Waiting, watching


So we’re saying there’s a chance.

After eight years in Marana, it appeared that the Accenture Match Play Championship was packing up and moving after the 2014 event. A new title sponsor would be found and a long-term commitment made to a different location.

Well, maybe.

The PGA TOUR’s Tim Finchem, a commissioner who keeps everything exceedingly close to the vest, is saying the tournament doesn’t have a set spot or location on the Tour schedule next season. While attending the tournament this past February, Finchem said he would have details about the 2015 event by April.

“This has been taking longer than we thought,” Finchem said at The Players Championship in Florida last week. “We’ll see. We probably won’t have anything to say for at least a few weeks.”

Match Play lost its late winter/early spring spot on the schedule when the Valero Texas Open was penciled in for March 26-29, two weeks before the Masters. Now, every day on the PGA TOUR calendar is spoken for between the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Jan. 9-12) and The Players Championship (May 7-10).

Finchem said the tournament could return to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain for another year, but it might have to happen May 14-17, a time when the pro tour is trekking through the Southeast. Either that or the tournament could be moved to the fall. Or not played at all next year.

The PGA TOUR has to make a decision soon; its wrap-around season means the 2015 schedule starts in October. Getting the tournament back here for at least one more year would be a bonus, one that nobody around here expected when the circus left town in February.

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