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Furyk the latest withdrawal from Matchplay

American Jim Furyk withdrew today from the Accenture Match Play Championship that begins next week at Metropolitan Golf Club, adding to a growing list of no-shows for the $5 million event.

Furyk, the tournament's sixth seed, becomes the 40th eligible player to pull out or decline to enter. Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin withdrew Thursday, allowing Australian Nick O'Hern into the field.

American Greg Kraft will replace Furyk, who gave no reason for his withdrawal.

Tournament director Tony Roosenburg said the official draw would be released on Monday and if there were any withdrawals after that, certain players would be given a bye through to the next round. The 64-man event begins Wednesday.

Most of the world's top players, including Tiger Woods, David Duval, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, and Colin Montgomerie, have passed on the event, one of the four World Golf Championship tournaments.

Ernie Els, No. 2 in the world, will be the top seed. Hal Sutton (No. 8), Masters champion Vijay Singh (No. 9), and Tom Lehman (No. 10) are the only other top 10 players in the field.


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