Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Go ahead and pick up your ball...

I’ve always felt that the PGA should consider adding another Major championship and this week’s WGC/Accenture Match Play event seems like the perfect fit.

64 professional golfers from around the world will converge on The Gallery (a tough desert & rocky terrain course with tons of bunkers.) to stake their claim as the best Match player in the world.

Just a re-hash on “Match Play”… Two players battle each other over 18 holes or as many needed to decide the “match”. Fewest strokes on the hole win the hole. Most holes won wins the “match”. A player’s opponent can concede putts if they feel necessary. That’s pretty much it.

I’ve included a link to a bracket for those that are interested or need a “warm-up” bracket to fill out before March Madness comes around.

So… who’s your guy?

For those that want to crown Tiger Woods as the winner of the event, go ahead. You’d have a pretty good pick. In 31 matches, Woods is 25-6, which includes victories in 2003 and 2004.

Phil Mickelson comes in hot after his victory at Riviera (Northern Trust Open) last Sunday, but is only 12-8 overall in the WGC Match Play Event and his best finish at this event was 5th place in 2004.

David Toms has an impressive record in this event, 22-7 in 29 matches, with a victory in 2005 and a runner-up in 2003 (Tiger Woods). Count on Toms to at least make it to the Sweet 16.

Last year’s champion, Henrik Stenson is a #4 seed and is in the Hogan bracket with #1 seed, Ernie Els. Els best finish at WGC Match Play was 4th place in 2001, the only time he’s advanced past the 2nd round in this event. Which makes me think that perhaps the seed #s should be switched around (seed #s are based on player’s World Golf Ranking).

But a low seed # doesn’t necessarily translate into victory. 3 of the last 7 winners of this event had seeds higher than #13: Steve Stricker (2001), Kevin Sutherland (2002) & Geoff Ogilvy (2006).

I’ll throw a dart in the dark and take Camilo “Spiderman” Villegas to take it all. He’ll be playing in his first WGC Match Play event and last time I checked, the Arizona desert is home to lots of spiders.

3 Comentários:

anntmar said...

since golf is not my game, i'm picking Tiger Woods...btw who won the contest????

Anonymous said...

I couldnt agree more Goods. I love match play. I think the competition is greater to square off against another player - and go mano y mano.

I'm looking forward to it, i never bet against tiger. Its like betting against MJ - bad move.


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