About the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship:
When: Feb. 20-24
Where: The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona
Matt Kuchar defeated the defending champion, Hunter Mahan, by a 2-and-1 score in the championship match. It was Kuchar's fifth career PGA Tour victory. Kuchar defeated Hiroyuki Fujita, Sergio Garcia, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Garrigus, Jason Day and finally Mahan on the way to the title.
Hunter Mahan defeated Rory McIlroy in the championship match, 2 and 1, to claim his first WGC title. To reach the final, Mahan had beated Mark Wilson in the semifinals while McIlroy dispatched Lee Westwood. Wilson won the third-place match over Westwood, 1-up.
WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Format:
The golfers face off in single-elimination, 18-hole, match-play matches. In the first round, the No. 1 seed plays No. 64; No. 2 plays No. 63; and so on.
On the final day, the last four golfers play semifinal matches in the morning. The winners of the semifinals face each other in the championship match in the afternoon, while the semifinal losers play a consolation match.
• See also: Match Play Primer
WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Golf Courses:
- La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, Calif., 1999-2000, 2002-2006
- The Metropolitan Club, South Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia, 2001
WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Trivia and Notes:
- Jeff Maggert won the first WGC Match Play Championship in 1999. That was the first WGC tournament played, making Maggert the first-ever WGC champion.
- Tiger Woods is the only multiple winner of this tournament. Woods won back-to-back in 2003-04, then added his third victory in 2008.
WGC Accenture Match Play Championship - Past Winners:
2012 - Hunter Mahan def. Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1
2011 - Luke Donald def. Martin Kaymer, 3 and 2
(Prior to 2011 championship matches were 36 holes)
2010 - Ian Poulter def. Paul Casey, 4 and 2
2009 - Geoff Ogilvy def. Paul Casey, 4 and 3
2008 - Tiger Woods def. Stewart Cink, 8 and 7
2007 - Henrik Stenson def. Geoff Ogilvy, 2 and 1
2006 - Geoff Ogilvy def. Davis Love III, 3 and 2
2005 - David Toms def. Chris DiMarco, 6 and 5
2004 - Tiger Woods def. Davis Love III, 3 and 2
2003 - Tiger Woods def. David Toms, 2 and 1
2002 - Kevin Sutherland def. Scott McCarron, 1-up
2001 - Steve Stricker def. Pierre Fulke, 2 and 1
2000 - Darren Clarke def. Tiger Woods, 4 and 3
1999 - Jeff Maggert def. Andrew Magee, 1-up (38 holes)