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WGC Accenture Match Play Final Round

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy stayed in control of the match all day winning 4 & 3 over Paul Casey on the 33rd hole. At 17-2 he now has the highest winning percentage all time at this event, although officially listed as fifth in wins. Tiger has 32 wins, David Toms 23, Davis Love III 19 and Stewart Cink has 17, but their winning percentage is lower, Cink is 17-9 but officially listed in 4th place. Paul Casey played good golf today as opposed to his 2nd round yesterday, it was just that Ogilvy played better.

Ross Fisher has played better today as well, that match has been back and forth all day mostly with Fisher in the lead, Cink led briefly on the 12th. Fisher tied it on the 13th and took the lead through 14 & 15 but Stewart Cink came back to square the match on the 16th and they remained all square on 17. Stewart Cink won the 18th hole to win the consolation match 1 up.

1st Place Geoff Ogilvy – Australia
2nd Place Paul Casey – England
3rd Place Stewart Cink – USA
4th Place Ross Fisher – England

Congratulations to Geoff Ogilvy claiming his 2nd WGC Accenture Match Play Championship

WGC: Accenture Match Play Round 5

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Two left standing, sort of, two more left to battle it out for 3rd place, Australian Geoff Ogilvy dispatched American Stewart Cink 4 & 2, although a tight match most of the day the momentum went Ogilvy’s way on the par 5 13th with Cink missing his birdie putt and Ogilvy sinking his, then on the drivable par 4 15th both players drove the green Cink missed for eagle while Ogilvy made his leaving him 3 up with 3 to play, then went on to win on the 16th. On the other hand the other match was just nasty all day, neither player performed particularly well but the battle of the Englishmen went to Paul Casey 2 & 1.

#2 Ogilvy defeated #6 Cink
#6 Casey defeated #9 Fisher

Geoff Ogilvy plays Paul Casey in the 36 hole championship event Sunday
Stewart Cink plays Ross Fisher in the 18 hole consolation match for 3rd place

If one wonders how big a deal it is, the difference between 2nd and 3rd is one quarter of a million dollars, that’s right $250,000.00 not to mention the points for the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Championship match tees off at 7:20AM
The Consolation match tees off at 11:45AM

The Golf Channel will broadcast the first 18 holes from 10-1:30 then NBC will pick up the coverage from 2-6

Although the NBC analyst Johnny Miller and the Golf Channel both wanted to hype the fact that Ogilvy and Casey are friends who coincidently live up I-10 in the Scottsdale area and had visited the course the week prior to the event, I don’t see that as a big deal they earned their respective places in the event. Any other player, regardless of where they live could have just as easily done the same. After all it was a business trip the mileage and the luncheon are tax deductable. At the end of the day match play is all about beating your opponent, whether that be by capitalizing on his mistakes or just flat out “out-golfing” him, and that is what these players did to reach the finals. My predictions now stand thus; Ogilvy for the win, Casey runner-up, Cink for third and Fisher for fourth. One thing is evident after watching the Casey/Fisher match, both of those guy’s better bring a better game than did during this last round if they want to contend.

WGC: Accenture Match Play Round 3

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Round 3 is in the books, from 64 to 32 to 16 and now the elite eight squares off in the quarter finals. It is tough to pick what story is the story of the day, so many emotional moments, frustration and joy for the players, but how can we ignore 19 year old Rory McIlroy beating Tim Clark 4&3. He was 4 up through 6 and never really gave Clark a chance to catch him, five birdies and bogey free golf for the 15 holes it took to win. Now I was fortunate enough to see Tiger come up and I can’t tell you by watching his swing but the pundits who study these things all seem to agree that Rory’s swing and mechanics are better than Tiger’s at that age. If so golf world look out if this young man stay’s healthy he will surely some day claim title to #1. Not to take anything away from Ross Fisher who trounced Jim Furyk by the same 4&3 margin, he had a bogey at the fifth but still posted 7 birdies in his 15 holes, he appears to want to make a statement and so far he has with his game. Luke Donald who was 1 down going to the 18th tee had to concede his match against Ernie Els after tweaking his wrist on his drive at 17. Took a lot of maturity and courage to concede, healthy he had all the chance in the world to tie on 18 and go into a playoff but to risk further injury to the wrist was too a big a gamble. Mickelson was able to square his match with Cink but Stewart took the 17th and went to 18 1up to which Mickelson was unable to answer. Camilo Villegas tried to make a run on Geoff Ogilvy but never brought his putter today, with Ogilvy winning the match 2&1. Justin Leonard defeated Oliver Wilson in 19 holes, which I believe was the closest match of the day. Ian Poulter started his match with Sean O’Hair 2up but the steady play of O’Hair quickly turned that round and at one point went 3 up, O’Hair ended the match winning 2&1. Paul Casey stayed in control of his match with Peter Hansen to win outright 4&2.

