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Arriving from all over the globe, the top 64 golfers in the world are up the road at the Ritz Carton Dove Mountain Golf Resort and Spa getting ready for the Accenture Match Play Golf Tournament. Practice rounds started today and will continue tomorrow. This is the best time to get photographs as after Tuesday, cameras are not allowed. The elimination style tournament will start Wednesday when 32 pairs will be whittled down to 16 pairs to play on Thursday, then 8 pairs on Friday, 4 matches on Saturday, and then the remaining 2 golfers still standing will play 36 holes until there is a winner. We are especially watching Ben Crane as he has a Salem connection. His aunt is a Salem School Committee Member and while she will not be here to root him on, we will pick up the slack as cheerleaders for Ben…. His first opponent is Henrik Stenson from Sweden. (had my picture taken with him last year.) It's a very exciting time for our little town of Marana (just steps out of Tucson) to be hosting this event. The traffic up and down the boulevard will certainly be busier, but that's ok, the more the merrier...........
Update: First Day: Stenson withdraws at 1st hole due to illness. Ben moves on to play tomorrow.
Update: Second Day: Ben defeats Y.E. Yang. Ben moves on to play for a third day!
Update: Third day: A jumping cholla cactus got the best of Ben.......Villegas wins the round and moves on to day four. Too bad......for Ben. He goes home now.
Update: Final day today, Sunday: fancy pants, Ian Poulter wins.... Ben Casey is the runner up for a second year in a row..