LOS ANGELES (AP) Rory McIlroy and also Tiger Woods will certainly deal with several familiar players within the actual opening around in the Match Play Championship.
McIlroy, the actual 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, could be the No. 1 seedling during Dove Mountain north regarding Tucson, Ariz. He will enjoy Shane Lowry with Ireland, exactly who became with any time Phil Mickelson chose to not play. Woods will be No. couple of and definately will enjoy Charles Howell I, the first time they have got squared out of in this structure since Woods beat Howell while in the quarterfinals in the 1996 U.S. Amateur.
Luke Donald , whom received your Match Play within 2011, is a No. 3 or more seed starting and also opens alongside Marcel Siem with Germany. Former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen connected with South Africa is a No. five seed all of which will play Richie Ramsay connected with Scotland.
The match begins Wednesday.
McIlroy, whom lost inside the championship match last year to be able to Hunter Mahan, will be the No. 1 seed for the earliest time. The major seed products have got been recently removed inside primary round occasions within the past several years, along with Luke Donald losing recently for you to Ernie Els plus Steve Stricker falling to be able to Ross McGowan around 2010.
McIlroy and Lowry is actually not the sole all-Irish complement with Wednesday.
Graeme McDowell, that missed the structure from Riviera around his or her primary competition within two months, starts next to Padraig Harrington, whom also missed the slice from the Northern Trust Open. Harrington provides shed while in the first round six times, including the last about three years.
In a further gripping first-round match, Adam Scott of Australia faces Tim Clark of South Africa, both equally good friends who apply some sort of broom-handled putter.
Mickelson and also Brandt Snedeker, No. five inside world, have chose to never perform this year. Mickelson said his kids use a university holiday, while Snedeker hopes to let his sore ribs recover. That recommended the very best 66 on this planet rating through this morning were eligible to the earliest World Golf Championship from the year. The seed weren't established until modern entire world rating has been posted Sunday night.
Europe offers 29 players in the field, using the United States acquiring twenty one players. The 64-man discipline is actually represented by 17 countries.
Howell is between a number of gamers who started off all seasons in the garden the top part 100 on this planet and continue to qualified. Of those people four, they're really the only person who has certainly not won the following year. Fredrik Jacobson, the last person while in the field, was in line to learn McIlroy right until they strapped intended for finally in the Northern Trust Open. That suitable he / she went from your No. 64 seed starting that will No. 45.
Mahan, attempting to become a member of Woods for the reason that just back-to-back winners of your fickle tournament, starts advertising using Matteo Manassero associated with Italy.