By bracket beginning with the Bobby Jones bracket:
#4 Rory McIlroy defeated #8 Tim Clark
#2 Geoff Ogilvy defeated #3 Camilo Villegas
Saturday McIlroy plays Ogilvy (tee time 7:20 am) the winner will play the winner of the Ben Hogan bracket.

Ben Hogan bracket:
#4 Ernie Els defeated #9 Luke Donald (by concession)
#6 Stewart Cink defeated #2 Phil Mickelson
Saturday Els plays Cink (tee time 7:32 am) the winner will play the winner of the Bobby Jones bracket.

Sam Snead bracket:
#9 Ross Fisher defeated #4 Jim Furyk
#7 Justin Leonard defeated #11 Oliver Wilson
Saturday Fisher plays Leonard (tee time 7:44 am) the winner will play the winner of the Gary Player bracket.

Gary Player bracket:
#12 Sean O’Hair defeated #8 Ian Poulter
#6 Paul Casey defeated #15 Peter Hansen
Saturday O’Hair plays Casey (tee time 7:56 am) the winner will play the winner of the Sam Snead bracket.

Televised coverage for Saturday begins at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM (Golf Channel) and 2-6PM EST on NBC consisting of the four quarter final matches and followed up by two semi final matches. Sunday will have a 36 hole championship match and an 18 hole consolation match, to determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Televised coverage for Sunday is scheduled from 10 AM to 1:30 PM (Golf Channel) and 2-6PM EST on NBC. Amateurs tee it up Monday March 2nd but I do not believe any of that will be televised.

Ogilvy is leading the tour in birdies having converted 40% with a scoring average of 68.56 and has hit 79.49% of his greens in regulation this year. I believe he is the best golfer left in the field, however, he hasn’t faced the 19 year old Rory McIlroy who does not have stats compiled on the PGA Tour but he is leading this field in fairways in regulation and is near the top in greens in regulation for the event. It is unfortunate that this match can not decide the championship, were it not for the brackets falling the way they did it may very well have. Els scoring average is 69.5 and his GIR rating is 74.07% while Cink’s scoring average is 70.6 and his GIR rating is an even 70%, I’d like the Georgia Tech alum to take this match, but Ernie is playing better than I’ve seen him play in a long time. Going back to the old putter from the days he was really on form seems to have given him a much needed boost of confidence. Justin Leonard’s scoring average is lower than Els or Cink even though he is ranked higher in the world at 28th, his average is 69.38, Fisher also does not have stats compiled on the PGA Tour on paper it looks like it should be a Leonard victory by world golf rankings but Fisher has defeated lower seeded players the whole way. I hate to jinx an American but I’m going to say Fishers momentum will carry him through this match. Paul Casey has an average score of 71.75 and his greens in regulation are 65.71%, Sean O’Hair although ranked considerably higher in the official world golf rankings than Paul Casey has an average score of 69 even and an impressive GIR rating of 74.44%. I’m going to give the edge to O’Hair on this one. I’m not so sure anyone understands how they determine the “Official World Golf Rankings” some of the players prefer playing on the European or Asian tours and just don’t play enough events in the US to have official PGA Tour stats. Right or wrong I just call them as I see them, McIlroy, Els, Fisher and O’Hair, McIlroy over Els and O’Hair over Fisher, McIlroy and O’Hair for the championship with McIlroy the victor while Els will defeat Fisher for 3rd in the end. That is my prediction anyway, time will tell.

