|Accenture World Match Play Championship - February 20, 2006
Accenture World Match Play Championships
Lacosta Resort & Spa
Par: 72 Yardage: 7,247
Defending champion: David Toms
Purse: $7.5 million
- David Toms begins his defense of the World Match Play championship on Wednesday.
- Steve Timms, Shell Houston Open tournament director, is visiting the World Match Play Championships this week to chat with Toms about an upcoming visit to Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course on which Toms served as a consultant to architect Rees Jones
- TV times for the Match Play Championships: ESPN -- Wed. (1-5 PM Central), Thurs. (1-5 PM Central), Fri. (1-5 PM Central), Sat. (10:30 AM-2:30 PM Central); ABC Sports -- Sat. (2-6 PM Central); ESPN2 -- Sun. (9:30 AM-1 PM Central); ABC Sports -- Sun. (1:30-5:30 PM)
Chrysler Classic of Tucson
Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
Par: 72 Yardage: 7,213
Defending champion: Geoff Ogilvy
Purse: $3 million
- Night Owl TV: This week's Chrysler Classic of Tucson will be televised on tape-delay on USA Network from 10 PM-Midnight Thrus. through Sun.
- Geoff Ogilvy became the 14th player to win his first PGA TOUR event at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, joining Heath Slocum (2004), Ian Leggatt (2002), Garrett Willis (2001), Jim Carter (2000), Lee Janzen (1992), Phil Mickelson (1991), Robert Gamez (1990), Mike Reid (1987), Bruce Lietzke (1977), J.C. Snead (1971), Dave Hill (1961), Lionel Hebert (1958) and Skip Alexander (1948).
- Geoff Ogilvy picked up his first professional victory by defeating Kevin Na and Mark Calcavecchia in the ninth playoff in Chrysler Classic of Tucson history. It was the first playoff in Tucson since Gabriel Hjertstedt defeated Tommy Armour III in 1999. It marked the first three-man playoff since Gil Morgan outlasted Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins in 1983.
- With his fourth-place finish last week, 2003 Shell Houston Open winner Fred Couples now has 12 Top-10 finishes in his career at the Nissan Open. To go one further, he has seven Top-5 efforts in his career in Los Angeles.
- Craig Barlow has finished T5 and 3rd in his last two starts for his first career back-to-back Top-10 finishes of his nine-year career. The solo third last week at the Nissan Open also equaled his career-best finish.
- David Duval, 1998 Shell Houston Open champion, quietly continues to make strides in his comeback. Last year, Duval posted only four rounds in the 60s in 42 tries and recorded a
75.559 scoring average. This year through 15 rounds, Duval has seven rounds in the 60s and a scoring average of 70.542—an improvement of more than five strokes per round.
- In his first six starts of the season, Rory Sabbatini has a victory, two seconds and four Top-10s to his credit. He’s already won more than he’s earned in any of his first seven seasons on TOUR with the exception of 2004.
- Five of the Top 20 players on the current Official World Golf Ranking are still in their 20s — Sergio Garcia (#6), Adam Scott (#8), Luke Donald (#14), Rory Sabbatini (#16) and Henrik Stenson (#18).
- You might want to look for a first-time winner this week at the
Chrysler Classic of Tucson. A total of 14 players have made the Tucson stop their first TOUR victory, including five of the last six winners.
- Loren Roberts is already the first player in Champions Tour history to win the first three events of the season. A win this week would also allow him to tie the all-time Champions Tour record for consecutive victories with four. Chi Chi Rodriguez first accomplished the feat in 1987.
- More on Roberts: In his first nine starts on the Champions Tour
dating back to last year, he has eight Top-10s, including four wins. He’s averaging $195,442 per Champions Tour start.
- Ed Dougherty must find the TwinEagles GC pleasing to the eye. In the last two years, Dougherty has hit 83 of 84 fairways (98.8%) off the tee.
- The T2’s posted by Brad Bryant and R.W. Eaks last week at The ACE Group Classic represented a career-best for both players.
- Don Pooley has finished 2-T4-T6 in his first three starts of the
season. This week, Pooley will try his hand with the younger set when he tees it up at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in his hometown.
- The Royal Adelaide GC gave the Nationwide Tour a stern test last week, playing to a stroke average of 73.456. The course certainly has offered a consistent challenge -- the scoring average last year at Royal Adelaide was 73.436.
- Peter O’Malley has won the ING New Zealand PGA Championship twice in his career. No one has ever won the same Nationwide Tour three times in a career. O’Malley will get his chance to make history this week.
- This week’s stop in Christchurch, New Zealand is the final
international event on the Nationwide Tour this year. The Tour will take a break following this week and will begin the domestic portion of the schedule the week of Mar. 20-26 outside Lafayette, LA, at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
- The Class of 2005 has started nicely on the PGA TOUR with nine players currently among the Top 125. Three of them already have Top-10 finishes, including runner-up efforts by Nathan Green and Camilo Villegas.