Donald to face Els in WGC-Accenture Match Play, Woods gets Spaniard

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Luke Donald's battle with Ernie Els is the highest-profile match for an opening round since Tiger Woods played Nick Faldo in the inaugural event in 1999.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 | 12:40 a.m.

Defending champion Luke Donald will face Ernie Els in Wednesday’s first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Tiger Woods is to play Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

The seeding for the first World Golf Championship of the year is based on the world ranking released Sunday.

Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westood and Martin Kaymer are the top four seeds. Woods, a three-time Accenture Match Play winner, is the No. 19 seed, the first time he has played this event without being among the top three seeds.

Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey are not playing.

The Donald-Els match is the highest-profile for an opening round since Woods played Nick Faldo in the inaugural event in 1999.

Here are the 32 first-round pairings:
Luke Donald (1), England, vs. Ernie Els (64), South Africa
Rory McIlroy (2), Northern Ireland, vs. George Coetzee (63), South Africa
Lee Westwood (3), England, vs. Nicolas Colsaerts (62), Belgium
Martin Kaymer (4), Germany, vs. Greg Chalmers (61), Australia
Steve Stricker (5), United States, vs. Kevin Na (60), United States
Webb Simpson (6), United States, vs. Matteo Manassero (59), Italy
Jason Day (7), Australia, vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello (58), Spain
Adam Scott (8), Australia, vs. Robert Rock (57), England
Dustin Johnson (9), United States, vs. Jim Furyk (56), United States
Charl Schwartzel (10), South Africa, vs. Gary Woodland (55), United States
Bill Haas (11), United States, vs. Ryo Ishikawa (54), Japan
Graeme McDowell (12), Northern Ireland, vs. Y.E. Yang (53), South Korea
Matt Kuchar (13), United States, vs. Jonathan Byrd (52), United States
Nick Watney (14), United States, vs. Darren Clarke (51), Northern Ireland
Sergio Garcia (15), Spain, vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez (50), Spain
K.J. Choi (16), South Korea, vs. Kyle Stanley (49), United States
Brandt Snedeker (17), United States, vs. Retief Goosen (48), South Africa
Keegan Bradley (18), United States, vs. Geoff Ogilvy (47), Australia
Tiger Woods (19), United States, vs. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (46), Spain
Bubba Watson (20), United States, vs. Ben Crane (45), United States
Hunter Mahan (21), United States, vs. Zach Johnson (44), United States
Justin Rose (22), England, vs. Paul Lawrie (43), Scotland
Ian Poulter (23), England, vs. Bae Sang-moon (42), South Korea
Thomas Bjorn (24), Denmark, vs. Francesco Molinari (41), Italy
Bo Van Pelt (25), United States, vs. Mark Wilson (40), United States
Simon Dyson (26), England, vs. John Senden (39), Australia
Alvaro Quiros (27), Spain, vs. Martin Laird (38), Scotland
Louis Oosthuizen (28), South Africa, vs. Aaron Baddeley (37), Australia
David Toms (29), United States, vs. Rickie Fowler (36), United States
Robert Karlsson (30), Sweden, vs. Fredrik Jacobson (35), Sweden
K.T. Kim (31), South Korea, vs. Anders Hansen (34), Denmark
Jason Dufner (32), United States, vs. Peter Hanson (33), Sweden