WGC: Accenture Match Play Round 2

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

After two rounds of play no #1’s are left standing. There are only two #2’s left as we head off to the third round of play tomorrow. It is all relative to one’s opinion but for my money match play is the most exciting in all of golf. No score card, an eagle might win a hole, a birdie or a par, but it is winning holes that count not an accumulation of points on a scorecard.

What the top story of the day is has to be Tim Clark defeating Tiger Woods 4&2. It was not poor play on Tiger’s part, he admittedly hit two poor shots today, an eight iron and a drive but it was the steady play of Tim Clark that won the match. The other #1 to fall was Vijay Singh who fell to Luke Donald after 19 holes. Donald ground it out coming from 2 down, took Vijay to a tie on 18 and went on to win in the first playoff hole. Two of the most exciting matches were Davis Love III and Justin Leonard along with Hunter Mahan and Rory McIlroy whose matches went down to the wire ending in regulation play for 1 up victory’s by Leonard and McIlroy. Phil Mickelson nearly squandered a 4 up lead with 5 to play but pulled out the win 1 up. Ross Fisher only needed 13 holes to defeat Pat Perez 6&5 Perez never really brought his game today. Another blowout was Paul Casey taking Mathew Goggin 6&4. Camillo Villegas soundly defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez 5&4, it was reported that Miguel broke the head of his driver midway through the round. Stewart Cink and Lee Westwood traded the lead from the 11th to the 17th from there they were all square until the 23rd hole, the longest match of the day.

This is what the day looked like by bracket starting with the Bobby Jones bracket:
#8 T Clark defeated #1 T Woods
#4 R McIlroy defeated #12 H Mahan
#2 G Ogilvy defeated #10 S Katayama
#3 C Villegas defeated #6 M Jimenez
Friday it will be Tim Clark vs. Rory McIlroy (11:37am) and Geoff Ogilvy vs. Camillo Villegas (11:50am)

In the Ben Hogan bracket:
#9 L Donald defeated #1 V Singh
#4 E Els defeated #5 S Stricker
#2 P Mickelson defeated #7 Z Johnson
#6 S Cink defeated #3 L Westwood
Friday it will be Luke Donald vs. Ernie Els (10:45am) and Phil Mickelson vs. Stewart Cink (10:58am)

In the San Snead bracket:
#9 R Fisher defeated #16 P Perez
#4 J Furyk defeated #5 M Kaymer
#7 J Leonard defeated #15 D Love III
#11 O Wilson defeated #3 A Kim
Friday it will be Ross Fisher vs. Jim Furyk (11:11am) and Justin Leonard vs. Oliver Wilson (11:24am)

In the Gary Player bracket:
#8 I Poulter defeated #16 C Schwartzel
#12 S O’Hair defeated #13 B Weekley
#15 P Hansen defeated #10 S Ames
#6 P Casey defeated #14 M Goggin
Friday it is Ian Poulter vs. Sean O’Hair (12:03pm) and Peter Hansen vs. Paul Casey (12:15)

Tough to bet against any of these men whose game has brought them to the sweet sixteen, 19 year old Rory McIlroy wanted to play Tiger in the third round yet he will have to play better than he did today to beat Tim Clark. Geoff Ogilvy and Camillo Villegas could be a dog fight the major champion against one who surely will be. Luke Donald who has been playing well this year against the Big Easy, another toss up, Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink two stalwarts will it come down to Phil getting erratic? My heart would be with Furyk but Fisher is hot. Leonard is saying all the right things, he is going to play his game and let Oliver Wilson play his. The hot headed Ian Poulter against the young Sean O’Hair both of whom we have seen have meltdowns on the course. Paul Casey ranked at #23 in the world against Peter Hansen ranked 58th in the world and the lowest ranked player left in the tournament, Casey has always impressed me maybe it is his time.

