Match Play Championship to Honor Legends


Tournament officials for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship recently announced that the four 16-player brackets in which the field is placed would now bear the names of four golfing legends.
The inaugural class of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Gary Player and Sam Snead, will be honored by having their names attached to one of the four match play brackets.
The players, all inducted to the Hall in 1974, will each head a bracket, with Jones' name attributed the bracket with the No. 1 seed. The second-ranked player will head the Gary Player bracket, the third seed in the Sam Snead bracket and the fourth seed will go into the Ben Hogan bracket.
As of now Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh would be the top four seeds in the tournament.
The single-elimination match-play event will be held Feb. 24 through March 2 and is only open to the top 64 available players in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Last year virtual unknown Kevin Sutherland shocked the world as he managed to overcome all odds, as the 62nd seed, to win the title. He's currently ranked 62nd in the world.