Accenture Match Play Championship
Golfers & fans checking out Match Play course
Accenture Match Play golfers and fans began to drift onto the course at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana on Monday, slowly shifting the quiet resort into a PGA mini-community despite the absence of two of the game's biggest draws.
Though Tiger Woods (ranked No. 1) and Phil Mickelson (No. 3) will not play, a trickle of locals clutching cameras came out to catch other fan favorites. American David Toms, the 2005 winner, was on the course, along with fellow U.S. golfer up-and-comer Anthony Kim.
Last year's winner Australian Geoff Ogilvy will return this year, as will perennial fan favorite Vijay Singh of Fiji. Sergio Garcia, a No. 2 seed last year who was ousted in the first round by No. 63 seed Charl Schwartzel, will play.
The Accenture tournament came to Marana in 2007, after a stint in Carlsbad, Calif., a spot that was frequently plagued with rain. This is the 10th year for the tournament, which is one of four in the World Golf Championships series. Each invites the top 64 golfers in the world.
The tournament is sponsored locally by the Tucson Conquistadors, who hope to raise more than $1 million for local charities via the Match Play. Last year the tournament raised just less than $1 million, said tournament director Wade Dunagan.