The World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship - starts today and will last through to February 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. The field will feature 64 top golfers competing on a 27-hole course.
The tournament will have 18-hole single-elimination play matches that will culminate in the semi-finals. The total purse for the championship is $8.5 million.
The seeding for the first World Golf Championship of the year is based on the world ranking released Sunday night.
Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westood 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 Donald-Els match is the highest-profile for an opening round since Woods played Nick Faldo in the inaugural event in 1999.