WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – Accenture Match Play Championship
Site: Marana, Ariz.
Course: Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (7,466 yards, par 72).
Purse: $8.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.4 million.
Television (all times PST): Golf Channel (Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,
4:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,
5:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-8:30 p.m.;
Saturday, 11 p.m.-2 a.m., 7-11 a.m.; Sunday, 7-10:30 a.m.) and NBC
(Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods beat Stewart Cink, 8-and-7, in the 36-hole
final at The Gallery for his fifth conseucutive victory and 15th World
Golf Championship title. Woods also won in 2003 and 2004 and reached
the 2000 final, losing to Darren Clarke.
Last week: Phil Mickelson successfully defended his Northern Trust
Open title, beating Steve Stricker by a stroke at Riviera. Mickelson
went from a four-shot lead at the start of the final round to a
two-shot deficit with three holes to play. He birdied 16 and 17 and
wrapped up his 35th tour victory with a 6-foot par putt on 18.
Notes: Woods is making his first start since winning the U.S. Open
on June 16. He had surgery a week later to reconstruct the ligaments in
his left knee. He’ll open against Australia’s Brendan Jones, an
eight-time winner on the Japanese tour. Woods has a 31-6 record in the
event, with three of the losses coming at the hands of Australians —
Peter O’Malley in the first round in 2002, and Nick O’Hern in the
second rounds in 2005 and 2007. … Mickelson will open against Angel
Cabrera. … The tournament is in its first year at the Jack
Nicklaus-designed Ritz-Carlton after two years at The Gallery. … The
Honda Classic is next week in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., followed by the
WGC-CA Championship at Doral in Miami — opposite the Puerto Rico Open.