2021 WGC-Workday Preview

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2021 WGC-Workday Preview

  • Dates: February 22-28, 2021
  • Where: Bradenton, Florida
  • Course: The Concession Golf Club (36-36—72/7,474)
  • Defending champion: Patrick Reed
  • Purse: $10,500,000 ($1,820,000 to the winner)
  • FedExCup: 550 points to the winner
  • Format: 72-hole stroke play (no cut)
  • Field: 73

Things to Know

  • On January 15, the PGA TOUR announced that due to logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship would be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida
  • The newly-named World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession is the first World Golf Championships event of the season following the cancellation of the 2020 HSBC Champions
  • 48 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field, tied for the most on TOUR this season and most in any non-major since the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
  • Defending champion Patrick Reed seeks third tournament title at a third different venue
  • With a win, Rory McIlroy would become the second player to win all four World Golf Championships titles in his career, joining Dustin Johnson
  • Johnson, the No. 1 player in the OWGR and reigning FedExCup champion, seeks his fourth tournament title and seventh WGC victory; Johnson’s six WGC titles are second only to Tiger Woods (18)
Aerial View of the Concession Golf Club

About The Concession Golf Club

  • Named for the iconic putt Jack Nicklaus conceded to Tony Jacklin that led to a tie in the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale, The Concession Golf Club was born in honor of the historic act of sportsmanship
  • Designed by Nicklaus in association with Jacklin, Concession was unveiled in 2006
  • Hosted the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship, with SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau earning individual medalist honors and LSU claiming the team title
  • The Concession was designed to have a natural look, with no housing lining the course
  • The Concession is a par 72 that can play to 7, 474 yards.

Field Notes

  • 21 of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings, including each of the top 10; second event of the season with all of the top 10 players in the FedExCup standings and first since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
  • 48 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (most in any PGA TOUR event since the 2020 U.S. Open and most in a non-major since the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play)
  • All 30 players that qualified for the 2020 TOUR Championship; last event with all players from the previous season’s TOUR Championship: 2019 U.S. Open
  • Four past champions of the WGC-Workday Championship: Justin Rose (2012), Adam Scott (2016), Dustin Johnson (2015, 2017, 2019), Patrick Reed (2014, 2020)
  • Five FedExCup champions: Billy Horschel (2014), Justin Thomas (2017), Justin Rose (2018), Rory McIlroy (2016, 2019), Dustin Johnson (2020)
  • Seven players making their first start in a World Golf Championships event: Laurie Canter, Thomas Detry, Rasmus Hojgaard, Min Woo Lee, Trevor Simsby, Sami Valimaki, Will Zalatoris)
  • 16 major championship winners combining for 24 titles, led by Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy (4 each)
  • Five players that competed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship at The Concession Golf Club: Bryson DeChambeau (winner/SMU), Thomas Detry (T3/Illinois), Jon Rahm (T22/Arizona State), Xander Schauffele (T45/San Diego State), Scottie Scheffler (T33/Texas)
  • 20 countries represented; country with the most players: United States (30)

WGC-Workday Championship and the FedExCup

  • 20th event of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season
  • 13 of the 14 winners of the event in the FedExCup era have advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship, including each winner since the FedExCup format changed prior to the 2009 season
  • 2020 champion Patrick Reed finished No. 8 in the final FedExCup standings
  • Tiger Woods is the only player to win the event and go on to win the FedExCup in the same season (2007)

Current FedExCup standings

PositionPlayerPointsWinsTop-10sPoints BehindStarts
1Patrick Cantlay1,234149
2Dustin Johnson1,098141365
3Xander Schauffele1,091051438
4Viktor Hovland978132568
5Harris English9601527410
6Tony Finau918053169
7Justin Thomas840043948
8Joaquin Niemann837033979
9Carlos Ortiz8291340512
10Max Homa8031243111

