World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship again to diverse international field

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship again to feature diverse internatio fieldMARANA, Ariz. – The World Golf Championships were created in 1999 with the goal of bringing the world's best players together throughout the year and, with three weeks remaining before the field is finalized, the 2011 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship should continue that tradition. The top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) currently features 40 players born outside of the United States representing 14 different countries. One month from today many of these same players will gather for the opening-round matches of the Accenture Match Play Championship, February 21-27, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

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International players currently occupy six of the top 10 positions in the OWGR, led by world No. 1 Lee Westwood (England) and No. 2 Martin Kaymer (Germany). Kaymer moved ahead of Tiger Woods (No. 3) by successfully defending his title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last week on the European Tour. The victory was his fourth worldwide in the last six months, highlighted by a playoff victory at the PGA Championship last August. Should either Westwood or Kaymer occupy the No. 1 position in the OWGR entering the Accenture Match Play Championship they would become the fifth different player in the 13-year history of the event to hold the No. 1 overall seed. Woods (1999-2000, 2002-2004, 2006-2009) has held the No. 1 overall seed nine times while Ernie Els (2001), Vijay Singh (2005) and Steve Stricker (2010) have each held the top spot on one occasion.

"Year in and year out the Accenture Match Play Championship proves to be one of golf's global summits, and 2011 looks to be no exception," said Accenture Match Play Championship Executive Director Wade Dunagan. "We've crowned an international champion at this event four of the last five years and with the current Official World Golf Ranking featuring so many players from outside of the
United States, there is a good chance that trend could continue in 2011."

Accenture Match Play Championship defending champion Ian Poulter is one of six Englishmen among the top 64 in the OWGR. England and Australia each have six players among the top 64 while South Africa has five, South Korea and Japan four, Italy and Sweden three and Spain and Northern Ireland two apiece. Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Ireland and Scotland all have one player currently among the top 64.

PGA TOUR rookie Jhonattan Vegas improved to No. 86 in the OWGR with his victory at the Bob Hope Classic on the PGA TOUR last week and has an outside chance of becoming the first Venezuelan to qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship. Should he qualify he would become just the seventh player from South America to compete in the Accenture Match Play Championship, joining Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Jose Coceres (Argentina), Carlos Franco (Paraguay), Andres Romero (Argentina), Eduardo Romero (Argentina) and Camilo Villegas (Colombia).

Just three weeks remain for players to qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship as the top 64 players in the OWGR as of Monday, February 14 will earn an invitation to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. Among the notable names currently on the outside looking in are nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby (No. 70), 2010 semifinalist Sergio Garcia (No. 80) and 2005
champion David Toms (No. 81).

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

About Accenture
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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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