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Saturday, May 18, 2013

And Another One Gone, and Another One Gone

Yesterday I said I would have written about the Volvo World Match Play Championship if Poulter's loss meant he was out of the tournament. Guess what I'm writing about today?

The Big One bit the dust!

Ian Poulter, who would be cast as Conan the Barbarian if Conan's Atlantean weapon was a putter, lost both of his matches in round robin play. First Thongchai Jaidee smote him (I'm continuing the sword analogy here) then Thomas Aiken hacked him into tiny pieces and sent him home in a little box. It's hard to believe he got beaten so quickly.

At least he won't need that viper anti-venom anymore. Who plans to play golf in a snake pit, anyway? (The Copperhead Course doesn't count. That Snake Pit is just a publicity ploy.)

I think it's worth noting, however, that both Jaidee and Aiken made the round of 16. I'm going to assume that their Poulter pounding is a commentary on how well they're both playing, and that it means they both have a good chance of winning this thing.

One other player who got bounced was Thorbjorn Olesen, who I thought would have a good chance here. With his determination (as well as his T6 at the Masters) he seemed to be custom-built for the Volvo. The Thunder Bear will make no noise at this tournament, however.

Although defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts is still alive, I'm looking for Graeme McDowell to come out on top this week. Despite his poor showings at Augusta and THE PLAYERS, he's looked really good at the WGCs and he has a win plus 3 other Top5s this season. I think a good match play event is just what the doctor ordered for Graeme.

And if not... well, we can play that Queen song over and over and over. It never gets old, does it?

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