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February 23 2011

7:03 PM

Five matches are all U.S.

MARANA, Ariz. – We may be in the Arizona desert at a golf course nestled among giant saguaro cacti and their more sprawling organ pipe brethren.

But this is the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship so it probably should come as no surprise that just five of the 32 matches pit Americans against each other.

Ryan Palmer currently owns a 3-up advantage over Jim Furyk through 11 holes while Dustin Johnson is 1 up over FedExCup leader Mark Wilson through four holes and Bubba Watson leads Bill Haas 2 up through three.

Sean O'Hair and Hunter Mahan have just teed off while Anthony Kim and Nick Watney will play at 2:45 p.m. ET.

There are 40 international players are among the field of 64 in 2011 with 15 different countries represented. There are a total of 24 Americans (up three from 2010) while England and Australia have six each followed by South Africa with five and Japan and South Korea each with four.

The other countries represented are: Italy (3); Denmark (2); Spain (2); Northern Ireland (2); Sweden (2); and one player each from Colombia, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

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