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Mel Sole has 30 years experience teaching golf and is co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, USA



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The main event this week is the World Golf Championships - Accenture Matchplay Championship which will be held at the La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California. The top 64 ranked players in the world on Feb 16 2004 qualify to compete. Alternates are taken from the next in line in the World Golf Rankings of the same week. This event is officially scheduled on both the PGA Tour and The European Tour calendars. A total of $7million in prize money between the 64 players means that even first round losers walk away with $35,000 but naturally they would all prefer the winners purse of $1.2million.

This is the first dual-event week of 2004. Although the top-ranked 64 players are staying in California to play the head-to-head knockout format of the WGC-Accenture Matchplay, the Chrysler Classic of Tucson still has a pretty impressive field of players. Not least of these is the in-form John Daly whose current ranking (64) would have qualified him for the MatchPlay if the event was scheduled for next week instead of this.

There is no Champions Tour Event scheduled for this week.

The LPGA Tour doesn't start for another month or so but when it does we'll have a weekly report on that too.

Our series of golf tips from Mel Sole continues next week with more useful information to help improve the effectiveness of your chip shots.




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