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Match Play brackets announced

Luke Donald, the game's top player, will defend his Accenture Match Play title Wednesday in a pairing with golf great Ernie Els.

Tiger Woods earned a fifth seed — the lowest of his career — and will be matched up with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Former University of Arizona player Jim Furyk was seeded 14th in the bracket, which was announced Monday.

Players will tee off beginning at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana.

Practice rounds will take place Monday and Tuesday. Play in the single-elimination tournament will continue through Monday.

Wednesday's first round matchups

Bobby Jones Bracket

  • 8:05 a.m. Dustin Johnson (3) vs. Jim Furyk (14)
  • 8:15 a.m. Thomas Bjorn (6) vs. Francesco Molinari (11)
  • 9:25 a.m. Adam Scott (2) vs. Robert Rock (15)
  • 9:35 a.m. Bo Van Pelt (7) vs. Mark Wilson (10)
  • 10:45 a.m. K.J. Choi (4) vs. Kyle Stanley (13)
  • 10:55 a.m. Brandt Snedeker (5) vs. Retief Goosen (12)
  • 12:05 p.m. Luke Donald (1) vs. Ernie Els (16)
  • 12:15 p.m. Jason Dufner (8) vs. Peter Hanson (9)

Ben Hogan bracket

  • 7:25 a.m. Graeme McDowell (3) vs. Y.E. Yang (14)
  • 7:35 a.m. Hunter Mahan (6) vs. Zach Johnson (11)
  • 8:45 a.m. Steve Stricker (2) vs. Kevin Na (15)
  • 8:55 a.m. Louis Oosthuizen (7) vs. Aaron Baddeley (10)
  • 10:05 a.m. Matt Kuchar (4) vs. Jonathan Byrd (13)
  • 10:15 a.m. Bubba Watson (5) vs. Ben Crane (12)
  • 11:25 a.m. Martin Kaymer (1) vs. Greg Chalmers (16)
  • 11:35 a.m. David Toms (8) vs. Rickie Fowler (9)

Gary Player bracket

  • 8:25 a.m. Charl Schwartzel (3) vs. Gary Woodland (14)
  • 8:35 a.m. Ian Poulter (6) vs. Sang-moon Bae (11)
  • 9:45 a.m. Jason Day (2) vs. R.C. Bello (15)
  • 9:55 a.m. Simon Dyson (7) vs. John Senden (10)
  • 11:05 a.m. Sergio Garcia (4) vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (13)
  • 11:15 a.m. Keegan Bradley (5) vs. Geoff Ogilvy (12)
  • 12:25 p.m. Rory McIlroy (1) vs. George Coetzee (16)
  • 12:35 p.m. Kyung-tae Kim (8) vs. Anders Hansen (9)

Sam Snead Bracket

  • 7:45 a.m. Bill Haas (3) vs. Ryo Ishikawa (14)
  • 7:55 a.m. Justin Rose (6) vs. Paul Lawrie (11)
  • 9:05 a.m. Webb Simpson (2) vs. Matteo Manassero (15)
  • 9:15 a.m. Alvaro Quiros (7) vs. Martin Laird (10)
  • 10:25 a.m. Nick Watney (4) vs. Darren Clarke (13)
  • 10:35 a.m. Tiger Woods (5) vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (12)
  • 11:45 a.m. Lee Westwood (1) vs Nicolas Colsaerts (16)
  • 11:55 a.m. Robert Karlsson (8) vs. Fredrik Jacobson (9)
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Luke Donald sizes up a putt in 2010, when he lost a Friday match to fellow Englishman Olive Wilson on a 20th-hole eagle putt.

If you go

  • What: Accenture Match Play Championship
  • When: Feb. 20-26
  • Where: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive in Marana
  • Tickets: General admission tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at gate for Monday and Tuesday; $45 in advance and $55 at gate Wednesday-Thursday; $35 in advance, $45 at gate Saturday and Sunday; $125 for weekly package (Monday-Sunday). Available at Accenture's website or at Fry's and Costco.

Tips for attending Accenture

  • If you can only go one or two days, make it the practice rounds Monday and/or Tuesday. Cameras are allowed during practice, but not during the tournament (Wednesday-Sunday), and the field is halved each day after Wednesday. By Saturday, there will be just 16 golfers left to watch, and by Sunday it's just four. The atmosphere is also more relaxed on Monday and Tuesday, so players are more likely to sign autographs and interact with fans. It's also cheaper on those days.
  • Bring sunscreen, wear a hat and alternate $7 beers with water. Er, it's a desert.
  • Keep phones on silent. Until this year, cellphones were banned at PGA tournaments. Now you can bring them, but keep them silent. PGA golfers can get pretty testy when phones ring during their backswings.
  • — Brad Poole

Live on television

  • Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Golf Channel
  • Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Golf Channel
  • Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Golf Channel
  • Saturday, 9 - 11 a.m. Golf Channel; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. NBC
  • Sunday, 6 - 10 a.m. Golf Channel; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. NBC