Race to Accenture almost complete

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From the PGA TOUR:

One chance remains for players to move into the top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and solidify their position in the field for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and Joburg Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, are the final tournaments for players to earn OWGR points and punch their tickets to the Accenture Match Play Championship, which returns to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana Feb. 17-23.

The Accenture Match Play Championship will feature the top 64 players in the OWGR as of Feb. 10. The bracket and tee times will be unveiled Feb. 16, once the OWGR is updated following the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open on the PGA TOUR.

Two players made a significant jump in the rankings last week: Kevin Stadler with his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open; and Stephen Gallacher with his win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. It was Stadler’s first PGA TOUR victory and vaulted him from No. 127 in the OWGR to No. 57 and in line to make his first Accenture Match Play Championship start. He has two previous World Golf Championships appearances: a T68 at the 2008 Cadillac Championship; and a T13 at the 2006 Bridgestone Invitational.

Scotland’s Gallacher became the first player to successfully defend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, moving to well within the Accenture Match Play Championship field, from No. 67 in the world to No. 37. Last year, Gallacher won in Dubai to go from No. 111 to No. 60 and earned his first Accenture Match Play Championship start.

Only six players between No. 55-No. 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking are playing in official events this week. Players looking to hold onto a spot in the Accenture Match Play Championship are Stadler (No. 57, AT&T) and Richard Sterne (No. 64, Joburg). Players looking to move inside the top 64 with a good performance this week are Kiradech Aphibarnrat (No. 66, AT&T), Bo Van Pelt (No. 73, AT&T), George Coetzee (No. 74, Joburg) and D.A. Points (No. 75, AT&T).

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