Friday, February 27, 2009

McIlroy the New Story at Accenture Match Play.

With Tiger Woods' comeback relegated to yesterday's news and top seeds dropping like Newton's apple, 19 year old Irishman Rory McIlroy's march through the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship field is as fresh as a prom date. Just off his victory in a to be unnamed Mideast tournament, (Average Golfer policy), young Rory is blasting through his more experienced brethren like it's his birthright. Today's victim was yesterday's Tiger-slayer Tim Clark. Rory dispatched him 4 and 3 in convincing fashion. He had 5 birdies in his abbreviated 15 holes and was 4 up through six. Next up, previous champ Geoff Ogilvy, who doused the previously red hot Camilo Villegas, 2 and 1. Villegas made a hint of a comeback after being down three after 13. Bogeys by Villegas on the 16th and 17th however brought his rally to a sputtering stop. That sets up tomorrow's most interesting tangle. The experienced former champ Ogilvy and the upstart McIlroy.


Stewart Cink vs Ernie Els - Cink just survives. Won't survive Els.
Rory McIlroy vs Geoff Ogilvy - Oh, what the hell, Rory.
Justin Leonard vs Ross Fisher - Fisher showed he can play. Leonard wins.
Paul Casey vs Sean O'Hair - O'Hair impresses. Casey wins this one.

Tune in early tomorrow morning as the quarterfinal matches begin at 10:00 AM, EST on the Golf Channel. NBC picks up the semifinals at 2:00 PM EST.

Average Golfer was a pitiful 3 for 8 with yesterday's picks. Sincere apologies to anyone that was foolish enough to place credence in my picks. My sympathy for anyone that's crazy enough to bet on match play.

Til' next,


  1. Surely Matchplay is easier to pick than regular stroke play? This matchplay has been a breathe of fresh air for tipping and betting on golf.

  2. AG,

    Perhaps for you. I'd have done better with a dart board and a blindfold.

  3. I'm not a betting gal, but golf is a tough one to put your money on. I give you credit for throwing your picks out there. If I went with the odds, I wouldn't be wasting my time with silly videos in a pink golf dress. ;o)

  4. Match play is such a different beast. Some guys are just not wired for it. Every hole is a tournament within a tournament, and even the best and brightest have trouble dealing with being "down" to a competitor. Being "down" 1 or 2 holes is completely different to being 1 or two "shots" behind.

  5. Heather,

    I guess I didn't really throw them out there, I more puked them.

    You're bringing a laptop and a sat phone to Gilligan's Island, right?

  6. UG,

    Yeah, different animal. Looks like Ogilvy's pretty well wired for it. McIlroy impressed. Kinda reminded me of one of the 20 somethings at my club that usually thrash my butt. Sweet when I beat them though.