Charles Howell to face Tiger Woods in WGC Match Play

Charles Howell III played his way into the WGCAccenture Match Play and will face Tiger Woods in the first round Wednesday.

Howell and Woods have not met in a match play format since they have squared off in 1996 U.S. Amateur when Woods topped Howell in the quarterfinals.

Howell made the year’s first World Golf Championship on the strength of three top 10s in his first four starts and is among four players who started the year outside the top 100 in the world to qualify.

“Charles is playing really well right now heading in to the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship after moving up in the rankings,” said Gary Gilchrist, Charles Howell III’s coach. “It will be a good measure of where his game is today with facing Tiger. It will definitely test him and will hopefully open the eyes of many to the new direction of Charles’ game.

It’s a great opportunity for him and will be exciting to watch.”

The tournament, which pits the top 64 players in the world in head-to-head play, has 29 players from Europe and 21 players from the United States, while representing the 17 countries.

Play gets underway Wednesday and commences with the 18-hole final Sunday at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Other notable matchups include:

  • Rory McIlroy vs. Shane Lowery
  • Adam Scott vs. Tim Clark
  • Graeme McDowell vs. Padraig Harrington
  • Hunter Mahan vs. Matteo Manassero
  • Zach Johnson vs. Jason Day