Field for WGC - Accenture Match Play takes shape

2/11/2014 8:08:02 PM
George Coetzee   (Getty Images)
George Coetzee (Getty Images)

With the conclusion of the Joburg Open on the European Tour and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA Tour, the top 64 players on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) have solidified their qualifying position in the field for the 2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Players have until Friday, February 14, at 5 p.m. ET to officially commit to the tournament, which returns to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona from February 17-23. The 2014 bracket and tee times will be unveiled on Sunday, February 16, once the OWGR is updated following the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open on the PGA TOUR.

One player made a significant jump in the rankings and into the field – South Africa’s George Coetzee, who went from Number 74 in the OWGR to Number 59, thanks to his three-stroke win at the Joburg Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour.  This will be Coetzee’s third consecutive appearance at the Accenture Match Play Championship where he will be looking to advance beyond the first round for the first time.

In addition to Coetzee, who was 98th in the world at the end of the 2013, six players moved from outside the top 64 in the world to inside the Accenture Match Play Championship field this year: Stephen Gallacher (No. 66 to No. 37); Patrick Reed (No. 73 to No. 45); Scott Stallings (No. 106 to No. 54); Mikko Ilonen (No. 84 to No. 55); Pablo Larrazabal (No. 101 to No. 57); Kevin Stadler (No. 113 to No. 58); Thorbjorn Olesen (No. 65 to No. 60) ); and Mark Leishman (No. 72 to No. 62).

Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson have each indicated they may not compete in this year’s Accenture Match Play Championship, which means – pending the commitment deadline on Friday – that South Africa’s Richard Sterne (No. 65), American Scott Piercy (No. 66) and 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand (No. 67) would make the field.

Fans interested in purchasing or learning more about the Accenture Match Play Championship can visit us on Twitter @WGC_Accenture, go to or call 520-571-0400.  Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Accenture Match Play Championship when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  There is no limit to the number of youth 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult.

Rank  Name                           Country
1          Tiger Woods*              USA
2          Adam Scott*                 AUS

3          Henrik Stenson            SWE
4          Phil Mickelson*           USA
5          Justin Rose                   ENG
6          Rory McIlroy               NIR
7          Zach Johnson               USA
8          Sergio Garcia                ESP
9          Matt Kuchar                 USA
10         Jason Day                     AUS
11         Dustin Johnson             USA
12         Steve Stricker                USA
13         Jordan Spieth                USA
14         Ian Poulter                   ENG
15         Graeme McDowell       NIR
16         Jason Dufner                USA
17         Brandt Snedeker           USA
18         Charl Schwartzel           RSA
19         Webb Simpson             USA
20         Luke Donald                ENG
21         Hideki Matsuyama       JPN
22         Jim Furyk                     USA
23         Keegan Bradley            USA
24         Jimmy Walker              USA
25         Thomas Bjorn              DEN
26         Bubba Watson              USA
27         Graham Delaet             CAN
28         Jamie Donaldson          WAL
29         Victor Dubuisson          FRA
30         Ryan Moore                USA
31         Hunter Mahan              USA
32         Bill Haas                      USA
33         Lee Westwood             ENG
34         Louis Oosthuizen         RSA
35         Ernie Els                      RSA
36         Nick Watney                USA
37         Stephen Gallacher         SCO
38         Gonzalo Fdez-Castano  ESP
39         Miguel A Jimenez        ESP
40         Kevin Streelman           USA
41         Joost Luiten                  NED
42         Billy Horschel              USA
43         Harris English               USA
44         Patrick Reed                USA
45         Francesco Molinari       ITA
46         Jonas Blixt                    SWE
47         Branden Grace             RSA
48         Martin Kaymer             GER
49         Chris Kirk                    USA
50         Matteo Manassero        ITA
51         Thongchai Jaidee          THA
52         David Lynn                  ENG
53         Rickie Fowler              USA
54         Scott Stallings                USA
55         Mikko Ilonen               FIN
56         Gary Woodland            USA
57         Pablo Larrazabal            ESP
58         Kevin Stadler                USA
59         George Coetzee           RSA
60         Thorbjorn Olesen        DEN
61         Peter Hanson                SWE
62         Bernd Wiesberger        AUT
63         Marc Leishman             AUS
64         Boo Weekley               USA
65         Richard Sterne             RSA
66         Scott Piercy                   USA
67         Kiradech Aphibarnrat   THA

*Have indicated they will not be playing