Verplank Na play ways into Match Play


2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayLOS ANGELES – Ross McGowan of England gets the final spot in the 64-man Match Play Championship in Arizona, but only if Tiger Woods doesn’t show up.

Sunday was the cutoff for players to qualify for Match Play based on the world ranking.

American Kevin Na shot a 66 to secure his spot in the $8.5 million World Golf Championship, which is held Feb. 17-21 in Marana, Arizona. Scott Verplank and Chad Campbell also made sure they had a spot in the field.

Woods is not expected to play the Accenture Match Play Championship, while Phil Mickelson already has said he’s not going because of a family vacation that previously was postponed because of his wife’s breast cancer.

McGowan is No. 66 in the world ranking this week, and would get the No. 64 seed. Steve Stricker would be the No. 1 seed, assuming Woods doesn’t play.