Match Play Championship records
With back-to-back wins in 2003 and 2004, Tiger Woods holds the distinction of being the only golfer to win the Accenture Match Play Championship twice. His 2003 victory gave him wins in all four of the World Golf Championship events.
Most matches won
Not only has he played the most matches, but Tiger Woods also has the most wins. Prior to the 2009 tournament, Woods had a 31-6 record in the Match Play Championship, giving him an impressive winning percentage of 83.8 percent.
Best winning percentage
Prior to the 2008 Accenture Match Play Championships, Geoff Ogilvy led all golfers with a 91.7 winning percentage. In 12 matches, he had just one loss. This year, however, he was upset in the first round.
Longest championship match
In 1999, Jeff Maggert and Andrew Magee battled through 38 holes before Maggert finally came out on top. Maggert was 3-down as late as the 20th hole but chipped in from the fringe behind the green on the second extra hole to take the win.
Longest non-championship match
Two-up with two holes to play, Scott Verplank could taste a first-round victory in 2006. He would have to wait quite a few more holes to achieve it, however. Verplank finally beat Lee Westwood on the eighth playoff hole. The 26 holes the two golfers played tied them for the tournament record with Mike Weir and Loren Roberts, who battled for 26 holes in the first round in 2003 before Weir won.
Largest margin of victory (championship)
In addition to earning his 63rd win on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods also inked his name once again in the Match Play Championship record books with an 8-and-7 victory over Stewart Cink in 2008. It was the largest margin of victory ever in a championship match at the tournament.
Largest margin of victory (non-championship)
In the first round of the 2006 Accenture Match Play Championships, Tiger Woods topped Stephen Ames, 9-and-8. Luckily for Ames, the following year he was on the opposite end of a blowout, defeating Robert Karlsson 8-and-7 in the first round.
Highest seed to win
In 2002, Kevin Sutherland was a surprise Match Play winner, as he was ranked 62nd in the field of 64 golfers. Steve Stricker, ranked 55th in 2001, and Geoff Ogilvy, No. 52 in 2006, also recorded similarly shocking upsets.
Most matches played
Coming into the 2009 tournament, Tiger Woods led all golfers with 37 matches played at the Accenture Match Play Championship. With 31 matches, David Toms is the closest behind Woods in the category.
There have been just two holes-in-one in Match Play Championship history, both of which have occurred at La Costa Resort and Spa. Using a 4-iron on the 204-yard 14th hole, Scott McCarron hit an ace in 2002. Ben Crane (pictured) hit his hole-in-one in 2006, using a 6-iron on the 184-yard 16th.
Stuart Appleby is the only player who has competed in every Match Play Championship since the tournament's inception in 1999. The Australian golfer, however, has never won the event; his best finish was in 2001, when he finished tied for ninth.
Best lefty finish
No left-handed player has ever won the Match Play Championship, but two have come close. Phil Mickelson finished tied for fifth in 2004, while Nick O'Hern reached that mark both in 2001 and 2005.