Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP -
ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana,
Arizona - The PGA Tour makes its second stop in Arizona this season for the
World Golf Championship - Accenture Match Play Championship.
The top 64 ranked players in the world qualified this tournament, but No. 4
Brandt Snedeker and ninth-ranked Phil Mickelson will not be participating,
making room for Shane Lowry and Fredrik Jacobson.
Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen grabbed the top
seeds in their respective brackets, while defending champion Hunter Mahan
received a sixth seed in Woods' bracket.
Mahan, who was seeded sixth last year, downed top-seeded McIlroy with a 2 & 1
Mahan made his way into the final with a 2 & 1 decision over 10th-ranked Mark
Wilson in the semifinals, and then built an early lead over McIlroy, who was
4-down with eight to play before making a run.
McIlroy got back within two over the next four holes, but failed to make a
birdie at the 17th and conceded the title to Mahan.
Golf Channel will have coverage all five days. Their coverage on Saturday and
Sunday will be early, before they hand off to NBC for the rest of the round.
The PGA Tour heads to Florida next week for the Honda Classic, where McIlroy
earned his world No. 1 ranking following a 2-stroke victory over Woods in
2012. The European Tour returns to action next week with a new event, the
Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.
HONDA LPGA THAILAND, Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old Course), Chonburi,
Thailand - World No. 1 Yani Tseng seeks to win her third straight title at
this event after topping 2010 winner Ai Miyazato last year.
Tseng birdied the final two holes to finish with a 19-under-par 269 and hold
off Miyazato, who ended a shot back at minus-18, and repeat as champion.
Tseng entered the final round trailing by one, but carded a 6-under 66 to
overtake Miyazato, who closed with a 68.
The lone member of the top 20 ranked women's golfers in the world not
participating in this event is 20th-ranked Chie Arimura.
Rising 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko is also in the field and will be looking
to build on her third-place finish at the Women's Australian Open, which moved
her into 26th in the world rankings.
Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.
The LPGA moves to Singapore next week with the HSBC Women's Champions. Angela
Stanford took home her fifth LPGA title by outlasting Jenny Shin, Shanshan
Feng and Na Yeon Choi in three playoff holes last year.
PANAMA CLARO CHAMPIONSHIP, Panama Golf Club, Panama, City, Panama - Edward
Loar scrambled after a slow start to capture his first tour victory at this
event last season and will now try to become the first player in Web.com
history to successfully defend his title.
Loar had three bogeys and a triple-bogey during his final round before a
birdie and two pars over his final three holes allowed him to hang on for the
win despite carding a 4-over 74.
He ended the tournament with a 4-under 276, one stroke ahead of Cameron Percy,
Ryan Armour, Luke List and Brian Smock.
This year's field includes former major champions Rich Beem, Todd Hamilton and
Shaun Micheel, as well as countless former PGA players as there is no opposite
PGA event this week.
There is no television this week.
The Web.com tour moves to Bogota, Colombia, next week for the Colombia
Championship, where Skip Kendall birdied his final hole last year to take a 1-
stroke victory over Andrew Svoboda and Andres Gonzales.
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