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.
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
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
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
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