The seeding for next week’s presitigious HSBC World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth have been finalised, and Tiger Woods of the USA finds himself in unfamiliar territory – second place.
The world number one (pictured) has enjoyed a sensational second-half to the season and is currently in the middle of a run that includes five consecutive victories. Two of these wins were in Major championships – the Open and the USPGA – and he now lies on his own in second place on the list of Major championship winners with twelve.
However, he has been relegated to second place in the draw for the seedings at next weeks HSBC World Matchplay, which is the tournament with the biggest first prize in golf. The organisers of the high profile event have reverted back to making the defending champion – in this case Michael Campbell of New Zealand – the number one seed, thus making Woods only second.
The projected draw sees Campbell playing England’s Simon Kahn in the first round and Woods will take on his compatriot Shawn Micheel, who finished second to Woods at last month’s USPGA Championship. Arguably the standout matchup of round one is Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie versus his English Ryder Cup colleague David Howell.
PROJECTED FIRST ROUND DRAW – HSBC WORLD MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Wentworth, Surrey, September 14/17
(1) Michael Campbell (NZ) v (16) Simon Kahn (Eng)
(8) David Howell (Eng) v (9) Colin Montgomerie (Sco)
(5) Adam Scott (Aus) v (12) Paul Casey (Eng)
(4) Retief Goosen (RSA) v (13) Mike Weir (Can)
(3) Jim Furyk (USA) v (14) Robert Karlsson (Swe)
(6) Ernie Els (RSA) v (11) Angel Cabrera (Arg)
(7) Luke Donald (Eng) v (10) Tim Clark (RSA)
(2) Tiger Woods (USA) v (15) Shawn Micheel (USA)