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Is the match play returning to Marana a good thing?

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For sake of argument, let's say that the Accenture Match Play is one of the top six biggest golf tournaments of the year. Sure, it isn't a major, but it is the type of event that brings the best in the world together and forces them to play hard against each other for six straight days in hopes that you're the last man standing, literally, in the match play format.

So is their recent announcement to head back to Marana, Ariz. a good thing? I believe so. The golf course, albeit gimmicky at times, seems to be a perfect fit for the type of format they play. It brings the desert into play on a lot of holes, which means that you actually get a glimpse of the best in the world trying to pitch out sideways like a group of hackers would do while vacationing at Troon North, and it has some fun holes that make the golf exciting.

So far since the tournament has been hosted at Dove Mountain three extremely respectable champions have walked away with the trophy, with Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald being the big winners in Marana.

Also, it seems like a different style golf course is perfect for the different style of play. I went down to Dove Mountain this year, and thought the course was tough but fair. It plays long, but has some holes you can make anything from eagle to double-bogey on, with this thought highlighted by the 15th hole.

It also seems that the 18th is a finishing hole that produced tons of drama, none more than the match between Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes this year.

For a golf tournament that sets itself apart, I think Dove Mountain is a good fit for now. Sure, the crowds are pretty sparse, and the course has some holes you wish could be altered, but unless we're talking Pine Valley and Cypress Point, what course doesn't?

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