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Golf Australia Express : Issue 24
WGC-Accenture Match Play February 22-26, 2012 Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Arizona, USA Purse US$8,500,000 Defending Champ: Luke Donald (ENG) IN THE HEAT OF MOMENTS What’s happening on the PGA and European tours this week WHO TO WATCH THIS WEEK WORLD NO.1 Luke Donald’s an obvious favourite this week. The 34-year-old won last year with a 3&2 over German Martin Kaymer in the final, sparking a remarkable season where he won four events, the PGA and European money lists, and Player of the Year. He’s a proven clutch player who’s dominated the scene for 12-months and has the right temperament to go back-to-back. LUKE DONALD (ENG) GEOFF OGILVY (AUS) AS A two-time WGC Match Play winner (’06 and’09) and a three- time event finalist, Geoff Ogilvy has proven he’s a formidable opponent in this format. And the 34-year-old Aussie—now sporting a Luigi-style Mo— showed he’s still up to the head-to-head challenge, defeating American Bill Haas 2-up in their Presidents Cup singles match in November. He loves match play and he’s due for a big win. OTG PEEK THE MATCH PLAY golf is captivating viewing. Think Ryder, Presidents and Solheim cups. Singles battles and event playoffs to whet the appetite. And this week’s Accenture Match Play, the first in a series of four World Golf Championships events, will give us some fine head-to-head battles. Sixty-four of the world’s best will tussle it out in the sun at the magnificent Jack Nicklaus-designed Ritz Carlton Golf Club in the hot Arizona Desert. Each match is a 2-ball, contested to the death with the loser sent packing. Each hole will host a battle where it’s more important to be up on the scorecard than being under par. We love it when a bogey can win a hole and a birdie can lose it—there’s sure to be a major upset or two this week. Remember it was here in 2005 & 2007 when rank outsider Nick O’Hern inflicted wounds in Tiger’s ego (a couple years before he did it to himself). OTG THE EVENT