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 Post subject: Tiger draws Howell at Match Play
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:35 pm 
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will face some familiar players in the opening round of the Match Play Championship.

McIlroy, the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, is the No. 1 seed at Dove Mountain north of Tucson, Ariz. He will play Shane Lowry of Ireland, who got in when Phil Mickelson chose not to play. Ping G25 Fairway Wood Woods is the No. 2 and will play Charles Howell III, the first time they have squared off in this format since Woods beat Howell in the quarterfinals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur.

Luke Donald, who won the Match Play in 2011, is the No. 3 seed and opens against Marcel Siem of Germany. Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa is the No. 4 seed and will play Richie Ramsay of Scotland.

The tournament begins Wednesday.

McIlroy, who lost in the championship match a year ago to Hunter Mahan, is the No. 1 seed for the first time. Mizuno MP-64 Irons The top seeds have been eliminated in the first round twice in the last three years, with Luke Donald losing a year ago to Ernie Els and Steve Stricker falling to Ross McGowan in 2010.

McIlroy and Lowry is not the only all-Irish match on Wednesday.

Graeme McDowell, who missed the cut at Riviera in his first competition in two months, opens against Padraig Harrington, Callaway X Hot Irons who also missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open. Harrington has lost in the first round six times, including the last three years.

In another compelling first-round match, Adam Scott of Australia faces Tim Clark of South Africa, both good friends who use a broom-handled putter.

Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker, No. 4 in the world, have decided not to play this year. Mickelson said his kids have a school holiday, while Snedeker wants to let his sore ribs recover. golf wholesale That meant the top 66 in the world ranking from last week were eligible for the first World Golf Championship of the year. The seeds were not determined until the latest world ranking was published Sunday night.


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