Match-by-match first-round preview

Updated: February 24, 2004, 5:25 PM ET
By David Lefort |

A quick look at Wednesday's 32 first-round matches at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Matchup Tee time (ET) Analysis
(1) Tiger Woods vs.
(16) John Rollins
2:01 pm Woods' 14-3 record at the Match Play is second to none, but even he is vulnerable in this format. Two top seeds were ousted in the first round last year, and Woods -- the defending champion this week -- was taken out in Round 1 in 2002.
(2) David Toms vs.
(15) Niclas Fasth
11:37 am Toms reached the final last year, but will be hard-pressed to do the same this week. Coming off a wrist injury, he's played just one event all year. Expect him to come out rusty.
(3) Padraig Harrington vs.
(14) Toshi Izawa
10:25 am Look for a possible upset here. Harrington has lost three of his last four first-round matches, while Izawa has won his last three.
(4) Thomas Bjorn vs.
(13) Scott Hoch
12:49 pm Hoch has been great in this format, reaching the quarters two of the last three times he's played this event.
(5) Fredrik Jacobson vs.
(12) Phillip Price
12:49 pm A couple of Match Play rookies square off in this matchup. Expect up-and-comer Jacobson to win this match over the Ryder Cupper Price, who hasn't done much in two PGA Tour events in 2004.
(6) Scott Verplank vs.
(11) Bob Estes
10:34 am Verplank has reached the second round three of the last four years, though lost his opener last season. Estes was out in Round 1 in 2003 as well, but reached the quarterfinals the year before.
(7) Paul Casey vs.
(10) Shaun Micheel
11:46 am Match Play rookie Micheel hasn't done much since winning the PGA Championship last year. In his debut last year, Casey was ousted in the first round.
(8) Trevor Immelman vs.
(9) Shigeki Maruyama
2:10 pm The red-hot Maruyama is one of just seven players to have reached the quarterfinals in this event twice. The winner of this match faces a likely second-round clash with Tiger Woods.
Matchup Tee time (ET) Analysis
(1) Vijay Singh vs.
(16) Shingo Katayama
2:37 pm Singh missed this event last year due to a rib injury, but he won first-round matches here the two years prior.
(2) Kenny Perry vs.
(15) Jeff Sluman
12:13 pm Perry has never won a match at this event in three tries, while Sluman has never gotten past the second round in five tries.
(3) Darren Clarke vs.
(14) Eduardo Romero
11:01 am Clarke, the only player besides Tiger Woods with multiple WGC titles, won the Match Play in 2000 and reached the quarterfinals last year. He has a 9-3 career mark at this event.
(4) Chad Campbell vs.
(13) Tim Herron
1:25 pm Campbell will be making his Match Play debut this week, while Herron has won the only two first-round matches he's played here.
(5) Jay Haas vs.
(12) Loren Roberts
1:34 pm In his Match Play debut last year, Haas (a 16 seed) beat top-seeded Goosen and advanced all the way to the quarters.
(6) Justin Leonard vs.
(11) Alex Cejka
11:10 am Leonard has won four of his five career first-round matches, while Cejka was beaten by Toms in the third round last year in his first Match Play appearance.
(7) Brad Faxon vs.
(10) Steve Flesch
12:22 pm Combined, these two veterans have 35 years of experience on tour. Faxon, one of the tour's best putters, reached the semis in 2002, and has a 9-4 career Match Play record.
(8) Jerry Kelly vs.
(9) Sergio Garcia
2:46 pm Garcia reached the third round in his first two appearances at this event, but was taken out in the first round last year. Kelly reached the quarterfinals last year.
Matchup Tee time (ET) Analysis
(1) Davis Love III vs.
(16) Briny Baird
2:55 pm Love's reached the second round the last three times he's teed it up in this event, though he was throttled 7&6 in Round 2 last year.
(2) Phil Mickelson vs.
(15) Lee Westwood
12:31 pm A matchup of two potential Ryder Cuppers. Both have played well to begin the 2004 season.
(3) Stuart Appleby vs.
(14) Justin Rose
11:19 am Appleby, who won the season-opening Mercedes, has lost in the first round in four of his five appearances in this event.
(4) Robert Allenby vs.
(13) Brian Davis
1:43 pm Davis got into the Match Play with a win at the ANZ Championship a couple weeks ago. Allenby has a 3-3 career record here.
(5) Adam Scott vs.
(12) Miguel A. Jimenez
1:52 pm Scott gave Tiger a run for his money in last year's semifinals, taking him to 19 holes. Overall, he has a 6-2 record in two appearances.
(6) Chris DiMarco vs.
(11) Michael Campbell
11:28 pm Both have had mediocre results at the Match Play, combining for a 3-7 career record.
(7) Charles Howell III vs.
(10) Ben Curtis
12:40 pm A matchup of two young guns: the 2001 rookie of the year vs. the 2003 British Open champ.
(8) Bob Tway vs.
(9) Fred Couples
3:04 pm Both players have 2-2 career records. Couples faces a potential second-round matchup with good friend Davis Love III.
Matchup Tee time (ET) Analysis
(1) Mike Weir vs.
(16) Rich Beem
2:19 pm Weir is the only top seed never to have lost in the first round. Then again, he's never made it out of the second round, either.
(2) Retief Goosen vs.
(15) John Huston
11:55 am Goosen was one of two No. 1 seeds ousted in last year's first round. Huston made the semifinals in 1999, but has lost in the first round in his last three appearances here.
(3) Jonathan Kaye vs.
(14) Duffy Waldorf
10:43 am Both guys have played well the last couple months. Kaye won the FBR Open in January, while Waldorf has two top-5 finishes.
(4) Nick Price vs.
(13) Colin Montgomerie
1:07 pm One of the most intriguing matchups of the first round. Combined, they have 69 career wins around the world.
(5) K.J. Choi vs.
(12) Stewart Cink
1:16 pm Choi lost to Woods in the second round last year, while Cink has lost his last three first-round matches.
(6) Chris Riley vs.
(11) Ian Poulter
10:52 am If Riley can get it going on the soft greens, expect him to roll over Poulter.
(7) Peter Lonard vs.
(10) Rocco Mediate
12:04 pm Lonard was one of the biggest surprises last year, reaching the semifinals before being ousted by Toms 1-up.
(8) Stephen Leaney vs.
(9) Fred Funk
2:28 pm Funk has been terrible at the Match Play, losing in the first round all four times he played. Leaney reached the third round last year.

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