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Lowry to face McIlroy, McDowell to play Harrington in Match Play Championship in Arizona

Updated: Monday, 18 Feb 2013 15:17 | Comments

Rory McIlroy will face Shane Lowry in the Accenture Match Play Championship
Rory McIlroy will face Shane Lowry in the Accenture Match Play Championship

Shane Lowry will face Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona on Wednesday.

With Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker pulling out of the first of this season's world championships Lowry, winner of the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur, was in line to clash with second seed Tiger Woods.

But that changed when Swede Fredrik Jacobson, last man in as replacement for the injured Snedeker, finished joint third at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles and moved up on the world rankings from 66th into the top 50, leaving Lowry to face the world number one.

McIlroy versus Lowry is not the only all-Irish duel. Graeme McDowell has to take on Padraig Harrington.

Woods will now meet his former Presidents Cup partner Charles Howell, while third seed Luke Donald - joint 16th in his first event of the year at Riviera after a disappointing closing 75 - will be up against German Marcel Siem.

The draw also sees former winner Ian Poulter against Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and two more of the six-strong English contingent, Chris Wood and David Lynn, against Masters champion Bubba Watson and US Open champion Webb Simpson respectively.

Tee-off times in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona, United States, on Wednesday (seeded positions in brackets, all times GMT):

1425 (12) Sergio Garcia v (53) Thongchai Jaidee

1435 (21) Matt Kuchar v (44) Hiroyuki Fujita

1445 (11) Ian Poulter v (54) Stephen Gallacher

1455 (22) Bo Van Pelt v (43) John Senden

1505 (9) Charl Schwartzel v (56) Russell Henley

1515 (24) Zach Johnson v (41) Glen Day

1525 (10) Jason Dufner v (55) Richard Sterne

1535 (23) Hunter Mahan v (42) Matteo Manassero

1545 (5) Justin Rose v (60) KJ Choi

1555 (28) Bill Haas v (37) Nicolas Colsaerts

1605 (6) Adam Scott v (59) Tim Clark

1615 (27) Jamie Donaldson v (38) Thorbjorn Olesen

1625 (8) Bubba Watson v (57) Chris Wood

1635 (25) Jim Furyk v (40) Ryan Moore

1645 (7) Lee Westwood v (58) Rafael Cabrera Bello

1655 (26) Martin Kaymer v (39) George Coetzee

1705 (13) Keegan Bradley v (52) Marcus Fraser

1715 (20) Ernie Els v (45) Fredrik Jacobson

1725 (14) Steve Stricker v (51) Henrik Stenson

1735 (19) Nick Watney v (46) David Toms

1745 (16) Dustin Johnson v (49) Alexander Noren,

1755 (17) Graeme McDowell v (48) Padraig Harrington

1805 (15) Webb Simpson v (50) David Lynn

1815 (18) Peter Hanson v (47) Thomas Bjorn

1825 (4) Louis Oosthuizen v (61) Richie Ramsay

1835 (29) Branden Grace v (36) Robert Garrigus

1845 (3) Luke Donald v (62) Marcel Siem

1855 (30) Paul Lawrie v (35) Scott Piercy

1905 (1) Rory McIlroy v (64) Shane Lowry

1915 (32) Rickie Fowler v (33) Carl Pettersson,

1925 (2) Tiger Woods v (63) Charles Howell

1935 (31) Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano v (34) Francesco Molinari

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