Next week, 64 top golfers from around the world will arrive in Tucson to compete in the 2014 Accenture Match Play that starts on Wednesday. That is the good news.
The bad news is that it looks like four of the top 12 players aren't coming. We also know Accenture will not be sponsoring the event anymore. Finally, we don't even know if the event will return to Southern Arizona next year.
The golf championship ranks high on Tucson's big annual events for economic impact. It has brought in an estimated $75 million in the past. Only the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase brings in more money. Additionally, Match Play raises millions for youth sports through the Conquistadores.
There's talk that the players don't like the Dove Mountain course and don't like being on a mountain in February. As we know, it can snow.
Whatever the reason, it is up to us - the fans in this great community - to support the Match Play by buying tickets and making sure that they are used. Hopefully, that will make it harder for the event to leave Tucson and Southern Arizona.