Looking To Get a Legg Up


While 64 of the best players in the world vie for the $1 million first-place prize at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, 144 others will compete in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
The joint event is used to sharing the tours spotlight. It was opposite the Match Play in 1999, 2000 and 2002. It was played the same week as the Mercedes Championships in 2001.
Ian Leggatt will be back to try and defend his title. At 139th on the Official World Golf Ranking, he failed to qualify for the La Costa event.
The 37-year-old Canadian was one of 18 first-time winners on tour a year ago. After toiling in Canada, Asia, Australia and South Africa, he made it to the Nationwide Tour in 2000 and played well enough to get his 01 PGA Tour card.
He was forced to go to Q-School after finishing 133rd on the money list, but returned and was reward with over $1.2 million last season.
Leggatt became the third straight player to win his maiden tour title in Tucson, and the 11th in the events 56-year history.
But victory doesn't ensure instant success.
Jim Carter won for the first time, in 2000. He finished 138th on the money list the following year and 84th in 2002.
Garrett Willis claimed his maiden title here two years ago in his first tour start. He then made only 11 cuts over his final 32 starts of the season. Last year, he was 136th in earnings, having missed 16 cuts.
The Omni Tucson National Resort again plays host. The 7,109-yard, par-72 Tucson National course has been played the last 12 years, and 27 years overall.
The 72-hole tournament record is 263, matched by three players. Johnny Miller was the last to reach that number, at Tucson National in 1975.
The tournament boasts Jimmy Demaret (2 wins), Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino (2), Miller (4), Tom Watson (2), Phil Mickelson (3) and David Duval as past champions.
Six players have successfully defended their title. Ten players have won it on more than one occasion; though, Mickelson is the only player in the last 15 years to win on multiple occasions. He captured this event as an amateur in 1991, and then again in 95 and 96.
Related Links
  • Full coverage of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson
  • Full coverage of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship