World Match Play--Final Words
Update # 4 … All is said and done. Geoff beat Davis and Zach beat Tom.
The #1 who surprised me the most was Retief. I thought that he would be the first # 1 out, and he was the last one standing. Match play truly is a window into the soul (more on that in my next blog!) I thought this one was a great event, with lots of eagles on par 5s and 4s. Lots of birdie streaks (Tiger, DiMarco, et al.)
Update # 3…The up-down match of the tournament is Weir vs. Ogilvy. Ogilvy goes 2 down, battles back, goes four down, battles back, and finally defeated the star-crossed Canadian on the 21st hole with an eagle to Weir’s birdie. Tiger went down to defeat, as did Vijay, so Retief is the only #1 seed left. Funny thing is, lots of great players are left: DL3, Padraig, Retief, Young US hopefuls Chad and Zach, young Euro hopeful Dave Howell, young Aussie hopeful Geoff Ogilvy, and Shingo, baby, Shingo!!!
Update # 2…Today it was the Snead bracket that bit me hard. Went 1-3 in that one, and 2-2 in the other three. My Tiger upsetter was defeated, so here’s hoping that Eldrick continues on his way to victory.
Here is my update…Doesn’t take a genius to not hire me as a betting advisor. Here are some great numbers…In the Jones bracket, the favorite won 7 of 8 matches; in the Hogan bracket, it was split (4 favorites, 4 underdogs); in the Player bracket, 5 of 8 favorites won, while in the land of upsets (the Snead bracket), only 3 of 8 favorites won. So if you chose straight favorites, you went 19 and 13, and trounced me.
As for me, both my finalists are already down the road … woe is RonMon!
FIRST ROUND WINNERS: (15-17)
SECOND ROUND WINNERS: (7-9)
THIRD ROUND WINNERS:
Stenson versus Els (NO)
DiMarco versus Furyk (NO)
Els (NO) versus Furyk (NO)
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