Volvo, IMG and the European Tour ended speculation today when they confirmed that the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played on the International Course at London Golf Club, Kent, England, from October 15-19.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the inaugural Championship, won by Arnold Palmer at Wentworth in 1964, the 2014 Championship will revert to a 16-man field and offer a prize fund of €2.25m (just over US$3 million) with a first prize of €650,000 (approx US$880,000).
Endorsing the move to the Championship’s former traditional October date as well as a long awaited return to the United Kingdom, the first two players to qualify for the elite field – defending Champion, Graeme McDowell and winner of the 2013 Race to Dubai and 2013 FedEx Cup, Henrik Stenson - were quick to confirm their participation.
McDowell commented, “I think it is fantastic that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played in England for this special anniversary. I enjoyed everything about my victory last year at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria. The course was spectacular and any event that Volvo are involved in as a sponsor is always a privilege to win. It seems right though to celebrate the Championship’s anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years.”
The Northern Irish star continued, “I have heard that the International Course at London Golf Club is a great track and I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself. I finished 3rd at the 2008 European Open on the Heritage Course there and I think it will make for a fantastic venue. I'm very much looking forward to defending my title there in October.”