Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - PGA TOUR - WGC - ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY
CHAMPIONSHIP, The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona - The PGA Tour
heads back to Arizona this week for the WGC - Accenture Match Play
Matt Kuchar never trailed en route to a 2 & 1 victory over 2012 champion
Hunter Mahan last season to earn his first WGC title and his fifth PGA Tour
victory in all.
Kuchar stretched his lead up to 4-up following a 3-foot birdie putt at the
eighth before seeing Kuchar battle back to within one with two holes to play.
Mahan, however, needed four shots to find the green at the par-4 17th and
conceded the match to Kuchar.
Kuchar holds a 15-3 career record at this event, which is the highest winning
percentage of anyone with at least 10 matches played.
Tiger Woods is the only player to successfully defend his title at this event,
winning in 2003 and again in 2004.
The field consists of the top 64 players in last week's world rankings, but
No. 1 Woods, No. 2 Adam Scott and No. 4 Phil Mickelson will not play this
week, allowing Scott Piercy, Richard Sterne and Kiradech Aphibarnrat to take
Humana Challenge winner Patrick Reed will be among the seventeen first-time
participants this year.
Golf Channel will have television coverage Wednesday through Friday and early
on the weekend before handing off to CBS in the afternoon.
The PGA moves east to Florida next week for the Honda Classic, where Michael
Thompson picked up his first PGA Tour victory last season.
HONDA LPGA THAILAND, Siam Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand - The LPGA Tour is
in Thailand this week for the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Inbee Park was surprisingly handed her first of six titles of the year at this
event last season when Ariya Jutanugarn missed a 3-foot double-bogey putt at
the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff.
The then-17-year-old Jutanugarn entered the tournament's final hole with a 2-
stroke lead before seeing it slowly slip away.
Park will return to defend her title in her 2014 season debut against a field
that includes the top 10 players in the world. With Park not participating in
the first two events of the season, world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and third-
ranked Stacy Lewis have both pulled within 1.25 average points of Park.
Golf Channel will have mostly tape-delayed coverage this week.
The LPGA travels to Singapore next week for the HSBC Women's Champions, where
Stacy Lewis earned a 1-stroke victory over Na Yeon Choi last year.
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