World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Preview
The World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the best tournaments of the year. The top 64 players in the world are invited and square off in a "March Madness" like match play event. Win and move on, lose and you're out.
The tournament is divided into four brackets named after some of the best players to ever play the game: Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Sam Snead.
The Bobby Jones Bracket
The Bobby Jones Bracket features the #1 ranked player in the world, Lee Westwood. The first round matchup I'm looking forward to in the Bobby Jones Bracket is between two Americans: #8 Nick Watney v. #9 Anthony Kim. The youngster Kim is off to a good start in 2011 after a injury filled 2010. Kim's best finish in 2011 is a tie for 6th and he withdrew last week from the Northern Trust Open due to illness.
Nick Watney is three for three in events, cuts made, and top 10's. In the three events he has started in 2011, his worst finish is 6th place. He's consistent and cool under pressure. I think he'll win this match and give Lee Westwood a run for his money.
My Bobby Jones Bracket Winner: Francesco Molinari of Italy. He impressed me at the Ryer Cup and has continued to play well on the European Tour. It will be interesting to see if him and is brother Eduardo face off against each other in the later rounds.
The Ben Hogan Bracket
The top seed in the Ben Hogan Bracket Phil Mickelson. Earlier this year there were reports Mickelson would not play but later committed to the event. He earns the #4 seed in the event despite being the #5 ranked player in the world. He has two top 10's in 2011 and his best finish is second place at the Farmers Insurance Open.
This bracket has potential to be one of the most exciting in tournament history. Players like Ian Poulter (who won the event in 2010), Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar have me scratching my head at who will come out the winner. If they all advance, we can expect to see some great golf in round two and beyond.
My Pick to Win the Ben Hogan Bracket: Graeme McDowell. After seeing what he did at the Chevron World Championships last year, we know he can knock in big putts under pressure. You can not count him out of any hole and he's playing as good as anyone in the world right now.Continued on the next page