LOS ANGELES Tiger Woods was the last player to enter and will be the No. 1 seed in the Accenture Match Play Championship, which starts Wednesday in Arizona with a 64-man field and the fewest number of Americans ever.
The surprise was Ernie Els, who has never advanced beyond the second round of Match Play in America. He had said in interviews and on his Web site that he would skip the tournament and not make his PGA Tour debut until Florida, then changed his mind.
The field, determined by the world ranking, will not be set until 5 p.m. Monday. If anyone withdraws after that, his opponent will get a pass into the second round. For the second straight year, it will be held at The Gallery north of Tucson.
Woods, who has lost only once in the first round in his eight appearances, will play FBR Open champion J.B. Holmes, who is No. 65 and got into the World Golf Championship when Brett Wetterich withdrew because of a shoulder injury.
Phil Mickelson (No. 2) will face Pat Perez in a match between two players from San Diego. Steve Stricker (No. 3) will play Daniel Chopra, a rematch of sorts from the Mercedes-Benz Championship, when Chopra beat Stricker in a four-hole playoff.
Els is the No. 4 seed and would play Jonathan Byrd.
The 64-man field consists of only 20 Americans, the fewest since this event began in 1999 and 40 Americans were in the field (including Brian Watts and Andrew Magee, whose parents lived out of the country when they were born).
Australia had 10 players qualify, with Adam Scott (No. 5) the highest seed. He would face Brendan Jones of Australia in the opening round. South Africa and England each had six players. Eighteen countries are represented in the field.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Naples, Fla., Loren Roberts, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Kite and Bruce Fleisher shot 7-under 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in The ACE Group Classic. After a week of rain, wind or both, conditions were calm and the greens were soft, leading to low scores and for Zoeller, some happy spectators at Quail West. Peter Jacobsen, who lives in nearby Bonita Springs, was a stroke back at 66 along with Joe Ozaki and Bruce Lietzke. Wayne Levi, Eduardo Romero, Scott Simpson, Tom Purtzer and Gary Koch shot 67s, and defending champion Bobby Wadkins had a 69.
NEW ZEALAND PGA: At Christchurch, rain washed out play again Saturday in the New Zealand PGA Championship, forcing organizers to reduce the Nationwide and Australasian tour event to 36 holes with a proposed Sunday finish. After rain wiped out all play Friday, 51 players managed to start the second round Saturday, but were forced from the Clearwater course less than two hours later when more heavy rain hit the area. Canadian David Hearn and Americans Darron Stiles and Matt Bettencourt shot 6-under-par 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead. Americans D.A. Points, Rick Price and Dave Schultz were a stroke back. Weather permitting, all 156 players will play Sunday.