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Johnson gets Match Play spot with win in AT&T

Citizen Staff Writer



Add Dustin Johnson to the list of the young lions of golf who will compete here next week at the Accenture World Match Play Championship.

Johnson, 24, jumped from No. 119 into the top 64 field at No. 45 after winning the rain-shortened AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Monday. It is his second first PGA Tour victory.

The top 64 for Match Play was announced Monday, but still no word on whether No. 1 and defending champion Tiger Woods will play here.

“We haven’t heard anything,” Wade Dunagan, Match Play executive director, said on Monday.

“We can only keep hoping and speculating. If he is coming as soon as it happens, people will be shouting it from the rooftops.

All qualifiers have until 3 p.m. Tucson time Friday to decide. Qualifying for the tournament at the new Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain course concluded Sunday. Brackets for the Match Play, which begins Feb. 25, will be announced Sunday.

The top 64:

1. Tiger Woods; 2. Sergio Garcia, 3. Padraig Harrington; 4. Vijay Singh, 5; Phil Mickelson; 6. Henrik Stenson; 7. Robert Karlsson, 8; Geoff Ogilvy; 9. Camilo Villegas; 10. Kenny Perry.

11. Anthony Kim; 12. Lee Westwood, 13. Ernie Els; 14. Jim Furyk, 15. Justin Rose; 16. Rory McIlroy, 17. Mike Weir; 18. Adam Scott; 19. Martin Kaymer; 20. Steve Stricker.

21. Stewart Cink; 22. K.J. Choi; 23. Paul Casey; 24. Miguel A. Jimenez; 25. Trevor Immelman; 26. Alvaro Quiros; 27. Justin Leonard; 28. Zach Johnson, 29. Ben Curtis; 30. Robert Allenby.

31. Ian Poulter, 32. Tim Clark, 33. Retief Goosen; 34. Jeev Milka Singh, 35. Ross Fisher, 36. Luke Donald, 37. Graeme McDowell; 38. Andres Romero, 39, Stephen Ames; 40. Shingo Katayama.

41. Rory Sabbatini; 42. Aaron Baddeley; 43. Oliver Wilson; 44. Richard Sterne; 45. Dustin Johnson; 46. Stewart Appleby; 47. Sean O’Hair, 48. Hunter Mahan; 49. Louis Oosthuizen; 50. Boo Weekley.

51. Anders Hansen; 52. Soren Hansen; 53. Prayad Marksaeng; 54. Lin Weng-Tang; 55. Matthew Goggin; 56. Rod Pampling; 57. Kevin Sutherland; 58. Peter Hanson; 59. Davis Love III; 60. Angel Cabrera; 61. Soren Kjeldsen; 62. Pat Perez; 63. Charl Schwartzel, 64; Brendan Jones.

If Woods does not play, or another golfer drops out, the 65th-ranked player, Australia’s Richard Green, would take his place and D.J. Trahan of the United States would be the alternate.

Missing the field by three spots was 17-year-old Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa.

> Johnson wins Pebble Beach, 3C


When: Feb. 25-March 1

Where: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Marana

Tickets: 571-0400

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