WGC-Accenture Match Play qualifying concludestext sizeMartin Kaymer and Luke Donald, who battled in last year's finale, qualified as Nos. 1 and 4 this year.February 13, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
MARANA, Ariz. -- Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, and Martin Kaymer, Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) lead the list of those who are qualified for next week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. While the top 64 in the OWGR released today are qualified for the event, players have until Friday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. ET to officially commit to the tournament.
The 2012 bracket and tee times will be unveiled on Monday, February 20, at 7 a.m. ET, with the brackets/seeding based on the OWGR released that morning.
The first World Golf Championships event of the 2012 season returns to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Feb. 20-26. The 32 first round matches begin Wednesday, Feb. 22, with Donald looking to defend his title and retain the Walter Hagen Cup.
While Donald, Westwood, McIlroy and Kaymer have been assured of a return trip to the Accenture Match Play Championship for some time, several players waited until the last minute to punch their tickets to Arizona. Last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic were the last opportunities for players to move into the top 64 in the OWGR, and Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Nicolas Colsaerts did just that, by virtue of their play this past weekend.
Cabrera-Bello won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, holding off a strong field with a final-round 68 (-4) to defeat Westwood and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher by a stroke for his second European Tour victory. The win moved Cabrera Bello from No. 119 to No. 60 in the OWGR and into the field for his first World Golf Championships start.
Colaserts finished T9 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to move from No. 69 to just in the Accenture Match Play Championship field at No. 64 in the OWGR. Colaserts qualified for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last year, but did not start. He finished T20 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. This will be his first start in the Accenture Match Play Championship.
Cabrera-Bello and Colaserts knocked Ernie Els (from No. 62 to No. 65) and Robert Allenby (from No. 64 to No. 68) out of the Accenture Match Play Championship field. However, Phil Mickelson (No. 11) has said publicly that he will not compete, meaning No. 65 Els would earn a spot in the field for the 12th time in his World Golf Hall of Fame career. His best finish is a fourth place result in 2001.
As announced last week, new for 2012, the seeding for the Accenture Match Play Championship bracket will be based off the OWGR as of the Monday of championship week, February 20, as opposed to the OWGR at the time the field is finalized. This modification was made to ensure players are seeded based upon their most current ranking position. The eligibility criteria for the field remain unchanged. This change may be best illustrated at the top of the bracket; while Westwood has moved to No. 2 with his T2 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, fractions ahead of McIlroy, next week the two are projected to again swap positions with McIlroy taking the No. 2 seed and Westwood falling to No. 3.
The Accenture Match Play Championship, which is the first in a series of four World Golf Championships events in 2012, has been played in the Tucson area since 2007 and at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain since 2009. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com or call the Tucson Conquistadores office at 520-571-0400.
A list of those qualified and their current ranking is below. Should one of the qualified players elect not to commit, his place in the field will be filled by the next available player from today's OWGR. A list of those alternates is also included below.
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship qualifiers OWGR
Name Country 1 (1) Luke Donald England 2 (3) Lee Westwood England 3 (2) Rory McIlroy N Ireland 4 (4) Martin Kaymer Germany 5 (5) Steve Stricker United States 6 (6) Webb Simpson United States 7 (7) Jason Day Australia 8 (8) Adam Scott Australia 9 (9) Charl Schwartzel South Africa 10 (10) Dustin Johnson United States 11 (17) Phil Mickelson United States 12 (11) Graeme McDowell N Ireland 13 (12) Matt Kuchar United States 14 (13) Nick Watney United States 15 (14) K.J. Choi Korea 16 (15) Brandt Snedeker United States 17 (16) Sergio Garcia Spain 18 (18) Tiger Woods United States 19 (19) Bubba Watson United States 20 (20) Justin Rose England 21 (21) Hunter Mahan United States 22 (23) Bill Haas United States 23 (24) Paul Casey England 24 (22) Ian Poulter England 25 (28) Thomas Bjorn Denmark 26 (25) Keegan Bradley United States 27 (26) Simon Dyson England 28 (27) Alvaro Quiros Spain 29 (30) David Toms United States 30 (29) Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 31 (31) Kyung-Tae Kim Korea 32 (33) Robert Karlsson Sweden 33 (32) Bo Van Pelt United States 34 (35) Jason Dufner United States 35 (34) Peter Hanson Sweden 36 (36) Anders Hansen Denmark 37 (37) Rickie Fowler United States 38 (39) Fredrik Jacobson Sweden 39 (38) Martin Laird Scotland 40 (43) Francesco Molinari Italy 41 (41) Mark Wilson United States 42 (42) John Senden Australia 43 (40) Sang-moon Bae Korea 44 (51) Aaron Baddeley Australia 45 (47) Paul Lawrie Scotland 46 (44) Geoff Ogilvy Australia 47 (46) Ben Crane United States 48 (45) Zach Johnson United States 49 (49) Gonzalo Fdez-Castano Spain 50 (48) Retief Goosen South Africa 51 (50) Miguel A Jimenez Spain 52 (52) Kyle Stanley United States 53 (53) Ryo Ishikawa Japan 54 (55) Darren Clarke N Ireland 55 (54) Y.E. Yang Korea 56 (57) Gary Woodland United States 57 (56) Jonathan Byrd United States 58 (58) Robert Rock England 59 (59) Jim Furyk United States 60 (119) Rafael Cabrera-Bello Spain 61 (60) Matteo Manassero Italy 62 (63) Kevin Na United States 63 (61) Greg Chalmers Australia 64 (69) Nicolas Colsaerts Belgium WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship alternates OWGR
Name Country 65 (62) Ernie Els South Africa 66 (77) George Coetzee South Africa 67 (65) Ryan Moore United States 68 (64) Robert Allenby Australia 69 (67) Joost Luiten Holland 70 (66) Charles Howell III United States