A primer for the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Hunter Mahan
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Hunter Mahan will attempt to defend his title in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship beginning on Wednesday.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 10:11 a.m.


Tim Daniels, a featured columnsist for BleacherReport.com, put together a nice primer to get you prepared for the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, which starts Wednesday in Marana, Ariz.
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after topping Rory McIlroy, 2&1 in 2012.
Daniels highlights some notable Round 1 match ups, predicts the semifinal and championship matches and gives his pick to win.
Daniels writes:
The Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most entertaining tournaments of the golf season. Instead of stroke play, it's a bracket-style event similar to March Madness in college basketball with 64 of the world's top players going head to head for the title.
Hunter Mahan is back to defend his title after beating Rory McIlroy, this year's top overall seed, in the finals. The field also features Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and countless other big names. The most notable absences are Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
The tournament forces players to use more strategy. Normally, it's just them against the course in an attempt to post a low score. Match play comes down to which player can best adapt his game to each opponent and take chances at the right times.
Action gets under way on Wednesday with the Round of 64. Here's a look at the key information for the event, followed by a television schedule, list of opening-round matchups and predictions for which players will reach the final four and who will take home the trophy.
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