Golf: Stenson, Furyk to miss WGC Match Play, Olesen and Kizzire in

Sweden's Henrik Stenson will miss next week’s World Golf Championships Match Play tournament.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson will miss next week’s World Golf Championships Match Play tournament.PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - Seventh-ranked Henrik Stenson and 15th-ranked Jim Furyk will miss next week's World Golf Championships Match Play tournament, organisers said on Friday, allowing Patton Kizzire and Thorbjorn Olesen to make the field.

The field of 64 will meet starting Wednesday at Austin (Texas) Country Club with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy defending his crown just two weeks before trying to claim his first green jacket, and complete a career Grand Slam, at the Masters.

Stenson is idle next week over scheduling issues while Furyk has a wrist injury, robbing the tournament of players who would be a second and a fourth seed if their ranking spots hold as of Monday's bracket-deciding rankings.

Added to the lineup were 65th-ranked American Kizzire and Denmark's 66th-rated Olesen, with England's 67th-rated Ian Poulter just missing out.

Poulter won the 2010 edition of the event at Dove Mountain in Arizona.

Last year used an early group play format instead of knockout-only matches.

Players will be divided into 16 four-player groups again this year with matches not going beyond 18 holes until Friday even if halved.

The player with the best record in each group advances to the 16-player knockout matches, two on Saturday and two on Sunday deciding the champion.