Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WGC-Accenture Match Play - Day #1 Winners and Losers, Day #2 Picks.

Average Golfer was a big loser today as he went an abysmal 16 out of 32 in his Day #1 picks. In my humble opinion, the day's biggest winners were Oliver Wilson, Davis Love III, Ross Fisher, Matthew Goggin, Peter Hanson, Boo Weekley, Charl Schwartzel, and Hunter Mahan. All were underdogs in their respective contests. Biggest losers were Sergio Garcia, and anyone that lost to the biggest winners. So, we'll have to make a quick turn around and ace the 2nd round. Can't be any worse than the coin flip results I had today. Day #1 Full final match results. Here we go.......


Woods vs Clark - Woods emphatically.
McIlvoy vs Mahan - McIlvoy in a squeaker.
Ogilvy vs Katayama - Ogilvy's experience here.
Villegas vs Jimenez - Taking the wily Mechanic.
Singh vs Donald - Singh rounding into form.
Els vs Stricker - Stricker in a close one.
Mickelson vs Johnson - Mickelson, but not confident about it.
Westwood vs Cink - Hunch, Cink.
Schwartzel vs Poulter - Hmm...Poulter
Weekley vs O'Hair - Weekley, but barely.
Hanson vs Ames - Ames in this one.
Goggin vs Casey - Casey.
Perez vs Fisher - Unlikely duo. Perez
Furyk vs Kaymer - USA, USA! Furyk.
Love III vs Johnson - Battle of buddies. Leonard.
Kim vs Wilson - Kim, I didn't think he'd be sharp. I was wrong.

Plenty of upsets just proves the fragility of match play. A player could lose as many as 4 or 5 shots to an opponent and still lose just a hole or two. The cream usually rises to the top over the course of a four day stroke play tournament, but today a ton of cream sank to the bottom of the cup.

Stay tuned. Should be fascinating to watch this thing unfold further.

Til' next,


  1. A lot of interesting matches today, Average. I guess I'm some sort of a golf nerd, but I love this format, even though the networks don't (and I understand why).

  2. I went 19 for 32...Who would've though Charl Schwartzel would hold on Garcia or Kenny Perry, 2009 moneylist leader would get knocked off so soon? But, to no surprise, Tiger's back and in my bracket, I have him going all the way.

  3. AG,

    I wouldn't want the format every week, but this event is spectacular.

  4. WW,

    I knew Schwartzel was a nice player, but this was an upset. I must admit that I thought his name, Charl, was a misprint.