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Injured Woods may not be ready for Doral title defense

By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods's status for this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship remained uncertain on Tuesday as the reigning champion continued to receive treatment for a sore back. He cancelled his pre-tournament news conference and practice round on Tuesday but is due to meet with the media on Wednesday.

Golf: Woods urged to 'respect' WGC-HSBC Champions

HSBC's sponsorship chief has urged Tiger Woods to respect the bank's large investment by playing at this year's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai instead of "meaningless... money-making opportunities". Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship, said the bank had "had words" with the golf tours about impressing on players the importance of appearing at the sport's biggest events. World number one Woods has caused controversy by skipping the last two editions of the $8.5 million tournament, the richest seen in Asia, in favour of exhibition appearances in the region.

Golf: WGC Match Play Championship results - collated

Results on Saturday from the quarter-finals of the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship (x denotes seed): Bobby Jones division Jason Day (AUS x2) bt Louis Oosthuizen (RSA x8) 2 and 1 Ben Hogan division Rickie Fowler (USA x14) bt Jim Furyk (USA x5) 1 up Gary Player division Ernie Els (RSA x8) bt Jordan Spieth (USA x3) 4 and 2 Sam Snead division Victor Dubuisson (FRA x7) bt Graeme McDowell (NIR x4) 1 up Sunday's semi-finals

Golf: WGC Match Play Championship results - collated

Results on Saturday from the quarter-finals of the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship (x denotes seed): Bobby Jones division Jason Day (AUS x2) bt Louis Oosthuizen (RSA x8) 2 and 1 Ben Hogan division Rickie Fowler (USA x14) bt Jim Furyk (USA x5) 1 up Gary Player division Ernie Els (RSA x8) bt Jordan Spieth (USA x3) 4 and 2 Sam Snead division Victor Dubuisson (FRA x7) bt Graeme McDowell (NIR x4) 1 up Sunday's semi-finals

Early Match Play exits for Poulter and Donald

(Reuters) - Unpredictability was again a recurring theme at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as former champions Ian Poulter and Luke Donald of England, and American Zach Johnson, were all eliminated in Wednesday's first round. While American Jimmy Walker maintained his red-hot form this season with a commanding 5&4 win over South Africa's Branden Grace, matchplay expert and 2010 winner Poulter was upset 2&1 by American Rickie Fowler in the 64-player event at Dove Mountain.

Golf: WGC Match Play Championship results

Results on Wednesday from the first round of the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship (x denotes seed): Bobby Jones division George Coetzee (RSA x14) bt Steve Stricker (USA x3) 3 and 1 Ben Hogan division Rickie Fowler (USA x14) bt Ian Poulter (ENG x3) 2 and 1 Jimmy Walker (USA x6) bt Branden Grace (RSA x11) 5 and 4 Sam Snead division Bubba Watson (USA x3) bt Mikko Ilonen (FIN x14) 2 and 1 Jonas Blixt (SWE x11) bt Keegan Bradley (USA x6) 2 and 1 afp

Golf: WGC Match Play Championship results

Results on Wednesday from the first round of the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship (x denotes seed): Bobby Jones division George Coetzee (RSA x14) bt Steve Stricker (USA x3) 3 and 1 Ben Hogan division Rickie Fowler (USA x14) bt Ian Poulter (ENG x3) 2 and 1 Jimmy Walker (USA x6) bt Branden Grace (RSA x11) 5 and 4 Sam Snead division Bubba Watson (USA x3) bt Mikko Ilonen (FIN x14) 2 and 1 Jonas Blixt (SWE x11) bt Keegan Bradley (USA x6) 2 and 1 afp

Golf: Fowler upsets Poulter at WGC Match Play

England's Ian Poulter became the first major upset at the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship, losing to American Rickie Fowler 2 and 1 on Wednesday. Poulter, who won the Match Play crown in 2010, reached the semi-finals last year before losing to Hunter Mahan. But the world number 15 crashed out in the first round this year at the hands of Fowler, who birdied to win the fourth and took the par-3 sixth and par-four seventh with pars to lead early on 3-up.

Players ready for the unexpected at Dove Mountain

(Reuters) - Unpredictability is the abiding theme for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona where every player in the 64-man field is prepared to expect the unexpected. Because of the sheer lottery of the matchplay format, good form does not guarantee success in Wednesday's opening round and a player could easily be sent packing despite piling up a bunch of birdies in a bogey-free display.

Italy's Molinari targets late 2013 form, Cup spot

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Refreshed after a seven-week break and with just two tournaments under his belt this year, Francesco Molinari has his sights set on recapturing the encouraging form he displayed in late 2013 and a Ryder Cup spot. Molinari has represented Europe in the last two editions of the biennial team competition against the United States, both times on winning teams, and he would dearly love the chance to compete in a third at Gleneagles in Scotland from September 26 to 28.
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