Quigley Makes Match Play May Face Tiger

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2007- WGC-AccenturePEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brett Quigley did enough at Pebble Beach to stay put at No. 64 in the world ranking Monday and grab the last spot in the field for the Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
That's the good news.
 
If no one withdraws by next Monday, Quigley will play Tiger Woods in the first round at The Gallery outside Tucson, Ariz.
 
And that's not necessarily bad news.
 
'In order to win the tournament, you have to beat everybody,' Quigley said Sunday after a 2-under 70 to tie for 25th in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 'If you're going to be the Match Play champion, at some point you'll probably have to play Tiger.'
 
Pebble Beach was the cutoff for making the 64-man field, based entirely on the world ranking.
 
Woods is the No. 1 seed as he goes after his eighth consecutive PGA TOUR victory. The other top seeds are Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson. The tournament begins Feb. 21, and the field will be set at 5 p.m. MST next Monday.
 
The field continues to reflect dwindling U.S. presence in the world rankings, with a record-low 22 Americans in the field, down from 25 a year ago and 40 in the first year of this WGC event in 1999.
 
Europe has 19 players in the field, and four players from its Ryder Cup team could face each other in the opening round -- Sergio Garcia against Darren Clarke, and Lee Westwood against Padraig Harrington.
 
But those pairings, including Woods vs. Quigley, hinges on everyone showing up. And most of the attention is on Arron Oberholser, who is recovering from bulging disks in his back and is hopeful of returning at the Match Play.
 
If he decides he can't play, he would be replaced by J.J. Henry at No. 65 in the world ranking, who would face Woods. If Oberholser withdraws after 5 p.m. next Monday, his first-round opponent (David Toms) would advance to the second round by forfeit.
 
Quigley qualified for only his second WGC event, having tied for ninth in September at the American Express Championship outside London. And while Tucson is a world away, there could be one similarity -- spending the day with the world's No. 1 player. Quigley played in the final group at the Grove and closed with a 73, finishing 13 shots behind Woods.
 
'I know I'll have to be as good as I can ever be,' Quigley said. 'But it's match play, and anything can happen.'
 
Then he paused.
 
'I'm not going to 'Stephen Ames' this,' he said with a laugh.
 
Ames faced Woods in the opening round last year at La Costa, and two days before their match said he was eager to play because anything can happen, adding with a smile, 'especially where he's hitting the ball.'
 
Woods defeated him 9 and 8.
 
Quigley couldn't remember the last time he competed in match play, although he was good when he played. He captured the 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur by beating Bill Heim (now the caddie for Rich Beem) in the final. He believes his last match play experience came at the 1990 Rhode Island State Amateur in 1990, which he won 10 and 9 over Charlie Hayes in the final.
 
'I remember beating my dad in the semifinals,' Quigley said. 'I don't think Tiger is going to go down quite that easily.'
 
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