Taniguchi withdraws from Match Play

Toru Taniguchi of Japan has withdrawn from the Match Play

Championship next week because of a neck injury, putting Henrik

Stenson in the 64-man field.

Taniguchi was No. 64 in the world ranking, so the change will

not affect the brackets.

Stenson, the first alternate at No. 65 in the world, would face

top-ranked Lee Westwood in the opening round Wednesday. Stenson won

the Match Play Championship in 2007, the first year that it moved

to Dove Mountain north of Tucson. That was on a different


The bracket will become official Sunday evening. If anyone

withdraws after that, the alternate would take that player’s spot

in the draw.