You know those moments when Phil Mickelson and his caddie are having a back-and-forth discussion about whether Phil should try to thread a shot under a fallen tree limb but over a pond into a blind pin location?
Haven’t you wanted to be as close as the television broadcasters get to see and hear exactly what Phil is attempting and what Bones (Mickelson’s caddie, Jim Mackay) is likely trying to talk him out of?
Now is your chance as the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship announced a new initiative for the 2012 event called “Follow the Leaders.” During the Championship Match on Sunday, tournament officials will allow fans an opportunity to fill in the fairway behind the two players who are going head-to-head to decide the Accenture Match Play Championship winner.
So this year, fans may get to see just how improbable Luke Donald’s flop shot was to halve the hole on the multi-tiered 9th green or see just how far Dustin Johnson can actually hit a 5-iron to reach the green in two.
“Follow the Leaders” will give fans the unique chance to experience the crowd, walk the fairways and view the greens from a player’s perspective. All Sunday ticket holders will be invited to “Follow the Leaders” at the Accenture Match Play Championship, the only official match-play event on the PGA TOUR schedule.
“We are thrilled to unveil ‘Follow the Leaders’ for the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship and give our fans a one-of-a-kind experience to view the Championship Match like never before,” said Gerald Goodman, executive director of the Accenture Match Play Championship. “We already have such a unique setting at Dove Mountain and a unique format as a match-play event; this is a way to bring fans even closer to the action as two of the best players in the world go head-to-head for the Walter Hagen Cup.”
“I’m really excited to hear about the ‘Follow the Leaders’ program,” said 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship winner and World No. 1 Luke Donald. “Winning the Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year was a career highlight and nothing beats the atmosphere of match-play competition. To have the gallery fill in behind the last match will make things even more exciting. I really hope I’m part of the experience in February, since that means I’m in the Championship Match and have a shot at successfully defending my title!”