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Toru Taniguchi of Japan has withdrawn from the Match Play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.