WGC Accenture Match Play Opening Round

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The top 64 players in the world teed it up in the opening round Feb 25, 2009. For those not familiar with this event, it is not unlike the NCAA’s March Madness. The top 64 players are broken down into four brackets. The number 1 ranked player in the world faces off against the 64th ranked, #2 against #63, #3 against #62 and #4 against #61 and so on and so forth. Within their brackets it is #1 vs. #16, #2 vs. 15, and #3 vs. #14 and so on and so forth. The brackets are the Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Gary Player.
The one thing I would say is that there is a lot more parity in these brackets than there is in NCAA March Madness, it is not unusual for a 16 seed to knock off a 1. That happened twice in the opening round with Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia both falling to number 16 seeds Pat Perez and Charl Schwartzel.

In the Bobby Jones bracket:
#1 Tiger Woods defeated #16 Brendan Jones
#2 Geoff Ogilivy defeated #15 K Sutherland
#3 Camillo Villegas defeated #14 Rod Pampling
#4 Rory McIlroy defeated #13 L Oosthuizen
#12 Hunter Mahan defeated #5 Mike Weir
#6 M Jimenez defeated #11 R Sabbatini
#10 S Katayama defeated #7 T Immelman
#8 Tim Clark defeated #9 Retief Goosen
Today Woods plays Clark, Ogilvy plays Katayama, Villegas plays Jimenez, and McIlroy plays Mahan

In the Ben Hogan Bracket:
#1 Vijay Singh defeated #16 S Kjeldsen
#2 Phil Mickelson defeated #15 Angel Cabrera
#3 Lee Westwood defeated #14 P Marksaeng
#4 Ernie Els defeated #13 S Hansen
#5 Steve Stricker defeated #12 D Johnson
#6 Stewart Cink defeated #11 R Sterne
#7 Zach Johnson defeated #10 G McDowell
#9 Luke Donald defeated #8 Ben Curtis
Today Singh plays Donald, Els plays Stricker, Mickelson plays Z Johnson and Westwood plays Cink

In the Sam Snead bracket:
#16 Pat Perez defeated #1 Padraig Harrington
#15 Davis Love III defeated #2 Heinrik Stenson
#3 Anthony Kim defeated #14 L Wen-Tang
#4 Jim Furyk defeated #13 A Hansen
#5 M Kaymer defeated #12 S Appleby
#11 O Wilson defeated #5 KJ Choi
#7 Justin Leonard defeated #10 Andres Romero
#9 Ross Fisher defeated #8 R Allenby
Today Perez plays Fisher, Furyk plays Kaymer, Love III plays Leonard and Kim plays Wilson

In the Gary Player bracket:
#16 C Schwartzel defeated S Garcia
#15 P Hansen defeated #2 R Karlsson
#14 M Goggin defeated #3 Kenny Perry
#13 Boo Weekley defeated #4 Justin Rose
#12 Sean O’Hair defeated #5 Adam Scott
#6 Paul Casey defeated #11 Aarron Baddeley
#10 S Ames defeated #7 A Quiros
#8 Ian Poulter defeated #9 Jeev Milka Singh
Today Schwartzel plays Poulter, Weekley plays O’Hair, Hansen plays Ames and Goggin plays Casey

There are some really interesting match ups today, Tim Clark is no push over even if he is playing #1 in the world Tiger Woods, I look for the wily veteran Jimenez to give Villegas all he can handle, the battle of the young guns McIlroy and Mahan should be good as well in the Jones bracket. Out of the Hogan bracket all four of those matches should be entertaining. In the Slamming Sammy Snead bracket don’t count out the #16 seed Perez, I look for strong performances from Furyk and Kim while Love III and Leonard will probably be the tightest. Leonard may very well be the best putter on tour especially from distance while Love is deadly accurate when firing at the pin. The Player bracket is too tough to call but for the fun of it I’ll say Poulter, Ames and Casey, O’Hair may have the edge on Boo but Boo tends to rise to a challenge and frankly I hope he pulls it off.