Mythical Match Play champion: Round 1 outcomes


AdamScott (6) vs. Jordan Spieth (56): 9 choose Scott, 1 electSpieth SCOTT wins.

Why I chose Scott: “Scott is enjoying a career resurgence as he approaches 40 and can still make enough putts (most of the time) to allow his superior ball-striking to see him through.”– Cameron Morfit

LeeWestwood (31) vs. Shugo Imahira (41): 9 choose Westwood, 1 electImahira WESTWOOD wins.

Why I chose Westwood: “Although this event hasn’t exactly been kind to him, he’s flashed enough form lately to get past Imahira.”– Mike McAllister

“We’ve seen a mini-revival from Westy over the last few months that would have peaked around Augusta.”– Ben Everill

Group standings: Scott 1-0, Westwood 1-0, Imahira 0-1, Spieth 0-1


PatrickReed (7) vs. Andrew Putnam (63): 10 choose Reed, 0 choosePutnam REED wins.

Why I chose Reed: “Put him in a one-on-one and he’s always tough to beat.”– Ben Everill

MatthewFitzpatrick (25) vs. Rafa Cabrera Bello (46): 6 choose Cabrera Bello, 4 chooseFitzpatrick CABRERA BELLO wins.

Why I chose Cabrera Bello: “The Spaniard has good feel for Austin CC.”– Jim McCabe

Group standings: Reed 1-0, Cabrera Bello 1-0, Fitzpatrick 0-1, Putnam 0-1


PatrickCantlay (8) vs. Adam Hadwin (55): 10 choose Cantlay, 0 chooseHadwin CANTLAY wins.

Why I chose Cantlay: “If the Canuck had been showcasing benefits yielded by the Nappy Factor, this would set up as an upset.” – Rob Bolton

TyrrellHatton (21) vs. Sergio Garcia (38): 8 choose Hatton, 2 chooseGarcia HATTON wins.

Why I chose Hatton: “The mercurial Hatton’s self-confidence has never been higher after notching his first PGA TOUR victory at Bay Hill.”– Cameron Morfit

Group standings: Cantlay 1-0, Hatton 1-0, Garcia 0-1, Hadwin 0-1


WebbSimpson (9) vs. Lucas Herbert (64): 10 choose Simpson, 0 chooseHerbert SIMPSON wins.

Why I chose Simpson: “Simpson has been one of the best players on TOUR this season, so there’s no reason to think an upset will happen here.”– Sean Martin

RickieFowler (27) vs. Scottie Scheffler (45): 7 choose Scheffler, 3 chooseFowler SCHEFFLER wins.

Why I chose Scheffler: “Scheffler has been playing really well this season, and Fowler may not be the fan favorite against Texas Longhorn.”– Tom Alter

Group standings: Simpson 1-0, Scheffler 1-0, Fowler 0-1, Herbert 0-1


TommyFleetwood (10) vs. Byeong Hun An (50): 6 choose Fleetwood, 4 chooseAn FLEETWOOD wins.

Why I chose Fleetwood: “An is an underrated player who can ball-strike with the best of them. Sadly for him, Tommy ball-strikes better than almost all of them. Fleetwood is a man for an occasion and should easily handle the South Korean.”– Jamie Kennedy

FrancescoMolinari (28) vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (47): 8 choose Bezuidenhout, 2 chooseMolinari BEZUIDENHOUT wins.

Why I chose Bezuidenhout: “Yes, Molinari was a semifinalist last year so this is definitely an upset pick. But it’s been nearly a year since his last top-10 finish, and he’s missed the cut in three of his last four starts. The South African is in better form right now.”– Mike McAllister

Group standings: Fleetwood 1-0, Bezuidenhout 1-0, Molinari 0-1, An 0-1


TigerWoods (11) vs. Phil Mickelson (61): 9 choose Woods, 1 electMickelson WOODS wins.

Why I chose Woods: “If he’s healthy, Tiger seems more like Tiger while Phil seems more like a shell of himself lately.  (And Tiger is a master at match play.)”– Tom Alter

KevinNa (30) vs. Victor Perez (40): 8 choose Na, 2 choosePerez NA wins.

Why I chose Na: “He’s more experienced and it assumes that he doesn’t withdraw early.” – Rob Bolton

Group standings: Woods 1-0, Na 1-0, Perez 0-1, Mickelson 0-1

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