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Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood in Trouble at Accenture Match Play Championship?
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Tough beginnings for both Tiger and Westwood in Accenture Match Play Championship.

World No. 1 Lee Westwood will face Henrik Stenson of Sweden instead of Tori Taniguchi in the first round of this week’s Accenture Match Play Championship.

This is the only change from last week’s ranking, where Taniguchi held the 64th and last spot in the field, but it does represent quite a change for Westwood.
 
Stenson might be No. 69 in the world ranking (OWGR) this week and No. 65 last week, but the Swede belongs in the top 15 in the world and is only ranged this low due to a recovery period from former injuries.

If Stenson finds his old form this week, even Westwood is in for a bit of a challenge.
 
While world No. 2 Martin Kaymer is likely to advance from his battle with Korean Noh Seung-yul, Tiger Woods could be in trouble against his old friend, Dane Thomas Bjorn, who has found new inspiration in the game and won in Qatar on the European Tour three weeks ago.

Denmark’s Anders Hansen was the only player to play his way into the top 64 over the final weekend prior to Monday’s qualifying deadline. Hansen improved from No. 70 in the OWGR to No. 52 by virtue of his T2 at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.

Funny things are likely to happen in the bracket from the word "go" at Dove Mountain this week.

Westwood, defending champion Ian Poulter (No. 12) and two-time runner-up Paul Casey (No. 6) headline a group of six Englishmen who have qualified for the Accenture Match Play Championship. A total of 40 players from outside of the United States representing 14 countries have qualified.

England and Australia have most players qualified with six, followed by South Africa with five and South Korea and Japan with four apiece.

Italy has three representatives followed by Denmark, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden with two. Colombia, Germany, Ireland and Scotland each have one player qualified.

Matches in first round:

Rank
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
Player
Lee Westwood, England
Martin Kaymer, Germany
Tiger Woods, U.S.
Phil Mickelson, U.S.
Graeme McDowell, N. Ireland
Paul Casey, England
Rory McIlroy, N. Ireland
Steve Stricker, U.S.
Luke Donald, England
Jim Furyk, U.S.
Ernie Els, S. Africa
Ian Poulter, England
Matt Kuchar, U.S.
Dustin Johnson, U.S.
Robert Karlsson, Sweden
Retief Goosen, S. Africa
Francesco Molinari, Italy
Hunter Mahan, U.S.
Bubba Watson, U.S.
Louis Oosthuizen, S. Africa
Alvaro Quiros, Spain
Tim Clark, S.Africa
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain
Edoardo Molinari, Italy
Charl Schwartzel, S.Africa
Adam Scott, Australia
Kim Kyung-Tae, Korea
Robert Allenby, Australia
Rickie Fowler, U.S.
Geoff Ogilvy, Australia
Zach Johnson, U.S.
Nick Watney, U.S.
 
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Rank
64
63
62
61
60
59
58
57
56
55
54
53
52
51
50
49
48
47
46
45
44
43
42
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40
39
38
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36
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Player
Henrik Stenson, Sweden
Noh Seung-yul, Korea
Thomas Bjorn, Denmark
Brendan Jones, Australia
Heath Slocum, U.S.
Richard Green, Australia
Jonathan Byrd, U.S.
Matteo Manassero, Italy
Charley Hoffman, U.S.
Ryan Palmer, U.S.
Jeff Overton, U.S.
Stewart Cink, U.S.
Anders Hansen, Denmark
Mark Wilson, U.S.
Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
K.J. Choi, Korea
Ryan Moore, U.S.
Sean O’Hair, U.S.
Bill Haas, U.S.
Bo Van Pelt, U.S.
Y.E. Yang, Korea
Camilo Villegas, Colombia
Yuta Ikeda, Japan
Martin Laird, Scotland
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan
Ben Crane, U.S.
Jason Day, Australia
Ross Fisher, England
Peter Hanson, Sweden
Padraig Harrington, Ireland
Justin Rose, England
Anthony Kim, U.S.
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