Singh needs success at Pebble to make Match Play
Vijay Singh’s streak of seven consecutive WGC-Accenture Match Play appearances is in jeopardy. This is the final week for players to crack the top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking and earn their spot in the Match Play’s bracket. Singh is No. 81 in the OWGR after finishing third at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He likely needs to finish first or second this week at Pebble Beach to crack the top 64, according to OWGR officials.
The WGC-Accenture Match Play will be held Feb. 23-27 at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Here’s what players competing at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Omega Dubai Desert Classic must do to ensure their spot in the bracket:
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(Note: Rankings below are predicted ranking on Feb. 14, taking into account a player’s divisor and graduated decline of points. Finishes below are the finishes necessary to reach 2.13 average, which would virtually ensure placing in the top 64. Current No. 64 Toru Taniguchi has a 2.07 average)
Player – Finish needed to ensure top 64
61.) Thomas Bjorn – 51st (Dubai)
62.) Seung-yul Noh – 26th (Dubai)
63.) Toru Taniguchi – Not playing
64.) Henrik Stenson – 17th (Dubai)
65.) Thongchai Jaidee – 4th (Dubai)
66.) Lucas Glover – Not playing
67.) J.B. Holmes – 4th (Pebble)
68.) Angel Cabrera – Not playing
69.) Jason Dufner – 4th (Pebble)
70.) Anders Hansen – 4th (Dubai)
Need top-3 finish to ensure WGC spot: No. 72 Simon Dyson (Dubai), No. 75 Kevin Na (Pebble), No. 76 Stuart Appleby (Pebble), No. 78 Rhys Davies (Dubai).
Need top-2 finish to ensure WGC spot: No.79 Brian Davis (Pebble), No. 80 Vijay Singh (Pebble), No. 81 Sergio Garcia (Dubai), No. 83 Brandt Snedeker (Pebble), Fredrik Andersson Hed (Dubai), No. 85 Danny Willett (Dubai), No. 86 Robert Garrigus (Pebble).