Six Aussies in Accenture Match Play field
Six Australians have made the final cut with the 64 man field confirmed for this week’s Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Arizona, the first World Golf Championship event of the 2012 season.
World number one Luke Donald will be looking to defend the title and retain the Walter Hagen Cup after a triumphant 3/2 victory over German Martin Kaymer in last year’s final.
Australia’s Jason Day will line up against Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello in his first round match (Credit: Anthony Powter)
For the first time, seedings for the Match Play event this year were not finalised until the Official World Golf Rankings were adjusted on Monday 20 February following the completion of tournaments across the globe last week.
Jason Day, Adam Scott, John Senden, Aaron Baddeley, Australian Open and PGA Champion Greg Chalmers and the 2006 and 2009 winner of this event, Geoff Ogilvy, will fly the Australian flag as part of a contingent of 42 International players amongst a field of 64.
The field will also boast 24 players under the age of 30, the most in the tournament’s history.
First Round Matches
Luke Donald (1) ENG vs. Ernie Els (64) ZAF
Rory McIlroy (2) NIR vs. George Coetzee (63) ZAF
Lee Westwood (3) ENG vs. Nicolas Colsaerts (62) BEL
Martin Kaymer (4) GER vs. Greg Chalmers (61) AUS
Steve Stricker (5) USA vs. Kevin Na (60) USA
Webb Simpson (6) USA vs. Matteo Manassero (59) ITL
Jason Day (7) AUS vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello (58) ESP
Adam Scott (8) AUS vs. Robert Rock (57) ENG
Dustin Johnson (9) USA vs. Jim Furyk (56) USA
Charl Schwartzel (10) ZAF vs. Gary Woodland (55) USA
Bill Haas (11) USA vs. Ryo Ishikawa (54) JPN
Graeme McDowell (12) NIR vs. Y.E. Yang (53) KOR
Matt Kuchar (13) USA vs. Jonathan Byrd (52) USA
Nick Watney (14) USA vs. Darren Clarke (51) NIR
Sergio Garcia (15) ESP vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (50) ESP
K.J. Choi (16) KOR vs. Kyle Stanley (49) USA
Brandt Snedeker (17) USA vs. Retief Goosen (48) ZAF
Keegan Bradley (18) USA vs. Geoff Ogilvy (47) AUS
Tiger Woods (19) USA vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (46) ESP
Bubba Watson (20) USA vs. Ben Crane (45) USA
Hunter Mahan (21) USA vs. Zach Johnson (44) USA
Justin Rose (22) ENG vs. Paul Lawrie (43) SCO
Ian Poulter (23) ENG vs. Bae Sang-moon (42) KOR
Thomas Bjorn (24) DEN vs. Francesco Molinari (41) ITL
Bo Van Pelt (25) USA vs. Mark Wilson (40) USA
Simon Dyson (26) ENG vs. John Senden (39) AUS
Alvaro Quiros (27) ESP vs. Martin Laird (38) SCO
Louis Oosthuizen (28) ZAF vs. Aaron Baddeley (37) AUS
David Toms (29) USA vs. Rickie Fowler (36) USA
Robert Karlsson (30) SWE vs. Fredrik Jacobson (35) SWE
K.T. Kim (31) KOR vs. Anders Hansen (34) DEN
Jason Dufner (32) USA vs. Peter Hanson (33) SWE