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Stenson to meet Thai Aphibarnrat in Match Play first round

(Reuters) - Swedish world number three Henrik Stenson was drawn on Sunday to play Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the first round of next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. Stenson, who won the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) title in 2007, has been installed as the top seed in the absence of world number one Tiger Woods and Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia.

Golf: McIlroy, Rose Stenson, Johnson top Match Play seeds

Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson were confirmed Sunday as top seeds for the $9 million World Golf Championships Match Play Championship that begins Wednesday. Each of them will top a division in the 64-player field whose bracket was announced after ranking positions were set following worldwide golf events.

Northwestern Mutual World Challenge final round scores

(Reuters) - Final round scores from the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at the par-72 Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California on Sunday (U.S. unless stated): 275 Zach Johnson 67 68 72 68, Tiger Woods 71 62 72 70 (Johnson won playoff at first extra hole) 279 Bubba Watson 70 70 69 70, Matt Kuchar 68 68 76 67 281 Webb Simpson 73 71 69 68 283 Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland) 72 67 75 69 285 Ian Poulter (England) 76 67 73 69

Golf: Woods World Challenge scores

Scores on Friday in the second round of the $3.5 million Northwestern Mutual World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods (USA unless noted, par-72): 133 - Tiger Woods 71-62 135 - Zach Johnson 67-68 136 - Matt Kuchar 68-68 139 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 72-67 140 - Bubba Watson 70-70 141 - Bill Haas 73-68, Jim Furyk 72-69 143 - Keegan Bradley 75-68, Ian Poulter (ENG) 76-67 144 - Jason Day (AUS) 76-68, Webb Simpson 73-71 145 - Jason Dufner 74-71 149 - Jordan Spieth 77-72, Steve Stricker 75-74, Lee Westwood (ENG) 74-75

Woods World Challenge scores

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Following are the scores on Friday in the second round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods (United States unless noted, par-72): 133 - Tiger Woods 71-62 135 - Zach Johnson 67-68 136 - Matt Kuchar 68-68 139 - Graeme McDowell (North Ireland) 72-67 140 - Bubba Watson 70-70 141 - Bill Haas 73-68, Jim Furyk 72-69 143 - Keegan Bradley 75-68, Ian Poulter (England) 76-67 144 - Jason Day (Australia) 76-68, Webb Simpson 73-71 145 - Jason Dufner 74-71

Golf: Woods World Challenge scores

First-round scores on Thursday in the $3.5 million Northwestern Mutual World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods (USA unless noted, par-72): 67 - Zach Johnson 68 - Matt Kuchar 70 - Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson 71 - Tiger Woods 72 - Graeme McDowell (NIR), Jim Furyk 73 - Rory McIlroy (NIR), Bill Haas, Webb Simpson 74 - Lee Westwood (ENG), Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner 75 - Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley 76 - Ian Poulter (ENG), Jason Day (AUS) 77 - Jordan Spieth afp

Recuperating Snedeker withdraws from Tiger's event

(Reuters) - American world number nine Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of next month's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California as he continues to recover from a leg injury. Though Snedeker is "ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation program," the 32-year-old did not want to push his return to competition with a busy early 2014 campaign fast approaching, the golfer's management company said on Monday.

Golf: WGC-HSBC Champions scores

Leading scores on Sunday after the final round of the $8.5 million World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai (par 72): 264 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-63-66-66 267 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 71-67-63-66 268 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-69-64-66 270 -Sergio Garcia (ESP) 70-68-69-63 272 - Justin Rose (ENG) 68-71-65-68 273 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) 65-72-67-69, Graham Delaet (CAN) 71-68-65-69 274 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 70-74-62-68, Bubba Watson (USA) 68-69-69-68, Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 67-74-66-67

Golf: WGC-HSBC Champions scores

Leading scores on Saturday after the third round of the $8.5 million World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai (par 72): 198 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-63-66 201 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 71-67-63 202 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-69-64 204 - Graham DeLaet (CAN) 71-68-65, Justin Rose (ENG) 68-71-65, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 65-72-67 206 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 70-74-62, Boo Weekley (USA) 70-67-69, Bubba Watson (USA) 68-69-69

Golf: WGC-HSBC Champions scores

Leading scores on Friday after the second round of the $8.5 million World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai (par 72): 132 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-63 137 - Bubba Watson (USA) 68-69, Boo Weekley (USA) 70-67, Rory McIlroy 65-72 138 - Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 68-70, Sergio Garcia 70-68, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP) 67-71, Ernie Els (RSA) 69-69, Graeme McDowell 69-69, Ian Poulter 71-67
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