WGC Accenture Match Play

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Tiger Woods has won this event three times. Image couretesy of AFP/dailytelegraph.com.au
The PGA and European tours come together for a rare match play tournament this week, with 64 of the world’s best players making up the field for the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. Three time winner Tiger Woods  has been the most successful golfer in the history of the event, but has struggled here since the course was changed from The Gallery Golf Club to the Ritz-Carlton layout four years ago, failing to get past the second round.

Americans have a relatively poor record in this tournament, with Hunter Mahan’s  victory twelve months ago just the second for the host nation since 2005. English match play specialist Ian Poulter  was the hero of Europe’s Ryder Cup success last year and he was victorious here in 2010, while compatriot Luke Donald  was crowned champion a year later.

In-form South Africans Charl Schwartzel  and Louis Oosthuizen  have modest records here but both have a strong chance if able to convert their recent stroke play form to the match play format. With two time winner Geoff Ogilvy not playing this week, Australian best hopes are probably Jason Day  and Adam Scott .

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