World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Field Down to Final 16
Only 16 players remain at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The 16 matches played on Thursday brought about the elimination of the two of the top players in the world, LeeWestwood and Phil Mickelson as the field was down from 32 players.
(Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson join fellow #1 seed Tiger Woods on the sideline)
In the Bobby Jones Bracket, Nick Watney was responsible for taking down Lee Westwood and advancing to the final 16. Westwood made a birdie on 14 to climb within 1-down but couldn't make up the ground through the final four holes. Watney will face fellow American Ryan Moore who defeated K.J. Choi 5&4.
In the Ben Hogan Bracket, Rickie Fowler made quick work of Phil Mickelson winning the match 6&5. The 2010 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year was 1-down early but ran off four consecutive winning holes (8-11) before finishing off his fellow American on the 13th. Fowler advances to play MattKuchar who defeated Bo Van Pelt 3&2.
The elimination of Mickelson and Westwood left only one #1 seed remaining. The world's #2 ranked player, Martin Kaymer of Germany. Kaymer managed to hold off Justin Rose and win the match in 20 holes. He'll go on to face American Hunter Mahan, who defeated Robert Karlsson of Sweden 2up.
With only 16 players left in the field, here are the matches we will be watching:
Bobby Jones Bracket:
Nick Watney v. Ryan Moore: Watney got here by making quick work of fellow American Anthony Kim in round one (5&4). He followed it up by defeating the #1 ranked player in the world, Lee Westwood. Ryan Moore surprised a lot of people when he took down Francesco Molinari in round one and showed the world he was for real when he beat K.J. Choi 5&4 in round two.
Outcome: Unfortunately only one of these talented young Americans can advance to the final 8. While both are playing great golf, someone has to win. I'm going to take Nick Watney to advance in a close one to call.
Ben Hogan Bracket
Rickie Fowler v. Matt Kuchar: Is anyone more consistent than Matt Kuchar? He never seems shaken by anything and proved it in his 22 hole first round win over Anders Hansen. His 3&2 defeat over Bo Van Pelt proved poise pays off. A Rickie Fowler win over Phil Mickelson may not have come as a shock to some but winning 6&5 turned a lot of heads. His quick work yesterday means he had some extra rest which could help as this match heads into the later holes.Continued on the next page