After a freak snow delay, the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship is back on! The first of four World Golf Championship annual events, the Accenture Match Play Championship celebrate its fourteenth year of bringing the world’s top 64 players together. Hunter Mahan returns to defend his title, but look out, Rory McIlroy is back and he finished just behind Mahan last year.
What: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship
When: February 20 -24
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain – Marana, Arizona
Winning Share: $1.4 million
FedExCup Points: 550
Champion: Hunter Mahan(D)
What It Online: http://stream.golfchannel.com/?pid=24&referrer=http://www.golfchannel.com/
TV Schedule (Initial Airings)
Thursday: Golf Channel 12:30-6 p.m. ET
Friday: Golf Channel 2-6 p.m. ET
Saturday: Golf Channel 12 – 2 p.m. ET, CBS 2-6 p.m. ET
Sunday: Golf Channel 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, CBS 2-6 p.m. ET
Radio Schedule (PGA Tour Network on Sirius 208XM 93)
Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
Who To Watch:
Tiger Woods – He’s spent his time off since winning the Farmers Insurance Open practicing for this event(other than taking time to play with the pres). He’s won this event three times and has the best match-play record out of the field.
Rory McIlroy – We also haven’t seen Rory in a while. This will be just his third competitive round this year. The last time we saw him at the Abu Dhabi Championship, he missed the cut during the debut of his new Nike gear. Since then, he’s spent his time vacationing and working with his swing instructor, Michael Bannon. Rory has a pretty good record here. He was runner-up last year, advanced to the second round in 2010 and 2011 and made the quarterfinals in his U.S. pro debut in 2009.
Charl Schwartzel – He’s been on a roll. In his past seven events worldwide, he’s finished in the top five every time. Including a T3 at the Northern Trust. Schwartzel’s the besty ball-striker in the world right now and has a decent record at Dove Mountain: Reached the second round in 2012, 2011 and 2009, and the third round in 2010.