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Golf Barometer: Match Play Championship: 63 Darts

David Ferris

Ferris covers the PGA Tour for RotoWire. He is an award-winning sports writer and a veteran fantasy columnist. He also is a scratch golfer.

63 Dart Throws at the Accenture Match Play Championship

Life is better with brackets. Let's make some picks, shall we?


Lee Westwood over Henrik Stenson

Stenson has won this event, but what's happened to his game in recent years?

Nick Watney over Anthony Kim

Two young studs, but Watney's consistency gives hi the edge

Retief Goosen ove K.J. Choi

When it comes to nerves on the green, Goosen is a better putter than the stats might suggest

Francesco Molinari over Ryan Moore

When in doubt, pick the Euro

Steve Stricker over Matteo Manassero

Dreamy putting stroke gets him through

Charl Schwartzel over Ryo Ishikawa

Schwartzel's last five starts on the European Tour: 8-1-4-4-2

Charley Hoffman over Luke Donald

Don't share this pick with RotoWire's Northwestern Mafia

Edoardo Molinari over Martin Laird

Even Fonzie would be afraid of the Molinari Crunch

Westwood over Watney

Westwood is one of the Top 5 players in the world right now

Goosen over Molinari

If you've been struck by lightning multiple times, nothing throws you

Schwartzel over Stricker

When's the last time this kid had a bad stretch of golf?

E. Molinari over Hoffman

Can't pick too many upset wins for blonde bomber

Westwood over Goosen
Schwartzel over E. Molinari

Bracket Winner:
Charl Schwartzel


Phil Mickelson over Brendan Jones

This one will be over early

Rickie Fowler over Peter Hanson

Kid Fowler is too brash to be nervous

Matt Kuchar over Anders Hansen

I'm starting to buy into Kuchar as an elite player

Louis Oosthuizen over Bo Van Pelt

Guile wins over distance

Graeme McDowell over Heath Slocum

Major victory was not a fluke

Ross Fisher over Robert Allenby

I trust Fisher more on the greens

Ian Poulter over Stewart Cink

This event is perfect for the brash, gutsy Englishman

Y.E. Yang over Alvaro Quiros

If he could stare down Tiger at the PGA, nothing here will shake him

Fowler over Mickelson

Get a good seat for this one

Kuchar over Oosthuizen

Kuchar's short game triumphs in validation bowl

McDowell over Fisher

Only concern with McDowell is the month-long break

Poulter over Yang

Poulter will surge to early lead and coast here

Kuchar over Fowler
Poulter over McDowell

Bracket Winner:
Ian Poulter


Martin Kaymer over Seung-yui Noh

They won't get anywhere near No 18

Justin Rose over Zach Johnson

No one knows how healthy Johnson is

Robert Karlsson over Hiroyuki Fujita

Finally starting to cash in on years or promise

Sean O'Hair over Hunter Mahan

Intriguing battle of erratic uber-talents

Rory McIlroy over Jonathan Byrd

A shame McIlroy and Fowler aren't in same bracket

Ben Crane over Adam Scott

The tortoise takes down the hare

Jim Furyk over Ryan Palmer

Furyk's a grinder, but he'll win this on raw ability

Miguel Jimenez over Yuta Ikeda

Much to the delight of Curtis Leskanic

Rose over Kaymer

Kaymer's been ordinary since January win

Karlsson over O'Hair

Hard to go deep with O'Hair based on his early returns

Crane over McIlroy

Heart says McIlroy, head ops for Crane

Jimenez over Furyk

This one has a Ryder Cup feel

Rose over Karlsson
Crane over Jimenez

Bracket Winner:
Miguel Jimenez


Tiger Woods over Thomas Bjorn

Tiger's slumping but let's not get ridiculous

Geoff Ogilvy over Padraig Harrington

Ogilvy has won this twice, and Paddy's swing isn't there yet

Mark Wilson over Dustin Johnson

No one nudge Wilson, let the dream continue

Bubba Watson over Bill Haas

Hard to go deep with Watson, but he'll bull through here

Paul Casey over Richard Green

Casey was runner-up the last two years

Jason Day over Kyung-tae Kim

An upset in seeding only; Day is favored

Ernie Els over Jeff Overton

Nerves of Big Easy get him through

J.B. Holmes over Camilo Villegas

Villegas hasn't been right all season

Ogilvy over Woods

Neither in top form, match could go either way

Wilson over Watson

It's the Year of the Cheesehead

Casey over Day

Casey tailor made for this format

Holmes over Els

JB's game is more well-rounded than most realize

Ogilvy over Wilson
Casey over Holmes

Bracket Winner:
Paul Casey

Match-Play Winner:
Paul Casey defeats Charl Schwartzel in the final, 3 and 2.

Disagree? You're welcome to. Most of our brackets will be in the garbage can in 48-72 hours, but we'll keep watching anyway.

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