Stenson into Match Play after Taniguchi WD

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MARANA, Ariz. – Toru Taniguchi of Japan has withdrawn from the Match Play Championship next week because of a neck injury, putting Henrik Stenson in the 64-man field.

Taniguchi was No. 64 in the world ranking, so the change will not affect the brackets.

Stenson, the first alternate at No. 65 in the world, would face top-ranked Lee Westwood in the opening round Wednesday. Stenson won the Match Play Championship in 2007, the first year that it moved to Dove Mountain north of Tucson. That was on a different course.

The bracket will become official Sunday evening. If anyone withdraws after that, the alternate would take that player’s spot in the draw. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.