The WGC-Matchplay Championship held at Dove Mountain will not feature in the early PGA Tour schedule for the first time since its inception in 1999. 

Accenture decided against re-sponsoring the event for another year, leaving the future of the only competition with the match-play format on the American circuit very much in doubt. 

With the Valero Texas Open announcing its place on the Tour two weeks before the Masters between the 26 and 29 March, it means every week between the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in mid-January and next year's Players Championship (7-10 May) has been taken - leaving no room for the Matchplay. 

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said while in attendance at TPC Sawgrass: "This has been taking longer than we thought. We'll see. We probably won't have anything to say for at least a few weeks."

Despite being the only tournament in the US to be played under the original golfing format, the event at Dove Mountain has struggled to draw in vast galleries and audiences simply because the best players such as Tiger Woods and Adam Scott are not guaranteed to be around any longer than the opening match. 

Neither of them featured at this year's championship - won by Jason Day in an epic playoff with the unheralded Frenchman Victor Dubuisson who managed two impossible up-and-downs from in amongst the Arizonian cacti before succumbing to the Australian at the third extra hole. 

It was full of drama, much like any other stroke play event, which makes you beg the question: why is it struggling to find a sponsor? 

PGA chiefs are apparently in discussions with at least one name, but if that does not materialise it may well be the tournament is not held in 2015 while a sponsor is identified. 

Whoever that sponsor may be may well determine where the event is hosted, but as present the only available slot on the calendar would be after the Players between May 14 and 17. 

Finchem added: "Where we're going is an open question, and certainly Tucson is a possibility."

In the mean time, the Honda Classic will take its place on the rota next year, which will start on February 26. 

The Players kicks off on Thursday with Scott, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson all in with a chance of becoming world number one in the absence of the injured Woods - who earlier in the week admitted he is still no nearer to learning when he can return to competitive golf. 

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