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

Phil Mickelson (USA)

Ranking: No . 5 Born: San Diego Age: 38 Ht/wt: 6-2/200 College: Arizona State Turned pro: 1992 Pro wins: 41 PGA wins: 34 Majors wins: 3 Match Play record: 13-9

Notable: Although he’s in a slump so far this year, he has spent more than 500 weeks in the Top 10 of the world rankings, the most by anyone not ranked No. 1.

Did you know? He swings a golf club left-handed, which he learned by watching his right-handed father swing and mirroring it. He is right-handed otherwise.

Sergio Garcia (Spain)

Ranking: No. 2 Born: Castellon, Spain Age: 29 Ht/wt: 5-10/160 Turned pro: 1999 Pro wins: 19 PGA wins: 8 Match Play record: 8-7

Notable: Sergio’s 2008 “surge” brought him to a career high ranking of No. 2 after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November. He could be the No. 1 seed at next week’s event if Tiger Woods skips the event.

Did you know? He’s finished second twice at the PGA Championship, including 2008, when he led until Pádraig Harrington rallied on the back nine to beat him by two strokes, denying him his first major.


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

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

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