February 24, 2013; Marana, AZ, USA; Hunter Mahan shakes hands with Ian Poulter after defeating him 4 and 3 during the semifinals of the Accenture Match Play Championships at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Preview

If you like March Madness in College Basketball and Match Play Golf, you will love The WGC Accenture Match Play Championships. It is 64 of the worlds best 68 golfers teeing it up Mano e Mano with the winner moving on, and the loser going home. They take the top 64 golfers based on Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR) who are available. FedEx Cup and Race To Dubai points along with a boat-load of cash are all waiting for the last man standing on Sunday afternoon.

The Accenture Match Play Championships is the only tournament on the PGA Tour that features a Match Play format. Unlike the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup, it does not have quirky formats like Fourballs, and Best Ball, simply win and you’re in, lose and go home. I think the rules need to be tweaked in order to keep star players on the course, even if they lose.

This event which is played at the Jack Nicklaus designed Dove Mountain Resort located in Marana, Arizona, which is just North of Tucson. The 2013 rendition of the tournament saw a full bag of tricks that Mother Nature had to offer. The second round on Thursday had a snow delay, and the Sunday finale saw temperatures in the low 40′s with winds gusting well over 40 miles an hour.

Matt Kuchar became your defending champion when he outlasted 2012 winner, Hunter Mahan in the gale-force winds with Ian Poulter beating Jason Day in the consolation round.

The Accenture Match Play Championship is the first world-class field event for 2014. Three of the top four players in the world will not be at Dove Mountain this week. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson are out for various reasons. Their absence brings some new players into the championship that include Scott Piercy, Kiradech Aphibarnrat from Thailand, and Richard Sterne from South Africa.

The Dove Mountain Resort is a 7791 yard layout that features lush mountain terrain, and plays to a par of 72. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, and opening in 2008, the golf course was designed with this event in mind. The weather and location have threatened tournament official to begin looking for a new venue. It’s too early in the year to play golf in this part of the world. They are calling for nice weather this year however.

Just like March Madness, you can get a printable bracket at PGATour.com, and there are Bracket challenges available if you want to play. Just click on the links below.

Printable Brackets

Bracket Challenge

TELEVISION: Wednesday, noon-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (GC). Saturday, noon-2 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 9 a.m.1-p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).

Source: PGATour.com

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