Tiger Woods to face Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at Accenture Match Play

February 20, 2012

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) – Defending champion Luke Donald faces Ernie Els in the first round of the Match Play Championship. Tiger Woods is to play Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

The seeding for the first World Golf Championship of the year is based on the world ranking released Sunday night.

Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westood and Martin Kaymer are the top four seeds. Woods, a three-time winner of the Match Play is the No. 19 seed, the first time he has played this event without being among the top three seeds.

The 64-man field begins Wednesday at Dove Mountain. Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey are not playing.

The Donald-Els match is the highest-profile for an opening round since Woods played Nick Faldo in the inaugural event in 1999.


Luke Donald (1), England, vs. Ernie Els (64), South Africa.

Rory McIlroy (2), Northern Ireland, vs. George Coetzee (63), South Africa.

Lee Westwood (3), England, vs. Nicolas Colsaerts (62), Belgium.

Martin Kaymer (4), Germany, vs. Greg Chalmers (61), Australia.

Steve Stricker (5), United States, vs. Kevin Na (60), United States.

Webb Simpson (6), United States, vs. Matteo Manassero (59), Italy.

Jason Day (7), Australia, vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello (58), Spain.

Adam Scott (8), Australia, vs. Robert Rock (57), England.

Dustin Johnson (9), United States, vs. Jim Furyk (56), United States.

Charl Schwartzel (10), South Africa, vs. Gary Woodland (55), United States.

Bill Haas (11), United States, vs. Ryo Ishikawa (54), Japan.

Graeme McDowell (12), Northern Ireland, vs. Y.E. Yang (53), South Korea.

Matt Kuchar (13), United States, vs. Jonathan Byrd (52), United States.

Nick Watney (14), United States, vs. Darren Clarke (51), Northern Ireland.

Sergio Garcia (15), Spain, vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (50), Spain.

K.J. Choi (16), South Korea, vs. Kyle Stanley (49), United States.

Brandt Snedeker (17), United States, vs. Retief Goosen (48), South Africa.

Keegan Bradley (18), United States, vs. Geoff Ogilvy (47), Australia.

Tiger Woods (19), United States, vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (46), Spain.

Bubba Watson (20), United States, vs. Ben Crane (45), United States.

Hunter Mahan (21), United States, vs. Zach Johnson (44), United States.

Justin Rose (22), England, vs. Paul Lawrie (43), Scotland.

Ian Poulter (23), England, vs. Bae Sang-moon (42), South Korea

Thomas Bjorn (24), Denmark, vs. Francesco Molinari (41), Italy.

Bo Van Pelt (25), United States, vs. Mark Wilson (40), United States.

Simon Dyson (26), England, vs. John Senden (39), Australia.

Alvaro Quiros (27), Spain, vs. Martin Laird (38), Scotland.

Louis Oosthuizen (28), South Africa, vs. Aaron Baddeley (37), Australia.

David Toms (29), United States, vs. Rickie Fowler (36), United States.

Robert Karlsson (30), Sweden, vs. Fredrik Jacobson (35), Sweden.

K.T. Kim (31), South Korea, vs. Anders Hansen (34), Denmark.

Jason Dufner (32), United States, vs. Peter Hanson (33), Sweden.