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World Match Play: Rory McIlroy & Tiger Woods are top seeds

All golf fans couldn`t wait for this year World Golf Match Play draw. We all have our golf drivers ready to be part of this exciting occasion. Who will win this year? That`s a million dollar question! The top 64 players in the world are eligible to play in the tournament, which pits golfers against each other in a series of knockout matches – Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker’s decision to pull out, opened the door for Lowry and Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson, who will play reigning Open champion Ernie Els. Defending champion Mahan opens his campaign against Matteo Manassero of Italy, while other stand-out ties include England’s 2010 champion Ian Poulter playing Scotland’s Steven Gallacher and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell taking on Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.

World number one Rory McIlroy will play Shane Lowry in the first round of the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona.

The Northern Irishman, who was beaten by American Hunter Mahan in last year’s final, plays Ireland’s Lowry who gained his place when Phil Mickelson withdrew.

World number two and three-times winner Tiger Woods takes on fellow American Charles Howell III on Wednesday.

 

Donald, who won the title in 2011, is ranked third and heads the Sam Snead quarter of the draw while McIlroy and Woods are the top seeds in the Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan sections.

The fourth bracket is led by number four seed Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

 

 

 

Full draw:

Bobby Jones bracket

Rory McIlroy (NI) v Shane Lowry (Ire)

Rickie Fowler (US) v Carl Pettersson (Swe)

Dustin Johnson (US) v Alexander Noren (Swe)

Graeme McDowell (NI) v Padraig Harrington (Ire)

Bubba Watson (US) v Chris Wood (Eng)

Jim Furyk (US) v Ryan Moore (US)

Charl Schwartzel (SA) v Russell Henley (US)

Zach Johnson (US) v Jason Day (Aus)

Gary Player bracket

Louis Oosthuizen (SA) v Richie Ramsay (Sco)

Branden Grace (SA) v Robert Garrigus (US)

Keegan Bradley (US) v Marcus Fraser (Aus)

Ernie Els (SA) v Fredrik Jacobson (Swe)

Justin Rose (Eng) v KJ Choi (Kor)

Bill Haas (US) v Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)

Sergio Garcia (Spa) v Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

Matt Kuchar (US) v Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn)

Ben Hogan bracket

Tiger Woods (US) v Charles Howell III (US)

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) v Francesco Molinari (Ita)

Webb Simpson (US) v David Lynn (Eng)

Peter Hanson (Swe) v Thomas Bjorn (Den)

Lee Westwood (Eng) v Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

Martin Kaymer (Ger) v George Coetzee (SA)

Jason Dufner (US) v Richard Sterne (SA)

Hunter Mahan (US) v Matteo Manassero (Ita)

Sam Snead bracket

Luke Donald (Eng) v Marcel Siem (Ger)

Paul Lawrie (Sco) v Scott Piercy (US)

Steve Stricker (US) v Henrik Stenson (Swe)

Nick Watney (US) v David Toms (US)

Adam Scott (Aus) v Tim Clark (SA)

Jamie Donaldson (Wal) v Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)

Ian Poulter (Eng) v Steven Gallacher (Sco)

Bo Van Pelt (US) v John Senden (Aus)

 

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Summer is long gone and we are just starting to get ready for a holiday season. However that doesn’t mean that you can’t get away from all the stress and hustle that comes with Christmas. You don’t even need to part with your golf clubs! There are many amazing golfing places in UK where the greats have played; surely you have at least few of them on your ‘must play’ list. This is a quick overview of best golf resorts that UK has to offer.

 Royal Birkdale Golf Club

This beautiful golf course is located at Birkdale Hills in the North of England. Since it has opened its doors in 1889, it hosted two Ryder cups, the Walker and Curtis Cups, the Woman’s British Open and the Open Championship was hosted nine times in this location. Royal Birkdale Golf Club is certainly rich in history and any golfer to have an opportunity to play there won’t be disappointed. It is world class golfing experience and even in the perfect weather conditions one will have plenty of memorable and challenging shots.

The Belfry

Here is another ‘must play’ golf course for any golfer. This golf resort is located in Wishaw, Warwickshire, UK. The Belfry has three golf courses – Brabazon and The Derby, PGA National. While the Brabazon and PGA National might be a little challenging for a beginner golfer, Derby course definitely has one of the best practicing facilities. It hosted Ryder cup on four occasions.

Old Course at St Andrews

This iconic course needs no introduction – it is the ‘home’ of golf. One of the most famous golfers off all time Bobby Jones was quoted saying “If I had to select one course upon which to play the match of my life, I should have selected the Old Course”. This golf course is also well known for 112 bunkers, the famous double greens, 700 year old bridge; it is amazing how through the 600 years Old Course at St Andrews remained relevant and challenging.

Celtic Manor Twenty Ten

This course was specifically build for a Ryder Cup 2010 and is located in Newport, Wales. The water hazards on half of its holes and six signature holes make the game challenging and exciting. The first 14 holes will let you enjoy valley lowlands of the Welsh countryside and the last 4 holes play up along a mountainside.

K Club

If you ever consider spending your golf holidays in Ireland, you can’t miss the opportunity to play in the venue which hosted The Ryder Cup 2006. This course also hosted the Smurfit European Open on European tour. There are two golf courses to choose from, both full of different hazards. It doesn’t matter if you are off or on your game, one thing for sure it will be a game to remember.

Why not take a little golf holiday and try out these courses for yourselves? Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite golf course!

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