25 Feb '14, 7pm

Tour pros come to defense of Match Play course, format

"I'd keep it here," Rory McIlroy said last week. "I think this is perfect." By it he meant the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- won by an awesomely persistent Jason Day on Sunday -- and by this he meant the mountain-hugging, cactus-covered Golf Club of Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. To be sure, McIlroy issued this unqualified endorsement on the eve of the tournament, roughly 48 hours before losing a 19-hole nail-biter to fellow 24-year-old Harris English. But it was a reminder that the PGA Tour's only match-play event, held in this outpost just north of Tucson since 2007 but now in limbo, is more popular with Tour players than the absence last week of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott would suggest. "It's a good match-play course," McIlroy explained. "You're right on site, good facilities, the climate is good most of the time." He grinned in deference to l...

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