Accenture: Day 3 predictions
February 21, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Rickie Fowler has already taken out match play specialist Ian Poulter and FedExCup leader Jimmy Walker. Can he knock off the top-rated remaining player in Sergio Garcia on Friday? (Franklin/Getty Images)
BOBBY JONES BRACKET
Webb Simpson def. Louis Oosthuizen, 4 and 2
Both players can make birdies in bunches, but Webb seems super focused this week, putting in a ton of time on the range after his only poor finish of the season last week. I think he rolls on.
Jason Day def. George Coetzee, 3 and 2
No doubt that Coetzee has been playing great coming into this week, but in Thursday’s round, he made five bogeys and a double in 21 holes. That won’t get it done against Day, who is in full-on grind-it-out mode this week. In Thursday’s match with Horschel, he didn’t have his best stuff (not to mention he was 3 down after four). But he finds a way to win.
BEN HOGAN BRACKET
Harris English def. Jim Furyk, 2 and 1
Don’t expect many mistakes in this matchup of two great ballstrikers. Furyk is another great grinder that knows how to focus on playing his own game, but English has been one of the TOUR’s most consistent players in 2014. Always go with the hot hand (especially if they just took down Rory McIlroy).
Rickie Fowler def. Sergio Garcia, 1 up
What a great match this could be. Garcia and Fowler have played a lot of golf together over the past year (they were paired together when Sergio won in Thailand). But Rickie has looked completely comfortable with his swing changes this week, taking out match play wizard Ian Poulter and red hot Jimmy Walker. Plus, we’ve been burned twice now by not picking him.
GARY PLAYER BRACKET
Jason Dufner def. Ernie Els, 4 and 3
While he’s holed some very clutch putts down the stretch, Els has played two opponents that haven’t put much pressure on him with good play. Despite making 10 bogeys, he made it through to Round 3. Dufner has been a bit off-form, too, but he’s gotten the job done with a few great comebacks. The upside is definitely with The Duf.
Jordan Spieth def. Matt Kuchar, 19 holes
I’ve gone back and forth on this one about 12 times now. Kuchar doesn’t give any holes away, but Spieth has risen to just about every challenge presented to him in the past year. I’ll pull the trigger on Spieth. Kuchar’s eight-win streak has to end sometime.
SAM SNEAD BRACKET
Hunter Mahan def. Graeme McDowell, 1 up
Finally, a rematch of the epic 2010 match that won McDowell and Europe the Ryder Cup. Mahan is so solid in this format and on this golf course. I’ll say that G-Mac’s comeback luck runs out tomorrow.
Victor Dubuisson def. Bubba Watson, 3 and 2
Bubba has played lights-out since last weekend at Riviera, and all logic says he should pick up another win. But in Bubba Golf, we’ve come to learn that you have to expect the unexpected.