The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain News

February 20, 2013

WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship returns to Nicklaus Layout at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

The first World Golf Championship of the 2013 season returns to The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, when the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship begins play today for 64 of the best players in the world. Located just outside of Tucson, Dove Mountain has hosted the Accenture Match Play Championship since 2009. Play gets underway with 32 first-round matches, highlighted by No. 1 seeds Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Justin Rose—ranked Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5, respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

The event is the only official match-play event on the PGA TOUR schedule. A field of 64 players, 43 of whom are international, will take on Jack’s design in the lush Sonoran Desert. The 27-hole facility integrates strategy, variety and beauty, with elevation changes ranging from 2,300 to 3,000 feet.

“The courses at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain began with a nice piece of property,” Jack Nicklaus said. “Interestingly, the best part of the property was the 9 holes they decided not to use for the Accenture Match Play because they could not put gallery on it. But that was arguably the most exciting piece on which to work. The other two nines that we did there—the courses they played the tournament on—both turned out very nicely. I put a little bit more spice in the greens there, simply because it was going to be a match-play golf tournament. It might have been a little bit more spice than I probably should have put, but we went back and softened some of the contours and created a few more pinnable areas.

“I think the golf courses play very well, and have produced good champions. Most important, the members enjoy the golf courses and I think are fun golf courses to play.”

The Accenture Match Play Championship is the first in a series of four World Golf Championships events in 2013. The other World Golf Championships include the Cadillac Championship (Doral, Fla.), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China).

Viewers can tune in to watch the Accenture Match Play Championship Wednesday, February 20, Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. Saturday, February 23, the event will air from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel and from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on NBC. The tournament will air on Sunday, February 24, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel and from 2:00 -6:00 p.m. on NBC. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

The full field includes:

Rank Name Country
1 Rory McIlroy No. Ireland
2 Tiger Woods USA
3 Luke Donald England
5 Justin Rose England
6 Louis Oosthuizen So. Africa
7 Adam Scott Australia
8 Lee Westwood England
9 Bubba Watson USA
11 Ian Poulter England
12 Jason Dufner USA
13 Steve Stricker USA
14 Sergio Garcia Spain
15 Keegan Bradley USA
16 Charl Schwartzel So. Africa
17 Dustin Johnson USA
17 Webb Simpson USA
19 Graeme McDowell No. Ireland
20 Peter Hanson Sweden
21 Nick Watney USA
22 Matt Kuchar USA
23 Bo Van Pelt USA
24 Ernie Els So. Africa
25 Zach Johnson USA
26 Hunter Mahan USA
27 Martin Kaymer Germany
28 Jim Furyk USA
29 Branden Grace So. Africa
30 Jamie Donaldson Wales
31 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano Spain
32 Paul Lawrie Scotland
33 Rickie Fowler USA
34 Carl Pettersson Sweden
35 Francesco Molinari Italy
36 Bill Haas USA
37 Scott Piercy USA
38 Robert Garrigus USA
39 Nicolas Colsaerts Belgium
40 Thorbjorn Olesen Denmark
41 George Coetzee So. Africa
42 Ryan Moore USA
43 Jason Day Australia
44 Matteo Manassero Italy
45 John Senden Australia
46 Hiroyuki Fujita Japan
47 David Toms USA
48 Padraig Harrington Ireland
49 Thomas Bjorn Denmark
50 Alexander Noren Sweden
51 David Lynn England
52 Henrik Stenson Sweden
53 Marcus Fraser Australia
54 Thongchai Jaidee Thailand
55 Richard Sterne So. Africa
56 Russell Henley USA
57 Stephen Gallacher Scotland
58 Rafael Cabrera Bello Spain
59 Tim Clark So. Africa
60 Chris Wood England
61 Richie Ramsay Scotland
62 K.J. Choi Korea
63 Marcel Siem Germany
64 Charles Howell III USA
65 Shane Lowry Ireland
66 Fredrik Jacobson Sweden

 

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