In October 2012 Volvo and IMG announced that the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship would be played at the breathtaking Thracian Cliffs, a Gary Player designed signature course, and the first time a full European Tour event will be played in Bulgaria. Framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea, which can be viewed from each and every hole, Thracian Cliffs is arguably one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth. Gary Player once commented, “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet.” Underlining the unique features of this new venue, Thracian Cliffs has also been called ‘the Pebble Beach of Europe’.

The Championship has evolved considerably since moving from Wentworth in 2009, successfully securing a world-class field by qualification on merit, increasing the field to 24 players and revising the format.  The qualified players are divided into eight groups of three players to be played out on Thursday and Friday with 16 players progressing to Saturday’s knock-out stage with the semi-finals and final played on Sunday, all players will be playing for their share of the lucrative total prize fund.


The Tournament will take place the week beginning May 13, 2013 and will be played over four days with a Pro Am preceding the event:

Wednesday 15 May        Pro Am

Thursday 16 May           Group Matches

Friday 17 May                Group Matches

Saturday 18 May            Last 16 and Quarter Final Matches

Sunday 19 May              Semi Final Matches and Final.