Westwood, Kaymer, Woods, Mickelson commit to Accenture Match Play Championship

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship again to feature diverse internatio fieldLee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) have all committed to the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. The top 64 in the OWGR as of Monday, February 14, were qualified for the event and all 64 are currently committed in advance of Friday’s 5 p.m. ET commitment deadline! The 2011 bracket will be unveiled Sunday, February 20, at 7 p.m. ET.

The first World Golf Championships event of the 2011 season returns to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, February 21-27. The 32 First Round matches will begin Wednesday, February 23.

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World number one Westwood of England will become just the fifth overall No. 1 seed in tournament history, joiningWoods (1999-2000, 2002-2004, 2006-2009), Ernie Els (2001), Vijay Singh (2005) and Steve Stricker (2010). He joins Woods and Singh as the only players to occupy the overall No. 1 seed while also holding the top position in the OWGR. In 10 career appearances at the Accenture Match Play Championship Westwood has compiled an overall record of 6-10 with his best finish a T17 on six occasions.

Kaymer is making his fourth-consecutive start at the Accenture Match Play Championship, but his first as a major championship winner.  Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship in a playoff over Bubba Watson. The Accenture Match Play Championship will be Kaymer’s first PGA TOUR start of the 2011 season. 

Woods captured the Accenture Match Play Championship in 2003, 2004 and 2008 and returns to the event after a one-year absence. Mickelson has two World Golf Championships victories (2009 Cadillac Championship, 2009 HSBC Champions) to his resume and also returns to the Accenture Match Play Championship after a one-year absence.

“We’re thrilled to have the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking officially committed to the Accenture Match Play Championship,” said Wade Dunagan, Accenture Match Play Championship Executive Director.  “We won’t know pairings for the first round matches until the brackets are released on Sunday, but just by looking at the players qualified, we’re sure to have an unforgettable week of head-to-head action.”

Denmark’s Anders Hansen was the only player to play his way into the top 64 over the final weekend prior to Monday’s qualifying deadline.  Hansen improved from No. 70 in the OWGR to No. 52 by virtue of his T2 at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.  Conversely, 2007 Accenture Match Play champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden fell from No. 62 to No. 65 and will be the first alternate. Japan’s Toru Taniguchi was the last player to qualify at No. 64 and will make his fourth appearance at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Should one of the qualified players withdraw prior to the start of competition, his place in the field will be filled by the next available player in the OWGR.

No. 60 – 70 in the Official World Golf Ranking:

OWGR                     Player                                 Country

60                           Heath Slocum                        United States

61                           Brendan Jones                       Australia

62                           Thomas Bjorn                        Denmark

63                           Seung-yul Noh                       South Korea

64                           Toru Taniguchi                      Japan

65                           Henrik Stenson                      Sweden

66                           J.B. Holmes                           United States

67                           Stephen Gallacher                  Scotland

68                           Thongchai Jaidee                   Thailand

69                           Lucas Glover                          United States

70                           Stuart Appleby                       Australia

Please find a complete listing of those players qualified for the Accenture Match Play Championship attached.

Westwood, defending champion Ian Poulter (No. 12) and two-time runner-up Paul Casey (No. 6) headline a group of six Englishmen who have qualified for the Accenture Match Play Championship. A total of 40 players from outside of the United States representing 14 countries have qualified. England and Australia have most players qualified with six, followed by South Africa with five and South Korea and Japan with four apiece. Italy has three representatives followed by Denmark, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden with two.  Colombia, Germany, Ireland and Scotland each have one player qualified.    

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship can do so by visiting www.worldgolfchampionships.com or calling the Tucson Conquistadors Office at (520) 571-0400.

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About the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship

The Accenture Match Play Championship is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The other World Golf Championships include the Cadillac Championship (Doral, Fla.), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China).



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