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February 26 2012

7:03 PM

Predictions for finals matches

MARANA, Ariz. – PGATOUR.COM staffers Mike McAllister and Helen Ross are on the scene at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Here are their predictions for the last two matches of the tournament – the championship final between Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan, and the consolation final between Lee Westwood and Mark Wilson.

Now it’s your turn. Which players do you like in the finals?

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

McAllister’s prediction: McIlroy.
Although Mahan has been terrific all week – no player has made more birdies – McIlroy just seems to be getting better with each match. He showed something by rallying to beat Lee Westwood after being 3 down early in the semifinal match. I think he has the most momentum going into the afternoon.”

Ross’ prediction: Mahan
”He's made the well-timed birdies and poured in clutch putts to halve. Plus, I think McIlroy may have expended too much focus on Westwood.”

CONSOLATION MATCH

McAllister’s prediction: Westwood
”Westwood has been solid all week and didn’t play badly in losing to McIlroy. He just ran into a buzzsaw.”

Ross’ prediction: Wilson
”I'll go with my fellow Tar Heel from North Carolina. He's playing well and he has more to prove.”

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