A standard week on tour consists of 72 holes of stroke play golf with a cut happening after round 2. Not this week as match play has come to town. Some players thrive in stroke play while others love the purity of match play. It is you against your opponent, that’s it. Beat them and you move on. There is no debate this week on who will and who will not be playing. The top 64 players on the World Golf rankings are here and ready to show why they are the best.
The tournament is played over the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona just outside Tucson. The course will play to an approximate length of 7849 yards and a par of 72. The course carries a slope of 147 and a rating of 77.1, not exactly a pushover of a track.
Hunter Mahan will be here to defend his title, the world’s number one, Rory McIlroy, is here to try and improve on last year’s runner-up finish. Three-time winner, Tiger Woods, is here off his win earlier this year to try and win number four. Other previous winners like Luke Donald, Ian Poulter amongst others are here. You are hard pressed to ever find a better field outside of a major. Here are some highlights of previous editions of the event.
YouTube Video Courtesy of pgatour
As normal there is a charity at play here at the Accenture Match Play Championships. The major beneficiary is The First Tee. The purpose of The First Tee is to develop affordable golf learning facilities to provide an avenue for young people of diverse needs and backgrounds to enjoy the game of golf while also building character in the youth of today. However, the Tucson Conquistadores also benefit from the event. To date, the Conquistadores have donated over $24 million to hundreds of teams, individuals and organizations.
Which player will step it up this week and take home the title at the Accenture Match Play Championship? Will a previous winner like Donald or Woods take home the title? Will a previous runner-up like McIlroy or Kaymer step up and take the title? How about someone in their first start at the event or previous entrants that haven’t had much success? Choosing between the top-64 players in the world is no easy task and a case can be made for any of them to win this week over the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain. I fought through the numbers and broke down my short list of “most likely” winners of the Accenture. So here we go.
Up Next: The Contenders