Power rankings for the top-3 contenders at Accenture Match Play

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In 2011, Luke Donald was the WGC-Accenture Match Play champion.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 8:11 a.m.


The lone match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule takes place this week in Marana, Ariz. -- the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after taking down Rory McIlroy one year ago, 2&1 in the final.
Before the tournament gets under way on Wednesday, BleacherReport.com featured columnist Richard Langford highlighted the players he believes to be the top 2 contenders to win the 2013 title.
Langford wrote:
Hunter Mahan will try to defend his Accenture Match Play Championship title following a late Sunday collapse from the lead of the Northern Trust Open. 
He is definitely among the favorites, but this field is so deep, he doesn't even crack our top three. 
Of course, there is no guarantee anyone will be in contention. As if the PGA Tour was not already hard enough to predict, we have to deal with this unpredictable format, where just one string of bad holes is enough to send even the world's top golfers packing. 
So, while the following three golfers should be considered heavy favorites when this tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain Marana, Ariz., they certainly aren't locks. 
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