Kyle Stanley won his opening-round match on Wednesday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and with it a spot in next week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Thanks to his 2-and-1 victory over K.J. Choi, Stanley moved up three spots in the world golf ranking to 48th to qualify for the season’s second WGC. The top 50 in Monday’s ranking qualify for Doral, but those outside the top 50 still have a chance to earn a trip to Miami.
The top 50 from next week’s world ranking and the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings following the Honda Classic also qualify for the Cadillac.
Retief Goosen, who is in the field at this week’s Honda Classic, dropped from 50th to 52nd and needs a big week in south Florida to qualify.
Jim Furyk is currently 59th in the world and is also in the field at PGA National. Furyk has not missed an official WGC event since the 2004 Match Play, a run of 24 consecutive starts.
Ernie Els, who lost in Round 2 at the Match Play, is also outside the Cadillac bubble at the moment at 65th in the world. Els hasn’t missed an official WGC since 2006.