 2007 and third-place finish in 2008 as his best efforts. En route to his 2007 victory, the six-time PGA TOUR winner knocked off Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Aaron Baddeley, Nick O’Hern and Trevor Immelman before beating Geoff Ogilvy 2&1 in the championship match.
Kisner, who will return for his fourth career start at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, produced his best finish in three tries at the 2018 edition in Austin with a runner-up effort. After halving his opening match with Adam Hadwin, Kisner rolled to victory over Bernd Wiesberger (5&4), Dustin Johnson (4&3), Matt Kuchar (1-Up), Ian Poulter (8&6), and Alex Noren (19 Holes) before falling to Bubba Watson (7&6) in the championship match.
Players already committed to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play include World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, reigning FedExCup champion Justin Rose, reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, former Longhorn Jordan Spieth, defending champion Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, and Francesco Molinari.
Upgraded hospitality for the event is no longer available, but a limited supply of daily grounds passes remain available at http://www.dellmatchplay.com for Wednesday and Thursday’s rounds at $130 plus taxes and fees and $160 plus taxes and fees for Friday-Sunday’s rounds, while weekly grounds tickets are available for $405 plus taxes and fees. As part of the best youth ticket policy in sports, the PGA TOUR and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is once again admitting one youth 18 & under in free when accompanied by a ticketed adult to come catch the best 64 players in the world battle match-play style.
Although the tournament no longer has The ULTRA Club and 360 Club presented by Microsoft tickets for Wednesday-Sunday’s rounds available, fans that remain interested in purchasing these upgraded hospitality tickets are encouraged to visit the Ticket Exchange at www.dellmatchplay.com, which is the official fan-to-fan resale marketplace of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
As one in a series of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is one of the most exciting and biggest events on golf’s calendar.