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Woods gets Spaniard in Match Play

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano fancies the idea of being a ’Tiger tamer’ at this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship where he will meet three-times winner Tiger Woods in the opening round.

Fernandez-Castano, ranked 48th in the world, has never previously played in the company of Woods and said that while it was a privilege to be drawn against him in the Arizona desert the 14-times major champion was beatable.   

"It’s a great opportunity, and you have to look at it that way," the 31-year-old from Madrid told reporters at Dove Mountain’s Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on Monday.    

"If you tee it up tomorrow thinking, 'Oh, no, I’m playing against Tiger', that’s not the way to start a tournament.    

"I’m the underdog, I have nothing to lose. And at the same time I don’t think he’s at his best so it’s a good opportunity.

"If I play well I can beat him."

The seeding for the first World Golf Championship of the year is based on the world ranking released Sunday.

Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are the top four seeds. Woods, a three-time winner of the Match Play is the No. 19 seed, the first time he has played this event without being among the top three seeds.

The 64-man field begins Wednesday at Dove Mountain. Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey are not playing.

The Donald-Els match is the highest-profile for an opening round since Woods played Nick Faldo in the inaugural event in 1999.

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