AUSTIN, Texas — Golfers will tee off one last time for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin this year, starting on Wednesday, March 22.
Dell Match Play has been a part of the World Golf Championships (WGC) schedule since 2016 when Dell became the title sponsor and Austin Country Club became the host venue. WGC is among the highest ranked tournaments for golfers behind the major tournaments, the Players Championship and the Tour's flagship event.
Jordan Uppleger, vice president and executive director of PGA Tour Championship Management, said there have been three key components to the PGA event. Those include an active title sponsor, engaging country club and supporting community.
Uppleger said there's no doubt the event has exceeded all those expectations in the time it has been in Austin.
"I've talked to a few players, but they love coming here to Austin, Texas. The hospitality that the club has been able to showcase is second to none, and what Dell has been able to showcase with their gifting," Uppleger said. "When they show up here, I think it's a special week for our players. So I'm sure that they're going to miss, you know, a lot of the components of that."
On Giving Tuesday, tournament officials announced that the 2022 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play contributed more than $1.2 million to charity, including
Dell Children's and First Tee – Greater Austin. Overall, throughout the 8-course span, Dell has been able to donate $6 million to local charities.
"Giving back is ingrained in our culture. We will continue to look for ways in Austin, Texas, to support this community. When you think of what we already do, how we're involved deeply from a giving perspective – for every team member that gives, Dell matches up to $10,000," said Liz Matthews, senior vice president of Dell Technologies Global Brand & Creative.
Former Texas star Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 golfer in the world, is the defending champion of Dell Match Play. Scheffler recently won this year's Phoenix Open.
For this final year of Dell Match Play, Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka is offering "Tito’s Bogey Boat" tickets to the first 10 fans that stop by the Love, Tito’s Retail Store, on the mornings of both Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24. Stationed by the Austin 360 Bridge, overlooking the 13th hole – a well-known area for fan entertainment – the lakeside experience will feature a live DJ, photo booth, tasty bites, one-of-a-kind view of the Dell Match Play, and more.
While at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store, attendees can also shop all of the Tito’s golf apparel and accessories, including pieces from the William Murray Golf collaboration, with 100% of net proceeds go to the nonprofit of the shopper's choice.
Golfers will hit the links between March 22 through March 26 for the final Dell Match Play. The winner will take home $3.5 million in prize money.
The Candence Bank Houston Open is set to replace Dell Match Play next year.