World Match Play begins Wednesday, Tiger Woods match with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on BrowseBiography


World Match Play begins Wednesday, Tiger Woods match with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

The Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano meets Tiger Woods in the first round of the World Golf Champions-Accenture Match Play Championship, beginning Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Two days ahead the match, Fernandez-Castano took some time praising the former World No. 1 but also added "I think he's beatable. I'm the underdog. I have nothing to lose. At the same time I don't think he's at his best," said Fernandez-Castano, who has five wins on the European Tour, including the 2011 Barclays Singapore Open, but is making his Accenture debut. "If I play well I can beat him."

On Tuesday, Woods smiled when he was told of his opponent's comments and answered: "I feel exactly the same way he does, I feel he's beatable, too."

Woods, the only three-time winner and four-time finalist in this event, meets Fernandez-Castano at 12:35 p.m. ET Wednesday (Golf Channel).

Here are the first-round pairings Wednesday in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain:

  • 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.

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