Match play temptation Looking ahead


MARANA, Ariz. – The world’s best can take completely different approaches to the Accenture Match Play Championship. 

Paul Casey, who won the HSBC World Match Play Championship in 2006 and was runner-up in the last two Accenture Match Play Championships, didn’t even know he was playing Richard Green in Wednesday’s first round when he arrived at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Monday.

“I only found out when somebody told me this morning,” Casey said. “I’ve never looked at the brackets. I don’t like to get sucked into thinking I’ve got a difficult bracket, I’ve got an easy bracket. I know every match out here is extremely difficult, every opponent is dangerous.”

While Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell said it’s important to focus on the opponent, both are very much fans, who like to dissect the brackets and figure out which bracket is toughest and what matchups are possible.

“It’s tough not to look at the permutations and have a little giggle as to who you might be seeing the next couple days,” McDowell said. 'It's tough not to have a little grin as to the possibilities.'

McIlroy said: “There’s always going to be intriguing matchups. You’re always interested in seeing who plays whom, but as long as you can concentrate on the guy you’re playing, at the end of the day, that’s most important.”