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February 22 2012

5:05 PM

Coetzee switches focus to Rory

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

MARANA, Ariz. -- When qualifying ended 10 days ago for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, George Coetzee figured he would have to face defending champion Luke Donald. Coetzee, after all, was the last man in the field and Donald was guaranteed the top overall seed.

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But because the brackets were not set until after the Official World Golf Ranking came out Sunday, Coetzee moved ahead of Ernie Els in the rankings. That left Els to face No. 1 Donald in the Bobby Jones bracket while Coetzee now faces Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 seed in the Gary Player bracket. That match begins at 2:25 p.m. ET.

"I was kind of prepared to play against Luke," the South African said this week.

Coetzee, whose biggest win came last year at the Telkom PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour, said he doesn't know much about McIlroy's game. That's because he's never seen the reigning U.S. Open champ play in person.

"It's tough to know how a guy plays when you watch him on TV," Coetzee said. "I'm sure he's a great golfer. And obviously I aspire to the things that that he's achieved in his golf.

"But I guess he's pretty solid in every part of his game. And hopefully on Wednesday, I'll be pretty solid in every part of mine."

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