PGA Tour: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Bracket

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29:  Tiger Woods of the USA hits a tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 29, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The first of four World Golf Championship events for 2012 takes place this week as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship visits the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.

Eight million dollars in prize money will be on the line as 64 of the world's best golfers, including the top four players in the Official World Golf Ranking—Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, respectively—compete in the single elimination tournament on the new Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Defending champion Donald returns to repeat his win here last year. He will face three-time major championship winner Ernie Els.

Of course, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods, who returns to action two weeks removed from his final round meltdown at Pebble Beach, where he shot a 75 to drop out of contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Tiger will begin play against 31-year-old Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who has six wins during his seven-year professional career, including the Barclays Singapore Open just three months ago.

Tiger was eliminated by Thomas Bjorn in the first round of this tournament last year.

Absent from the event is Phil Mickelson, the No. 9 golfer in the world, who is one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour right now. Lefty won two weeks ago at Pebble Beach and lost in a three-way playoff at the Northern Trust Open yesterday, but a previous family commitment will keep him from playing this week.

Here are the four divisions with their matches. You can also download this printable WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship bracket.

Bobby Jones

No. 1 Luke Donald vs. No. 16 Ernie Els

No. 8 Jason Dufner vs. No. 9 Peter Hanson

No. 4 K.J. Choi vs. No. 13 Kyle Stanley

No. 5 Brandt Snedeker vs. No. 12 Retief Goosen

No. 2 Adam Scott vs. No. 15 Robert Rock

No. 7 Bo Van Pelt vs. No. 10 Mark Wilson

No. 3 Dustin Johnson vs. No. 14 Jim Furyk

No. 6 Thomas Bjorn vs. No. 11 Francesco Molinari

Gary Player

No. 1 Rory McIlroy vs. No. 16 George Coetzee

No. 8 Kyung-tae Kim vs. No. 9 Anders Hansen

No. 4 Sergio Garcia vs. No. 13 Miguel Angel Jimenez

No. 5 Keegan Bradley vs. No. 12 Geoff Ogilvy

No. 2 Jason Day vs. No. 15 Rafael Cabrera-Bello

No. 7 Simon Dyson vs. No. 10 John Senden

No. 3 Charl Schwartzel vs No. 14 Gary Woodland

No. 6 Ian Poulter vs. No. 11 Sang-Moon Bae

Ben Hogan

No. 1 Martin Kaymer vs. No. 16 Greg Chalmers

No. 8 David Toms vs. No. 9 Rickie Fowler

No. 4 Matt Kuchar vs. No. 13 Jonathan Byrd

No. 5 Bubba Watson vs. No. 12 Ben Crane

No. 2 Steve Stricker vs. No. 15 Kevin Na

No. 7 Louis Oosthuizen vs. No. 10 Aaron Baddeley

No. 3 Graeme McDowell vs. No. 14 Y.E. Yang

No. 6 Hunter Mahan vs. No. 11 Zach Johnson

Sam Snead

No. 1 Lee Westwood vs. No. 16 Nicolas Colsaerts

No. 8 Robert Karlsson vs. No. 9 Fredrik Jacobson

No. 4 Nick Watney vs. No. 13 Darren Clarke

No. 5 Tiger Woods vs. No. 12 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

No. 2 Webb Simpson vs. No. 15 Matteo Manassero

No. 7 Alvaro Quiros vs. No. 10 Martin Laird

No. 3 Bill Haas vs. No. 14 Ryo Ishikawa

No. 6 Justin Rose vs. No. 11 Paul Lawrie


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