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Match Play profiles: Rose, Immelman and Weir

Rose

Rose

MATCH PLAY COUNTDOWN

Another in a series of profiles for the Accenture World Match Play Championship Feb. 25-March 1 in Marana:

Justin Rose (England)

Ranking: No. 22 Born: Johannesburg, South Africa Age: 28 Ht/Wt: 6-3/179 Turned pro: 1998 Pro wins: 7 Match Play record: 4-4

Notable: At the 1998 British Open as a 17-year-old amateur, he holed a shot from the rough for birdie on the 18th to finish tied for fourth. He turned pro the following week, missing 21 cuts in a row before improving.

Did you know? He married Kate Phillips, an ex-British gymnast, in December 2006. They have a house in Lake Nona, Fla., and a flat in the London suburb of Putney.

Trevor Immelman (South Africa)

Ranking: No. 23 Born: Cape Town, South Africa Age: 28 Ht/wt: 5-9/170 Turned pro: 1999 Pro wins: 10 PGA wins: 2 Match Play record: 7-5

Notable: Won the 2008 Masters despite a double bogey on the par-3, 16th on the final day. He finished 8 under par, beating favorite Tiger Woods.

Did you know? He missed eight weeks after a benign tumor near his rib cage was discovered in December 2007.

Mike Weir (Canada)

Ranking: No. 22 Born: Sarnia, Ontario Age: 38 Ht/wt: 5-9/155 College: Brigham Young Turned pro: 1992 Pro wins: 13 PGA wins: 8 Match Play record: 6-8

Notable: He’s the first Canadian to win a major (2003 Masters) and second left-hander, along with Phil Mickelson.

Did you know? He’s a graduate of BYU.

MATCH PLAY INFO

Where: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Marana

Tickets: 571-0400 or 866-942-2672; worldgolfchampionships.com

Immelman

Immelman

Weir

Weir

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