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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Shane Lowry
Rory McIlroy played his worst golf in the Match Play Championship the year he reached the final.
Third-ranked Henrik Stenson is the top seed in the Match Play Championship with No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 2 Adam Scott skipping the tournament.
Tiger Woods, looking to break his drought of 17 majors without a title, will tee off in the 8:35 a.m. group Thursday, playing alongside Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley.
Leader Miguel Angel Jimenez will tee off for the third round of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield at 10:20 a.m. ET Saturday, playing with Henrik Stenson. But the high-profile pair just ahead of them, Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood, should draw a large gallery.
Tiger Woods plans to return to action at this week's British Open at Muirfield, and he'll be playing alongside Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen for the first two rounds.
The field for the 142nd British Open golf championship, which starts Thursday at Muirfield. Players listed in only the first category for which they qualified:
Rory McIlroy walked off the 18th green at PGA National last year and shared a big hug with his father after winning the Honda Classic to reach No. 1 in the world for the first time.
Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who is regarded among the best in match play, suffered his worst loss in 25 matches at this tournament. Louis Oosthuizen (No. 4) and Justin Rose (No. 5) never even reached the 17th tee when it was time for them to leave.
Tiger Woods also was in one of the 10 matches that didn't start Wednesday. He opened against Charles Howell III, while Rory McIlroy faced Shane Lowry.
The road to the Masters starts in Marana. At least for some European Tour members.
Rory McIlroy put a new putter in his bag and a new shaft in his driver.
The world's No. 1 player made a big splash last month at the Abu Dhabi Championship in more ways than he imagined. He was introduced as Nike's latest client, complete with a laser show and high expectations, only to miss the cut in his debut.
Shane Lowry had not thought much about the Irish Open until he saw the picture posted this week on Twitter.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will face some familiar players in the opening round of the Match Play Championship.
Shane Lowry got into the Match Play Championship by the slimmest of margins, all because of a birdie putt thousands of miles away from his home in Ireland.
"I would have been all right to beat Rory, but to lose in the second round is not what I want coming here this week," Lowry said. "I wanted to go on. I feel like I could potentially do very well in this tournament."
"I suppose it was meant to be," Lowry said.