Luke Donald faces Ernie Els at WGC Match Play

Luke Donald at 2011 Accenture World Match Play Championship

World number one Luke Donald has been drawn to meet three-time major winner Ernie Els in the WGC Match Play this week.

Donald, the defending champion, will be hoping to reproduce his incredible 2011 form when he won all six of his matches before the 18th hole.

Tiger Woods will play Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in Wednesday's opening round at Dove Mountain.

Rory McIlroy begins his campaign against South African George Coetzee.

Lee Westwood faces Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts at the Arizona course, while Sergio Garcia takes on fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Bill Haas, winner of Sunday's Northern Trust Open, tees off against Japan's Ryo Ishikawa while Dustin Johnson meets his US Ryder Cup team-mate Jim Furyk.

Donald, whose success came a year after his fellow Briton Ian Poulter won the tournament, needs to forget his disappointing showing in the Northern Trust Open last week.

The Buckinghamshire-based golfer slumped to a 56th-place finish, carding 78 in his final round.

"I certainly have good feelings going back to Dove Mountain," he said.

"I have a pretty good matchplay record but you just never know with that format.

"I just try to be pretty good at not giving too many shots away, too many holes away, keeping the pressure on my opponents and taking it one match at a time.

"I have always had that inner belief that I could certainly play as well as I did last year and it's nice to see the hard work paying off but I feel like there is a lot more for me to achieve.

"There is a slight added burden of expectation but I feel I've dealt with that pretty well so far."

Donald's nine-month run at the top of the world rankings could end if Northern Ireland's US Open champion Rory McIlroy wins and Donald goes out before the third round.

And Lee Westwood could reclaim the number one spot if he wins and Donald fails before the quarter-final stage.

McIlroy, 22, was relaxed about the prospect of topping the rankings.

"The rankings are sort of a by-product of what you do," he said.

"I'd rather just concentrate on trying to win tournaments and trying to improve as a player.

"If I happen to do that, then hopefully the ranking will take care of itself."

Westwood will need a major improvement on past showings in the contest, having never got beyond the second round previously.

"I just don't know why it is," said the 38-year-old Englishman.

"Sometimes I have not played well enough or just run up against somebody who is playing hot, but it's very strange when you look at my record in the Ryder Cup and that I won the matchplay at Wentworth," he added.

The tournament takes place from 22-26 February.


Luke Donald (Eng) v Ernie Els (SA)

Jason Dufner (US) v Peter Hanson (Swe)

KJ Choi (Kor) v Kyle Stanley (US)

Brandt Snedeker (US) v Retief Goosen (SA)

Adam Scott (Aus) v Robert Rock (Eng)

Bo Van Pelt (US) v Mark Wilson (US)

Dustin Johnson (US) v Jim Furyk (US)

Thomas Bjorn (Den) v Francesco Molinari (Ita)

Rory McIlroy (NI) v George Coetzee (SA)

Kim Kyung-tae (Kor) v Anders Hansen (Den)

Sergio Garcia (Spa) v Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

Keegan Bradley (US) v Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)

Jason Day (Aus) v Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

Simon Dyson (Eng) v John Senden (Aus)

Charl Schwartzel (SA) v Gary Woodland (US)

Ian Poulter (Eng) v Bae Sang-moon (Kor)

Martin Kaymer (Ger) v Greg Chalmers (Aus)

David Toms (US) v Rickie Fowler (US)

Matt Kuchar (US) v Jonathan Byrd (US)

Bubba Watson (US) v Ben Crane (US)

Steve Stricker (US) v Kevin Na (US)

Louis Oosthuizen (SA) v Aaron Baddeley (Aus)

Graeme McDowell (NI) v Yang Yong-eun (Kor)

Hunter Mahan (US) v Zach Johnson (US)

Lee Westwood (Eng) v Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)

Robert Karlsson (Swe) v Fredrik Jacobson (Swe)

Nick Watney (US) v Darren Clarke (NI)

Tiger Woods (US) v Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

Webb Simpson (US) v Matteo Manassero (Ita)

Alvaro Quiros (Spa) v Martin Laird (Sco)

Bill Haas (US) v Ryo Ishikawa (Jap)

Justin Rose (Eng) v Paul Lawrie (Sco)