Match Game

A few weeks before the NCAA releases its final field of 65 college teams that search for a shot to make it to the final four, a better version of March Madness happens in February on a golf course in a desert.

The World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championships creates one of the best weekends in golf, if not the longest name in the history of competitive sport. Spaced out over five days and six rounds, the top 64 golfers in the world find out who becomes the best match play golfer in the world – at least in 2008.

In its tenth year and second golf course, the Match Play Championships usually provide the most exciting golf all season outside of the majors. In the NCAA Tournament, it’s highly unlikely a 16 seed will ever beat a one seed in the first round. At the Match Play Championships, it’s more than likely at least one top seed will lose on Wednesday afternoon.

If you think Tiger Woods acts as a slam dunk to win the title, you may want to write down your predictions in pencil and find an eraser. Woods has only won the championship twice in nine years. Sure, that’s an impressive record for any golfer, but it’s not exactly Tiger Woods quality. That’s the beauty of this competition – anyone, and I mean anyone, can pull off a weekend to remember at The Gallery At Dove Mountain.

As the 32 matches tee off on a Wednesday in the middle of nowhere, expect to see at least two number one seeds lose this afternoon. (I’m looking at you, Phil and Ernie.) Here’s my final four for the Match Play Championships:

K.J. Choi vs. Adam Scott
Geoff Ogilvy vs. Anders Hansen

Choi meets Ogilvy in the final match with K.J. Choi winning 4 & 3.

Remember to enjoy the golf this weekend on NBC Sports at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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  1. Personally, I like the Modified Shackleford System

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