February 19 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
Your plan of attack for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship should consist of equal parts defense and aggression. Just make sure they are in that order.
Since there is no cut, you are guaranteed a payday, and that introduces non-members into the equation.
If you make the decision to play it safe and burn a non-member, focus on a bracket that seems navigable. All four have formidable challenges, but the Hogan bracket is particularly deep, so it wouldn't be wise to lean on Richie Ramsay, Marcus Fraser, Thongchai Jaidee or Hiroyuki Fujita.
Jamie Donaldson and Thorbjorn Olesen offer one of the more intriguing matchups in the Snead bracket, but one will be gone after one round.
A resurgent Henrik Stenson (Snead bracket), who won this event at The Gallery at Dove Mountain in 2007, or fellow Swede Peter Hanson (Player bracket), who went 3-1 last year, are solid options (and both are PGA TOUR members).
Despite the appeal of a non-member, however, I can't deviate from 2012 Ryder Cup hero and 2010 WGC-Accenture champ, Ian Poulter. He loves match play and you won't miss him later. Even though he lost in the first round each of the last two years, you might as well roll the dice on a guy that offers more hope than most. Best of all, he's in the half of the Snead bracket that doesn't boast the same kind of firepower as any other half-bracket.
Last week: Jimmy Walker; T16; $99,000.00
Overall Record: 5-for-7
Top 5s: 2
Top 10s: 3
Top 25s: 5
Missed Cuts: 2