Accenture Match Play Championship
Tiger won't try to get mojo back in Marana
Woods not in the field announced for next week's tournament
Tiger Woods will not make his return to golf in Marana at next week's Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods, who won the tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2008, was not in the field announced by the PGA Tour Friday afternoon.
The top 64 golfers in the World Golf Rankings are invited to the tournament, which is hosted by the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.
Woods' decision not to play means 2001 winner Steve Stricker will be the top seed for the 12th Match Play tournament. Phil Mickelson also will not play. Because the top golfers declined invitations, Englishmen Chris Wood (ranked No. 65) and Ross McGowan (No. 66) will be in the field for the first time. For bracket information, go to www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r470/
Play starts Tuesday and ends Feb. 21. Tickets are still available.
The best chance for fan access will be during practice rounds Monday and Tuesday. Cameras are allowed during practice, but not during the rest of the week. Ticket prices also rise later in the week. Check www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r470/general-info/index.html for schedule and ticket information.
Expect brilliant southern Arizona weather, at least early in the week. The National Weather Service is for sunny skies and temps in the mid 70s through Wednesday. But bring a jacket - morning lows will dip to the low 40s.
Woods - who won the tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2008 - has been the No. 1 seed each year he has played, save one. In 2005, he was the No. 2 seed and Vijay Singh took the top seed and Woods was No. 2. In 2001, when Woods did not play, South African Ernie Els was the top seed.
Last year's champion, Geoff Ogilvy of Australia, will defend his title. Ogilvy also won in 2006, the last year the tournament was at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The tournament moved to the Gallery Golf Club at Marana's Dove Mountain in 2007 and to the adjacent Ritz Carlton course last year.
The tournament will be televised on the Golf Channel from noon-4 p.m. local time Wed.-Sat. On the weekend, the tournament will air on the Golf Channel from 8 a.m.-noon and on CBS from noon-4 p.m.