WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Marana, Ariz.
Course: Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (7,791 yards, par 72).
Purse: $8.75 million. Winner's share: $1.5 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 9:30 a.m.- until completion; Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.; 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.; 4 p.m.-1 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Hunter Mahan won his second WGC title, beating Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in the final. Mahan also beat Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar and Mark Wilson.
Last week: John Merrick won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles for his first PGA Tour title, beating Charlie Beljan with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Merrick is from Long Beach and played at UCLA. ... South Africa's Darren Fichardt won the Africa Open for his fourth European Tour title.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2003, 2004 and 2008 winner, will open against Charles Howell III. Woods won at Torrey Pines in his lone PGA Tour start of the year. ... The top-ranked McIlroy will face Shane Lowry in the first round. ... Luke Donald won the 2011 event. ... Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson and Pebble Beach champion Brandt Snedeker are skipping the tournament. ... The event is in its fifth year at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. ... The first-round losers will receive $46,000. ... The Honda Classic is next week at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Site: Pattaya, Thailand.
Course: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course (6,469 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6 -9:30 a.m.; Friday, 6-10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title, birdieing the final two holes to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke.
Last week: South Korea's Jiyai Shin won the Australian Women's Open by two strokes. Tseng was second and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko finished third.
Notes: Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Los Altos Hills' Juli Inkster, Pleasanton's Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome are making their first starts of the year. ... Stanford's Michelle Wie missed the cut in Australia with rounds of 74 and 73. ... The tournament also is sanctioned by the Thailand Ladies Golf Association. ... The HSBC Women's Champions is next week in Singapore. The tour will open its U.S. schedule March 14-17 with the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 15-17, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach
Last week: Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic for the second time in three years, beating Jay Don Blake by a stroke at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla.