Thomas Pieters was picked ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox for Europe's Ryder Cup team, having bolstered his case for inclusion with a stunning opening round of 62 at last week's Made in Denmark tournament
Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer will be joined by US Amateur champion Gunn Yang of South Korea, the group teeing off on the 10th hole.
Martin Kaymer, winner in Abu Dhabi on three previous occasions and holder of the tournament record tally of 24-under par, shot a bogey-free seven-under par third round of 65 to reach 20-under par total for 54 holes.
Martin Kaymer, who pocketed $600,000 Wednesday for the win, birdied from seven feet but Bubba Watson failed with his putt from five feet in the play-off after both the golfers finished at a score of six-under 136 in the four-man 36-hole tournament for the year's major winners.
Holders Europe outscored the US side 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 in afternoon foursomes for the second day in a row, the final blow a six-foot birdie putt by Justin Rose allowing him and Martin Kaymer to halve with unbeaten US rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
England's Richard Finch delivered the first big upset at the Volvo World Match-Play Championship on Friday as he knocked out former PGA Champion Martin Kaymer of Germany.
Four days after losing the Masters in a playoff, Louis Oosthuizen will try to overcome disappointment and fatigue when he tees up on Thursday in the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Hunter Mahan beat Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 to win the World Golf Championships Match Play crown on Sunday, denying the Northern Irishman's bid to claim the world number one ranking.
Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy moved closer to the Match Play Championship title, and the No.1 ranking that would come with it, by winning their matches Friday and reaching the quarterfinals.
England's Richard Finch shot an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the New Zealand Open.