A look back at the 2020 WGC-Workday Championship

PosPlayerR1R2R3R4Total
1Patrick Reed69636767266 (-18)
2Bryson DeChambeau68637165267 (-17)
T3Jon Rahm72696167269 (-15)
T3Erik van Rooyen70626770269 (-15)
5Rory McIlroy65696868270 (-14)
  • Patrick Reed claimed his eighth PGA TOUR victory, second World Golf Championships title and second tournament title (2014)
  • Won in his 211th start at age 29 years, 6 months, 18 days; first victory since 2019 THE NORTHERN TRUST
  • Became the fifth multiple winner of the event (Tiger Woods/7 times, Dustin Johnson/3 times, Ernie Els/twice, Phil Mickelson/twice)

Additional Patrick Reed notes

  • Nine-time PGA TOUR winner; making first PGA TOUR start since win at the Farmers Insurance Open
  • In search of his third tournament title on third different golf course (2014/Trump National Doral, 2020/Club de Golf Chapultepec)
  • Looks to become the sixth player with three or more World Golf Championships titles

Active streaks on TOUR

  • Daniel Berger has recorded 26 consecutive scores of par or better, the longest active streak on TOUR; had a streak of 32 such rounds during the 2019-20 season, which was the eighth-longest streak on record (since 1983)

Most consecutive rounds of par or better (since 1983)

Season(s)NameStreak
2000-01Tiger Woods52
2001-02Fred Funk38
1996-97David Ogrin35
2002-03Charles Howell III34
2000-01Vijay Singh34
2001-02Kenny Perry33
2019-20Harris English33
2019-20Daniel Berger32
  • Xander Schauffele has recorded 16 consecutive top-25s on the PGA TOUR, the sixth-longest streak since 1990

Most consecutive top-25s on the PGA TOUR (since 1990)

StreakPlayerStartEnd
38Tiger Woods1999 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational2001 PGA Championship (T29)
24Tiger Woods2007 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide2009 The Open Championship (MC)
20Tiger Woods2004 THE PLAYERS Championship2005 THE PLAYERS Championship (T53)
18Tiger Woods2002 Buick Open2003 PGA Championship (T39)
17Rory McIlroy2013 WGC-HSBC Champions2015 The Honda Classic (MC)
16Xander Schauffele2020 Travelers ChampionshipActive streak
  • No player has won multiple tournaments through 19 weeks, the longest streak to start a season since 1994 (Nick Price won his second tournament in the 21st week of the season)

Top player notes

World No. 1 and reigning FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson

  • Seeks his fourth tournament title (2015, 2017, 2019) and seventh WGC victory
  • Six wins in WGC events are second only to Tiger Woods (18)
  • Collected his fourth top-10 in five starts this season at The Genesis Invitational (T8)
  • Has finished no worse than T12 in his last 10 PGA TOUR starts
  • With a win, would move into a tie for 23rd on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list (25; Tommy Armour, Johnny Miller, Macdonald Smith)

Jon Rahm

  • Shot a tournament record 61 in third round at Club de Golf Chapultepec in 2020
  • Has two T3s in four appearances at the event (2017, 2020)
  • Four career top-10s in WGCs; best finish: 2nd, 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
  • Finished T22 at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at The Concession Golf Club

Bryson DeChambeau

  • 2020 runner-up looks to claim first World Golf Championships victory
  • Individual medalist for SMU at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship at The Concession Golf Club
  • Won in his first start of the season at the U.S. Open and has recorded two top-10s since (T8/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, T7/Sentry Tournament of Champions)
  • Seven-time PGA TOUR winner enters the week following a missed cut at The Genesis Invitational

Rory McIlroy

  • Looks to become the second player to win all four World Golf Championships titles in his career, joining Dustin Johnson (finished 5th in 2020, his first attempt)
  • Eight top-10 finishes in the event without a victory, including each of his last five starts
  • Owns three career WGC titles: 2014 FedEx St. Jude Invitational, 2015 Dell Technologies Match Play, 2019 HSBC Champions
  • Collected top-10 finishes at both major championships to date during the 2020-21 season (T8/U.S. Open, T5/Masters Tournament)

