February 21 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
MARANA, Ariz. -- In 11 attempts, Lee Westwood has never advanced beyond the second round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. As he said Tuesday, "It's not quite happened for me in this tournament."
"I can't put my finger on it," Westwood said when asked about his struggles in this event. "I've played well in individual rounds. I had bad luck a couple of times."
The Englishman enters this week as the No. 1 seed in the Sam Snead bracket, but his first-round match will not be easy. He'll face big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts on Wednesday.
Colsaerts reached the semifinals last year at the Volvo World Match Play Championships. Westwood has seen Colsaerts' match-play ability up close. At the Vivendi Seve Trophy last September, Westwood and teammate David Horsey beat Colsaerts and teammate Raphael Jacquelin 4 and 3 in Saturday foursomes.
Colsaerts is making his first appearance in the Accenture Match Play, but Westwood doesn't think it will take long for the Belgian to feel comfortable at Dove Mountain.
"He's got a game suited to this course and this format," Westwood said, "so it will be a tough match."