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Golf - World Matchplay Championship

This famous tournament's spiritual home was Wentworth in Virginia Water, England, where it was played every year from 1964 up to and including 2007.
The event used to consist of a 12-man field playing 36-hole matches played in a single day. Four seeded players were given a bye in the first round.
In 2004, the field was increased to 16 players and in 2009 the format switched to an opening round-robin, with the 16 players divided into four groups and the winners advancing to the 36-hole semi-finals.
From 2009 to 2012 it was staged at Finca Cortesín in Caseres, Spain. 

In 2011 it was moved from its traditional European autumn date to May with an expanded 24-man field split into eight groups, the top two progressing to the semi-finals. All matches played over 18 holes.
In 2013 it was staged at Thracian Cliffs in Kavarna, Bulgaria and in 2014 at the London Golf Club in Kent, England.

YEAR
WINNER
1964 ARNOLD PALMER (Usa)
1965 GARY PLAYER (Rsa)
1966 GARY PLAYER (Rsa)
1967 ARNOLD PALMER (Usa)
1968 GARY PLAYER (Rsa)
1969 BOB CHARLES (Nzl)
1970 JACK NICKLAUS (Usa)
1971
GARY PLAYER (Rsa)
1972
TOM WEISKOPF (Usa)
1973
GARY PLAYER (Rsa)
1974
HALE IRWIN (Usa) 
1975
HALE IRWIN (Usa)
1976
DAVID GRAHAM (Aus)
1977
GRAHAM MARSH (Aus)
1978
ISAO AOKI (Jap)
1979
BILL ROGERS (Usa)     
1980
GREG NORMAN (Aus)
1981
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1982
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1983
GREG NORMAN (Aus)
1984
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1985
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1986
GREG NORMAN (Aus)
1987
IAN WOOSNAM (Wal)
1988
SANDY LYLE (Sco)
1989
NICK FALDO (Eng)
1990
IAN WOOSNAM (Wal)
1991
VIJAY SINGH (Fij)
1992
NICK FALDO (Eng)  
1993
COREY PAVIN (Usa)
1994
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
1995
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
1996
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
1997
VIJAY SINGH (Fij)
1998
MARK O'MEARA (Usa)
1999
COLIN MONTGOMERIE (Sco)
2000
LEE WESTWOOD (Eng)
2001
IAN WOOSNAM (Wal)
2002
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
2003
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
2004
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
2005
MICHAEL CAMPBELL (Nzl)
2006
PAUL CASEY (Eng)
2007
ERNIE ELS (Rsa)
2008
Not held
2009
ROSS FISHER (Eng)
2010
Not held
2011
IAN POULTER (Eng)
2012 NICOLAS COLSAERTS (Bel)
2013 GRAEME McDOWELL (Nir)
2014 MIKKO ILONEN (Fin)

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