Compiled by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
• There are 27 American golfers at this week’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. That reverses a recent trend of diminishing numbers of U.S. players at this event. There were 25 American entrants in 2011, 23 in 2012 and 21 last year. There were 40 U.S. golfers in the inaugural event back in 1999.
Nineteen countries are represented at this year’s event, tying the tournament record set in 2004 and matched in 2009 and 2010.
• Nineteen players are competing in their first ever WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. That’s the most newbies at this tournament since 31 players made their debut at this event in 2001. That was the season in which the event was held in Australia, which influenced many American golfers to opt out.
• Speaking of opting out, Adam Scott, currently the second-ranked golfer in the world, is not competing at this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. That means Scott’s streak of competing in this tournament for 12 consecutive years has come to an end. Scott was one year shy of matching Retief Goosen’s record of playing in 13 consecutive WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, from 2000 through 2012. The longest current streak now belongs to Lee Westwood, who played for a 12th consecutive year at this event.
• There were 13 matches in the first round of the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship which pitted a former major winner versus a player without a major on his resume. The player with a major title under his belt posted a combined record of 10-3 on Wednesday. That’s the best such record in the first round of this event since former major winners went 7-2 in the first round of the 2001 tournament against players yet to win a major title to that point in time.
From 1999 to 2013, the cumulative first round record of the major “haves” versus the “have nots” was 117-76 (59%).