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McIlroy and global stars arrive for Match Play with limited expectations

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 17th hole during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 17th hole during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot during a practice round for the Match Play Championship golf tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during a practice round at the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during a practice round at the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Rory McIlroy makes his American debut this week in the Match Play Championship. The goal is to make sure it's not a short week.

McIlroy appears to be close to regaining the form that made him No. 1 in the world. He started the season on the European Tour and had chances to win in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. So his expectations would seem to be high.

But not this week.

The Accenture Match Play Championship is the most unpredictable in golf, with 64 of the top players in the world in 18-hole matches. Tiger Woods is the only No. 1 seed to win the event, and he's not at Dove Mountain this year.

McIlroy was asked about his chance and knew only that he played Boo Weekley on Wednesday.