Five matches to watch on Thursday at the Accenture Match Play

Shane Bacon
February 20, 2014

We are a day into the Accenture Match Play, and while plenty of upsets went down during the first round, we have some really solid matches on Thursday at Dove Mountain. Here are the five we think you should really keep your eye on throughout the second round.

Billy Horschel versus Jason Day -- One shows you his emotions right on his sleeve while the other is quietly picking you apart. Both couldn't approach the game any different, but both hit the ball as well as anyone on tour, and this one seems like the match of the day if you're looking for one to go the distance and be exciting. Winner: Horschel

Rory McIlroy versus Harris English -- You aren't going to find a matchup of two 24-year-olds that is better than this one, with Rory hoping to make a run like he did back in 2012. If McIlroy really wants to make a statement that he is back this season, a long run at the Accenture would be the key, but English is playing some solid golf, with three top-1os in his last four starts on tour. Winner: McIlroy

Rickie Fowler versus Jimmy Walker -- This is New School versus Old School, flash versus class, and it is destined to be a great match. Fowler is one of those guys that can really do well in match play simply because most of his bad stroke play rounds are ruined by one or two big numbers and that win over Ian Poulter has to be a confidence booster. Walker is just going to go about his business like he has this season, and I expect this one to be a fun battle all day. Winner: Walker

Matt Kuchar versus Ryan Moore -- The defending champion will have his hands full in this one, and I could definitely see an upset here for Moore if he makes a few putts early in the round. Winner: Moore

Justin Rose versus Ernie Els -- It might not be "Adam Scott versus Phil Mickelson" which would draw a lot of non-golf fans, but few things get better than seeing two major champions go at it in the match play. Els has struggled at this event in the past, but an opening round win and a still rusty Rose could mean a third round visit for Ernie if he can figure out these greens. Winner: Els