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Singh (ribs), Faldo (flu) withdraw from Match Play

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Vijay Singh pulled out of this week's Match Play Championship on Sunday due to a rib injury suffered two weeks ago in San Diego.

As the fourth-ranked player in the world, Singh would have been the top seed in the Ben Hogan bracket for next week's World Golf Championships event in Carlsbad, California.

A tireless worker, Singh injured himself at the Buick Invitational. The Fiji native won one of his first four starts this season, capturing the Phoenix Open for his 12th PGA Tour victory.

A two-time major winner, Singh never has made it past the second round in four Match Play appearances.

Singh's replacement is Carl Pettersson of Sweden, who began the week as the top alternate. Ranked 67th in the world as of Sunday, Pettersson will face Tiger Woods in the first round

Nick Faldo, who qualified for the Match
Play Championship with a runner-up finish to Ernie Els two weeks ago in Australia, also withdrew from the $6 million tournament with the flu.

Phil Tataurangi of New Zealand, No. 66 in the world ranking,
will replace Faldo in the field and play Ernie Els in the opening round.

Faldo is ranked 56th. Toru Taniguchi (No. 55) previously
withdrew because of injury.

The Accenture Match Play Championship starts Wednesday at La
Costa Resort for the top 64 players available from the world
ranking.

It was the first time Faldo, a three-time Masters and British
Open champion, had qualified for the Match Play since its debut in
1999, when he was the 64th seed and lost to Woods in the opening
round.

The pairings will
not be final until Monday, and will be announced on ESPNEWS at 7 p.m. ET.

SportsTicker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.