TPC Harding Park will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America president Ted Bishop and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee made the announcement at a City Hall news conference Wednesday. Finchem said the coordination between the PGA Tour and PGA of America to stage all three events at the same venue is unprecedented.
"Today is an announcement of a lot of firsts," Finchem said.
The 2015 Match Play will have a new format. It will offer a similar structure to the World Cup, with group play leading into single-elimination matches. The reconfiguration will ensure that each player is around for at least three days. In the past, single-elimination from the outset often led to quick exits for top players and fan favorites.
The PGA Championship hasn't been played on the West Coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. The 2020 event at Harding Park also gives California majors in three straight years, with the U.S. Open going to Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.
Harding Park hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009. The event features 24 of the world's top golfers -- 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe -- in a team match-play competition.
The PGA Tour's commitment to hold Match Play at Harding Park is only for one year. The tournament had been held in February the past eight years at Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. But the tour's contract with title sponsor Accenture ended after this year's event, leaving the Match Play's future uncertain.
Next year's Match Play is April 29-May 3 -- the week before The Players Championship -- to improve the chances of dry conditions at Harding. The top 64 players in the World Golf Ranking will be divided into 16 groups of four players.
There will be round-robin match play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The winner of each group will advance to the round of 16 on Saturday morning.
Head-to-head results will be used to break two-way ties, with sudden-death playoffs for three-way ties. The quarterfinals will be played Saturday afternoon, the semifinals Sunday morning and the title match and consolation match Sunday afternoon.
British Open: The R&A extended an exemption to Tom Watson when golf's oldest championship returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2015. Watson holds The Open record for winning on five links courses -- Carnoustie, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale. But he has never won at the Home of Golf.
"I'll be there if I have to drag myself," said Watson, whose exemption was to run out this year at Royal Liverpool (July 17-20). ...
The Open will return to Royal Birkdale in 2017 and Carnoustie in 2018. Royal Troon will host in 2016.