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Accenture Match Play Championship

Accenture tickets available for those hoping to see end of Tiger pause

World's top golfer hasn't announced yet, but he has a slot if he wants it.

Tickets are still available for next week's Accenture Match Play Championship, if you want to roll the dice on catching Tiger Woods' return to golf.

The world's top-ranked golfer has been quiet since he left golf indefinitely in the wake of extramarital affairs, but rumors recently emerged that he might return to the game in Tucson. Tournament Director Wade Dunagan declined to comment Tuesday on Woods' rumored return here.

"We'll know Friday," Dunagan said, referring to the deadline for players to accept their spots.

Only the top 64 in the World Golf Rankings are invited. World No. 2 Steve Stricker will play, Dunagan said, though No. 3 Phil Mickelson has bowed out, opting instead for a family vacation.

Though the top-tier, hospitality tickets are gone - mostly to corporate buyers who will likely schmooze clients in the numerous greenside venues - daily tickets are available aplenty, Dunagan said.

Grounds tickets for Monday and Tuesday cost $25. Wednesday costs $55, and tickets for Thurs-Sun. are $45. A surge of ticket sales is expected this week and next, because Tucson is "a little bit of a last-minute town," but Dunagan seems pleased to expect a sizable crowd - Tiger or not.

"Our ticket sales are going along nicely," he said Tuesday in his construction trailer cum tournament headquarters.

The course is quiet this week, but a crowd similar to last year's 65,000 is expected to surge through the gates starting next Tuesday. Dunagan wouldn't give numbers, but there are daily limits on gate sales. The gallery will be reduced for the weekend, when there are fewer matches, allowing a less crowded fan experience, he said.

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Feb 10, 2010, 8:07 am
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Props for that very funny and clever headline.

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Tiger lines up his putt on the green of the 18th hole at the AT&T National, July 2009.

On the Web

For tournament information, including the field and schedules, see the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship website - www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r470/

For tickets, go to Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.com