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Austin Country Club set to be new home of WGC-Match Play

SAN FRANCISCO -- Austin Country Club in Texas will be the new home of the WGC-Match Play beginning in 2016.

The club signed a four-year deal to host the event, which the PGA Tour had previously announced would be moving to the Austin area and would be played in March.

This year's WGC-Cadillac Match Play is being played for one year at Harding Park -- which will be the site of the 2020 PGA Championship. Cadillac is also on board for one year as a sponsor, with the tournament to be called the WGC-Dell Match Play starting next year.

Austin Country Club approved hosting the event on Thursday. The current layout was designed by Pete Dye in 1984.

The tournament had been played in Arizona in late February since 2007 and prior to that was in Southern California -- except for a one-year trip to Australia -- going back to its inception in 1999.

Next year, the Match Play will take place the week following the Arnold Palmer Invitational -- and three weeks after the first WGC event, the Cadillac Championship at Doral. It will be two weeks prior to the Masters.

With the addition of the WGC-Match Play, the state of Texas likely will have five tournaments on the 2015-16 PGA Tour schedule, matching the number of events in both California and Florida.