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Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:32 pm

Slow play...interested in your thoughts

The amount of slow play is unreal. From Jason Day to Bradley to Byrd to Crane to... I don't get it. That said it seems to be tolerated. I've noticed CBS coverage calling out the sloths more often than in the past but is the Tour concerned? Keep up the great work.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:16 pm

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

We'd like to see?  You and Mark Steinberg?

I think most of America would like to see Gonzalo Fernandez Castano vs. anybody in Round Two

Day vs. McIlroy would be a reprise of days 1-3 at Augusta.  They both played well those days.  Rickie Fowler was with them on days 1-2, and he also played well.  I'm a huge McIlroy fan, but I like Day a lot as well.  I hope he can snag a win or two this season, but lately he seems to be coming up short on the consistency meter.

The American media would rather obsess over T. Woods T15's than Rory's long string of top fives or top tens, but McIlroy is really becoming a consistent contender.  Even when he has poor weekends, he seems to wind up in the top five.

I hate to be a mathematical killjoy, but while Day vs. McIlroy would be a great match, even if Rory and Day were 2-1 favorites in every round, the odds of them meeting would be only 8-9 percent.

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