The Second Round of the 2011 Accenture Match Play starts today in Marana, Arizona at 9:10am MT (11:10am ET).
The Accenture Match Championship Started in 1999 and pits the top 64 World ranked Golfers against each other in a single elimination match play event. During the first round yesterday, Retief Goosen, Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods were among the few big names to get the boot. Bested by Thomas Bjorne, winner of this years Qatar Masters earlier this year, this marked the first time Tiger Woods has ever fallen during the opening round of the Accenture Match Play.
Here is who is gearing up for today’s face offs:
Graeme McDowell & Ross Fisher
Steward Cink & Y.E. Yang
Paul Casey & Jason Day
Ernie Els & J.B. Holmes
Matteo Manassero & Charl Schwartzel
Luke Donald & Edoardo Molinari
Rory McIlroy & Ben Crane
Ryan Palmer & Miguel A. Jimenez
Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar & Bo Van Pelt
Thomas Bjorn & Geoff Ogilvy
Mark Wilson & Bubba Watson
Lee Westwood & Nick Watney
K.J. Choi & Ryan Moore
Martin Kaymer & Justin Rose
Robert Karlsson & Hunter Mahan
Covers Experts has given Nickey Watney the edge over Lee Westwood, Mark Wilson over Bubba Watson, and the biggest skewed edge (in this caveman’s opinion) to Justin Rose over Martin Kaymer. Martin Kaymer has been playing extremely well as of late, and their only real reason for it is Rose’s “Ryder Cup Snub” from last year. I am not sure if this is going to be enough of a motivator 5 months later.
I personally think that Westwood will continue to advance into the final four along with Rory McIlroy (who will tag out Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, and then Martin Kaymar), Bubba Watson, and Graeme McDowell. Westwood Will Beat McDowell and will have a final round showdown with the up and coming McIlroy, who will take it.
If you haven’t seen the bracket yet, You can check it out here
What do you think Rock Heads? Who is going to be the last man standing at this year’s Match Play? This fan has his bracket coming down to Kaymer vs. McDowell, Will this caveman be wrong?