World’s best gather for Accenture Matchplay

The field for the first of the season’s World Golf Championship events, the Accenture Match Play Championship, has now been finalised and the ‘best of the best’ have been sharpening their swords ahead of the annual battle in the desert.

Australia will be represented by four players – Adam Scott, John Senden, Jason Day and Marcus Fraser – part of an international contingent of 43 among a field of 64 players that tee off at the Dove Mountain Golf Club north of Tucson, Arizona from February 20 -24.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Justin Rose, Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5, respectively in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), lead the list of those who qualified for and committed to the Accenture Match Play Championship.

World number one, McIlroy, will be making his first start on the PGA Tour this year and only his second start of the season.

Brandt Snedeker (No. 4) and Phil Mickelson (No. 10) have both withdrawn from the field due to injury and family commitments respectively and are replaced by Shane Lowry (No. 65) and Fredrik Jacobson (No. 66).

Ireland’s Lowry earns a spot in the field for the first time and will be making only his fourth-career start in a World Golf Championships event while Sweden’s Jacobson will make his fourth start in Arizona.

Texan Hunter Mahan (No. 26) will be not only looking to defend his title, after defeating Rory McIlroy 2/1 in last year’s final, but capture a third World Golf Championship event and shrug off the disappointment of missing selection in last year’s United States Ryder Cup team.