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The most compelling match is the first one - Ian Poulter against Rickie Fowler, two of the most fashion-conscious players at Dove Mountain.

“It’s not about out-fashioning Rickie Fowler, it’s about beating him on the golf course,” Poulter said. “My job is to send him home as early as possible and that’s what I will try to do.”

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Now that the Tavistock Cup is (thankfully) history, perhaps they should move this to Lake Nona in Florida. Graeme McDowell or Gary Woodland could have saved the trip out West. Not only are both Lake Nona residents, they flew out on the same plane. And now they play each other in the first round.

“We’ll have one Lake Nona player through to the second round - we know that much,” said Stenson, who also was on the plane.

Others from Lake Nona include Peter Hanson and Justin Rose.

THE ABSENTEES: There’s a small consolation for sponsors, fans and television viewers who lament the absence of three top stars - Woods, Scott and Phil Mickelson have chosen to sit this one out.

Neither of them were around very long last year, either.

Woods is missing the Match Play Championship for the first time in America when he was healthy. He was planning to be in Sochi until girlfriend Lindsey Vonn re-injured her knee. Mickelson’s attendance has been spotty in recent years, and now his two youngest children have spring break this week. As for Scott?

“My record speaks for itself in Arizona,” Scott said at the start of the year. He only made it to the second round twice since it moved to Dove Mountain in 2007.

Not that it will make easier on anyone else trying to win this wacky event.

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