Tyrrell Hatton

  • Making seventh start of the season and first since The RSM Classic in November (T23); best result of the season: T3/THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK
  • Enters the week No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest position of his career
  • Has three top-10s in four starts at the event, highlighted by a T3 in 2018; five total top-10s in WGCs
  • Won the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard for his first PGA TOUR title

Additional player notes

  • FedExCup standings leader Patrick Cantlay is in search of first World Golf Championships title; owns three top-10s in nine WGC appearances
  • World No. 48 Will Zalatoris is among the seven players making their first start in a World Golf Championships event; earned Special Temporary Membership after five starts and has seven top-25s in 10 starts on the season
  • Max Homa qualified for the WGC-Workday Championship by moving into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (and top 10 in the FedExCup standings) with his win at The Genesis Invitational last week; victory was the second of Homa’s PGA TOUR career and first since the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship
  • Sergio Garcia, making his 63rd career start in a World Golf Championships event, is in search of his first WGC title; owns nine top-10s in the WGC-Workday Championship
  • Lee Westwood making his 62nd career World Golf Championships start (58th official on the PGA TOUR) in search of his first title
  • Seven players have earned their first PGA TOUR title in a World Golf Championships event: Darren Clarke (2000 Dell Technologies Match Play), Kevin Sutherland (2002 Dell Technologies Match Play), Craig Parry (2002 FedEx St. Jude Invitational), Henrik Stenson (2007 Dell Technologies Match Play), Ian Poulter (2010 Dell Technologies Match Play), Shane Lowry (2015 FedEx St. Jude Invitational), Russell Knox (2015 HSBC Champions)

Tournament records and history

  • 18-hole score: 61 (Jon Rahm/R3/2020/Club de Golf Chapultepec)
  • 72-hole score: 261 (Tiger Woods/2006/The Grove)
  • Largest margin of victory: 8 strokes (Tiger Woods/2006/The Grove)
  • Best come-from-behind win: 5 strokes (Dustin Johnson/2015/Trump National Doral)
  • Playoffs: 3 (most recent: 2018/Phil Mickelson def. Justin Thomas); 18 of 21 WGC-Workday Championships have been decided by two strokes or fewer
  • Holes-in-one: 13 (most recent: Jon Rahm/R3/2020, Chez Reavie/R3/2020)

Impact

As part of their sponsorship of the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession, Workday will support organizations near and dear to their company like Eat. Learn. Play, Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, and Year Up. The event will also support several charitable organizations in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.

Eligibility for the WGC-Workday Championship – Minimum 72-player field

  • Top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 15, 2021
  • Top 50 players, including any players tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 22, 2021
  • Top 30 players from the final 2020 FedExCup Points List
  • Top 10 players from the FedExCup Points List as of February 22, 2021
  • Top 20 players from the final 2020 Race to Dubai Ranking
  • Top 10 players from the Race to Dubai Ranking as of February 8, 2021
  • Top two players from the final 2020 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
  • Top two players from the final 2020 Australasian Tour Order of Merit
  • Top two players from the final 2020 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
  • Top two players from the final 2020 Asian Tour Order of Merit
  • The highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 15, 2021. If the highest ranked available player from Mexico from the Official World Golf Ranking is otherwise eligible, the next highest ranked available player from Mexico within the top 300 on the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 15, 2021.
  • If needed to fill the field, below 50th position on the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 22, 2021

About Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries – from medium-sized businesses to more than 45 percent of the Fortune 500. For more information about Workday, visit workday.com.

World Golf Championships

The World Golf Championships are sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. Events in the World Golf Championships series include the Workday Championship (Bradenton, Florida, USA), the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, Texas, USA), the FedEx St. Jude Invitational (Memphis, Tennessee, USA) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). World Golf Championship events are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 32 languages. The series as a whole has generated nearly $60 million for charitable causes since its inception in 1999.

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