The top 64 male golfers in the world meet in Arizona to compete in a match play event. In 2012 Hunter Mahan won the Championship (2 & 1) over Rory McIlroy. Enjoy these photos from previous Accenture Match Play Championship events played in Arizona.
If Tiger Woods is someone whose tournaments you follow, you know that he does not participate inn the Phoenix Open. He does, however, play in this tournament, so if you want to see Tiger in AZ, this is your opportunity.
When is the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship?Monday, February 18, 2013, gates open at 7:30 a.m. (practice rounds)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, gates open at 7:30 a.m. (practice rounds)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, gates open at 6:30 a.m. (32 matches)
Thursday, February 21, 2013, gates open at 8 a.m. (16 matches)
Friday, 22, 2013, gates open at 9 a.m. (8 matches)
Saturday, February 23, 2013, gates open at 8:30 a.m. (4 quarterfinal matches
Sunday, February 24, 2013, gates open at 6:30 a.m. (2 semifinal matches, consolation match, championship match
Where is the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship?This year's event will be played at the new Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. The golf course is about 100 miles (a 2 hour drive) from downtown Phoenix, so you'll need to compute your distance and time of travel accordingly. Take I-10 East toward Tucson. Exit at Tangerine Road, Exit 240. This exit is north of downtown Tucson, so if you are driving from Phoenix you won't have to go through downtown Tucson to get there. Parking is located ½ mile east of I-10 on Tangerine Road. There is parking charge.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?You can order tickets online through Ticketmaster (Buy Tickets Direct).
Advance ticket prices in 2013 are:
Monday, Tuesday Practice Round: $25 each day
Wednesday, Thursday: $50 each day
Sunday: $35 Weekly Package: $125
Tickets are $10 more at the gate. Children 18 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult (one child per person).
Are there any single ticket discounts available?Admission is free for all active, Reserve and military retirees and their dependents with a valid Department of Defense issued ID. Please present this ID at the gate, don't buy ticket in advance. Complimentary tickets may be available to any veteran through the Veterans Tickets Foundation. Visit that site to see if there are any left. A small processing fee for tickets arranged through them will go directly to the Veterans Tickets Foundation.
What else should I know?You can purchase pairing sheets once you are inside the gate. The PGA does not allow/condone the scalping of tickets "on the course, in the parking lots or on surrounding roads." Cameras or video cameras are allowed during Monday and Tuesday Practice Rounds only.
No backpacks, purses or bags larger than 6"x6"x6". Folding chairs are allowed without the bags, but no large folding chairs. Phones are permitted if they are set to vibrate or silent mode and may be used only in designated areas. No coolers, periscopes, radios, signs, banners, firearms or knives are permitted.
On practice days the gates open at 7:30 a.m. On the days of the actual matches, the starting times vary. Here is the schedule.
New in 2013: Spectators may now walk the fairway and follow behind the golfers during the Championship Match on Sunday. Marshals will keep spectators at an appropriate distance from the golfers.
Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics.
Will it be on television?Yes. Starting on Thursday you can find coverage on the Golf Channel.
Where to Stay NearbyMaking a nice weekend out of the event? You can probably find rooms nearby for around $100 per night at Holiday Inn Express (Book a Reservation) or the Best Western Continental Inn (Book a Reservation). If you want to go a bit more upscale, try these resorts on the north side of Tucson: Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (Book a Reservation); Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Book a Reservation); Westward Look Resort (Book a Reservation). Of course, if you want to stay right at the Ritz Carlton, you can book that reservation here.
Where is a good place to have dinner in the evening?I had a lovely, quiet and upscale dinner at the Core Kitchen & Wine Bar at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. You can read about that experience on the next page.
What if I have more questions about the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship?For more information, visit Accenture Match Play Championship online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.