AUSTIN, Texas — On multiple levels, gear from the 2023 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event at Austin Country Club could wind up as collectibles in the near future.
This year’s playing of the event will be the last in Austin, as Jordan Uppleger, vice president and executive director of PGA Tour championship management, made the announcement to the media in early March.
In February, Golfweek reported that the event would be shuttered after this year’s playing. Its spot on the 2024 schedule, which is typically in late March on the back end of the Florida Swing, is expected to be filled by the Cadence Bank Houston Open, unless it prefers a date in the late April/early May timeframe instead as part of a shuffling of events.
Meanwhile, the World Golf Championships, which debuted in 1999 as a response to a potential rival golf league, could also be riding off into the sunset. Of the five events once contested, only the WGC-Champions event has yet to be officially killed off, but the event hangs in limbo.
As for this week, players will battle at Austin Country Club, designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1984. The club was founded in 1899, but moved from one course to another before Dye built the club its third course, which is tied for fifth in Texas on Golfweek’s Best list of private clubs. It also ties for No. 88 on Golfweek’s Best list of modern courses built in or after 1960 in the U.S.
Check out the best merchandise of the week from the 2023 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.