Kuchar gears up for Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana - The Explorer: Sports

Kuchar gears up for Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:00 am

The PGA Tour World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana is about a month away, and last year’s champion, Matt Kuchar, is ready to defend his title.

The match play-style event will again take place at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Feb. 17-23. Last year, Kuchar defeated the previous champion Hunter Mahan.

“I’m still amazed at what Hunter Mahan did a couple years in a row now, having won I think 11 matches in a row is just a spectacular feat,” Kuchar said last week. “I look ahead to my defense and think that, golly, to try to go that deep in the field again would be an incredible feat. I’m certainly ready, my game is in good form and I’m looking forward to getting back to Dove Mountain and the Accenture Match Play.”

The course has sometimes been a challenge for top-golfers, sending top names out within the first few days, due to both the approach shots and the unique scoring that match play offers golfers.

Kuchar, who is currently eighth in the PGA World Rankings, feels the approach shots are really key.

“I think that driving, you got some pretty generous fairways, if you miss in the desert, it’s no good, but for the most part you got pretty generous fairways to hit at Dove Mountain. It’s the approach shots that are show critical. It’s all the slopes and undulation in the greens. I see some characteristics to what we would see at Augusta and that it’s important to really be in control, really be able to control your approach shots, whether it’s with shape or with spin, it’s kind of the key part around playing well at Dove Mountain.

“And then the putting, I think you just have to really be creative and really be able to see a lot of things that go along with speed.  I think speed’s so critical, with so much slope, at figuring out the amount of break, but I think that getting the speed of the putts down, with that much break, is such a critical ingredient.”

Some golfers are still on the fence on whether or not they plan to attend. The names which are questionable for attendance are Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson. The top 64 golfers, as of Feb. 10, are invited to come out and play. The bracket and tee times will be unveiled on Sunday, Feb. 16, after the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour. 

On track to make their first Accenture Match Play Championship starts are Kevin Streelman (No. 36), Graham DeLaet (No. 37), Billy Horschel (No. 39), Jonas Blixt (No. 42), Jimmy Walker (No. 47), Harris English (No. 48), Joost Luiten (No. 50), Bernd Wiesberger (No. 55), Chris Kirk (No. 57), Brendon de Jonge (No. 59), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 60), D.A. Points (No. 61), Hyung-sung Kim (No. 62) and Peter Uihlein (No. 63).

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

HS Schedule

Thursday, September 11

Girls Golf

Marana,  Ironwood Ridge at Nighthawk Invitational

Swimming (4:00)

Marana at Cienega (Clements Center)

Buena at Mountain View (Marana Pool)

Pusch Ridge/Sahuaro at Ironwood Ridge (Oro Valley Aquatic Center)

Salpointe/St. Augustine at Catalina Footholls (@5 p.m. Hillenbrand Aquatic Center)

Girls Volleyball (Freshman @4, JV @5 and Varsity @6 unless otherwise noted)

Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

Scottsdale Christian at Pusch Ridge (JV and Varsity only)

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Cienega at Catalina Foothills

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Poston Butte at Marana

JV Football (6 p.m.)

Catalina Foothills at Cienega

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Ironwood Ridge at CDO

Friday, September 12

Girls Volleyball (All Day)

Marana, Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Golf

Marana,  Ironwood Ridge at Nighthawk Invitational

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO at Cactus Cup Invitational at Arizona National

Cross Country 5 p.m.

CDO, Ironwood Ridge, Marana and Mountain View at Desert Solstice XC Invite

Football (7 p.m.)

Cienega at Catalina Foothills

Canyon Del Oro at Ironwood Ridge

Poston Butte at Marana (Military Night)

Mountain View at Mesquite

Scottsdale Christian at Pusch Ridge

Saturday, September 13

Girls Volleyball (All Day)

Marana, Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells Invitational

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO at Cactus Cup Invitational at Arizona National

Cross Country

Pusch Ridge hosts Twin Trees Invitationa

Catalina Foothills at Ray Wherley Invitational in Prescott, AZ

MOS: Back To School

We asked the community about the new school semester starting.

OV Mayor Candidates Debate

The Oro Valley Mayor Candidates Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, and Pat Straney debated on July 30 at the...

More Featured Videos
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook