The Accenture Match Play Championships begin this week, and we've got your bracket breakdown right here. First, snag yourself a printable bracket, and next, let us help you with the rundown. Fill it out pronto, and remember: the "cuter uniform" rule has no sway here.
Bobby Jones Bracket: No. 1 seed and defending champ Luke Donald leads off against Ernie Els. Other intriguing matchups include #3 Dustin Johnson against #14 Jim Furyk and #4 KJ Choi against rebound kid #13 Kyle Stanley. This bracket has its pitfalls, but it ought to be a fairly easy route to the Final Four for Donald.
Ben Hogan Bracket: Martin Kaymer, the top seed, faces Greg Chalmers in the first round, but then it gets tough. He'll have to potentially face Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar or Bubba Watson just to get to the Elite Eight. The other half of the bracket features #2 Steve Stricker potentially facing Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson or Y.E. Yang. That's some tough competition there. Prediction: Mahan is this year's surprising #6 seed in the Final Four.
Gary Player Bracket: Rory McIlroy has a fairly straightforward first couple rounds, but then he potentially faces Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley or Geoff Ogilvy. The lower half of the bracket shakes out well for Jason Day, with Charl Schwartzel his primary competition there. McIlroy is the best bet to come out of this bracket, though Ogilvy could surprise.
Sam Snead Bracket: The big matchup looming out there is in the round of 16, with #1 seed Lee Westwood possibly facing an unheralded #5 seed by the name of Tiger Woods. In the lower half of the bracket, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas lead the way. Depending on how those two play, they could easily knock off one of the marquee names. And we predict that's exactly what will happen, as Haas' putting stroke and invulnerability to pressure will take down either Woods or Westwood.
So that leaves us with a Final Four of Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas. We're picking Donald to blow Mahan out of the water, and McIlroy to edge Haas late, setting up — hey, going out on a limb here — a Luke Donald repeat. Book it!
- Luke Donald
- Hunter Mahan
- Dustin Johnson
- Rory McIlroy