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Fantasy: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Preview

Fantasy:  WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Preview
By Mo Yoshimoto on February 20, 2013

WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain; Marana, AZ
Purse: $8,750,000

The European Tour and PGA Tour collide in the first co-sanctioned event of the 2013 season.   The WGC-Accenture is Week 8 (Fantasy Challenge-Golf Channel) and Week 6 (Fantasy Race to Dubai-European Tour).  Big purse up for grabs this week so if your picks can go deep into the brackets, plenty is at stake.  Conversely, this event is a match-play format and unlike stroke-play events, where ground can be made up from a slow start, this is a one-and-done deal.  One loss and you’re packing your bags.


Tournament Notes

• 64 of the Top 68 in OWGR are in the field.  No. 4 Brandt Snedeker and No. 9 Phil Mickelson were W/D’s.  Snedeker due to a rib-injury and Mickelson family vacation.  Replaced in the field by Fredrik Jacobsen and Shane Lowry.

• 12 of the 64 are making their first WGC Match Play appearance:  Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, Russell Henley, Marcel Siem, Robert Garrigus, Marcus Fraser, Branden Grace, David Lynn, Thorbjorn Olesen, Scott Piercy, Richie Ramsay and Lowry.

• Past Champions in the field:  Hunter Mahan; Luke Donald; Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson; David Toms; Tiger Woods (x3) and Steve Stricker.  (Note: Only Mahan, Donald and Poulter’s victories were here at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain). 

• Four players who started the year outside the top 100 qualified for the 64-man field: Richard Sterne (154), Russell Henley (131), Charles Howell III (117) and Chris Wood (139).

• Course measures 7,791 yards on the card.  Par 72 (36-36).  Weather will play a factor in the Day 1 matches:  Marana, AZ [Forecast] Wed. 52°F 33°F / Chance of Rain: 70% / Winds: WSW19.


Names to Watch (Odds):

Tiger Woods (9/1) – Woods is the odds-on favorite.  Nuff said?  Not so fast.  Three-time champion here but none on this course and Woods has made early exits his last three visits. 

Charl Schwartzel (16/1) – Is there anyone on the planet hotter than this South African?  His last five starts:  T3, 2, 1, T3, T5.  Alas, these were all stroke-play events but his confidence is sky high.

Luke Donald (16/1) – First-round exit last year but not unusual for defending champions (2011) to get bounced early the following year.  Donald may have the ‘easiest’ road to the semis. 

•  Matt Kuchar (28/1) – Hard to argue with Kuchar’s success here.  Solo 3rd in 2011 followed by a T5 here last year.  Has never lost in the first two rounds here.  I look for Kuchar in the finals.

Martin Kaymer (30/1) – My dark horse.  T2 here in 2011 followed by a T9 last year.  Clinching 2012 Ryder Cup putt has revived Kaymer’s mojo.  Kaymer vs. Kuchar in the finals.


Mo Yoshimoto

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