While Matt Kuchar battled Hunter Mahan for the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship title on Sunday, most of the stars that had started the tournament in the Thursday snow storm at Dove Mountain Resort were sitting in South Florida watching the action on television while sipping cocktails on the beach. This can’t be good for television ratings!
In 40 mile per hour winds on Sunday afternoon, Matt Kuchar, clad in two jackets and a toboggan defeated the 2012 Champion, Hunter Mahan, while match-play ace, Ian Poulter was dueling it out for the consolation prize. with Jason Day. I don’t know about you, but as a NASCAR fan, I had the remote fired up, and was flipping between the finale’ and the start of the Daytona 500.
Tiger Woods will not play this year, Phil Mickelson is taking a break, and Adam Scott, who we haven’t seen since the Sony Open is questionable. That’s three of the top four players in the world who have dropped their support for this tournament. I think it’s time to re-think the location and format for this event.
The only draw for the Accenture Match Play is the fact that it is a World Golf Championship event. That means there are both FedEx Cup points, Race To Dubai points, and Ryder Cup considerations on the line. There is nothing else appealing about this tournament.
The first thing they need to do, is move the tournament to a location where winter has moved on. Located on Dove Mountain near Marana, Arizona the second week of February is way too early in the season for golf in the Arizona mountains. The other option would be to change the date to coincide with spring.
The other big problem with the event is, too many of the times, big names in the sport are eliminated in the early rounds, and when they are eliminated, they leave. With only 64 players in the field, there should be a way to keep all the players on the course for the duration of the tournament.
I love match-play competition, and would love to see more of them on the PGA Tour. I would hate to see the tournament completely dropped from the schedule, but feel like there needs to be some changes. Let’s move it to Southern California, Florida, or take it off-shore if it has to be in February.
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