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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 am

Town hosts golf blog for Accenture week

The Town of Marana is hosting a live blog during Accenture Match Play week.

Officials will post information about the town, the event as well as any tournament public information messages such as traffic conditions.

The blog site, on the town’s home page, also includes links to area hotels and other lodging options. A collection of news stories about the tournament also is available on the site.

Marana officials said the traffic to the town website generally doubles during tournament week.

The town also plans to provide tournament updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Accenture Match Play Championship Tournament features the top 64 golfers in the world battling in head-to-head match ups.

The tournament, at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, runs from Wednesday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 27.

To find a link to the Marana blog, visit The Explorer’s website, www.explorernews.com.

Match Play player line-up changed

PGA Tour officials announced a last-minute change to the lineup for the Accenture Match Play Tournament in Marana.

South African golfer Tim Clark has withdrawn from the tournament because of an elbow injury.  Clark is ranked No. 22 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

American J.B. Holmes, who was No. 66 in the standings, will replace Clark. Holmes is scheduled to face Colombian Camilo Villegas in the first round.

The two are scheduled to tee off at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Can Poulter retain his title?

Some of golf’s top prognosticators have chosen Englishman Paul Casey the likely victor in the Accenture Match Play Tournament.

Of the nine experts polled on the PGA website, five predicted Casey would take this year’s title. Casey is ranked No. 6 according to the Official World Golf Rankings.

Another three of the experts predicted Germany’s Martin Kaymer would prevail in the tournament that features the world’s top 64 golfers. Official World Golf Rankings put Kaymer in the No. 2 spot, behind England’s Lee Westwood.

Only one of the experts picked Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland to win the Accenture tournament. McDowell holds the world’s No. 4 ranking.

The experts did not name the current champion, Ian Poulter, currently No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking. In 2010, Poulter defeated fellow Englishman Paul Casey, currently No. 7, in the OWGR, 4 and 2, to claim his first World Golf Championship title.

In a related story, Poulter’s first-round outfit was selected by his fans as part of the “Dress Ian” Facebook campaign. On Wednesday, he’ll wear the attire fans selected from three choices on the social media site.

For more, or to read the predictions, visit www.pgatour.com.

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