Volvo World Match Play format explained...
The field of 24 players will be drawn into eight groups of three.
Group matches will be played on Thursday and Friday. The top two players in each group will progress to the knock-out stages consisting of the last 16 and quarter-finals, played on Saturday and semi-finals and final, played on Sunday.
All matches will be contested over 18 holes of match play.
In the round-robin group stages of the tournament, the three players in each group will play each other once. Players will be awarded two points for a win and no points for a loss. If a match is tied after 18 holes each player shall receive one point. If, after all matches have been played, two or more players are tied on points the following criteria will be used to determine the order:
i) Where two players are tied within a group (in any position within the group) then their specific head to head match result will be used to identify which player is placed higher
ii) If two or more players are still tied then those players will compete in a hole-by-hole play-off.
iii) If all three players win one match in their respective group then all three players shall play-off.
NB: there will be no third/fourth play-off match on Sunday.