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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Variety of Scores to Watch this Weekend

Before I take a quick look at where we stand at the Accenture, I'd like to take a few minutes to catch up with the ladies. There are two events of interest going on this weekend -- which the Constructivist is trying to keep up with at his blog -- but I want to get you quickly up-to-date.

The most obvious one is the Honda LPGA Thailand, and the course took revenge on Friday. (Here's the Constructivist's Friday summary. He may have the Saturday summary up by the time you read this.) Anna Nordqvist is still leading... and she's still at -6. Very few players were able to post a low score; Julieta Granada and Azahara Munoz managed to post -4s and passed everybody except Nordqvist. Sandra Gal's -2 tied her with them.

At this point (just after midnight) Inbee Park is making a move up the board, going 2-under for 3 holes to reach -4 for the tourney. As TC points out in his post, scoring on this course has proven to be volatile. Drastic changes are likely during the round so Inbee may fall back soon. As an example, during Friday's round So Yeon Ryu got it to -7 for the tourney in 13 holes before dropping 4 shots in 3 holes.

Cheyenne Woods

The other tournament is the first Symetra event of the year, the Visit Mesa Gateway Classic. It may get some attention simply because Cheyenne Woods (pictured above) is in the field... but her first round wasn't so good. She's +3 after the first round, 8 shots behind the lead group (6 players at -5). I should point out that a couple of Big Breakers are playing well right out of the gate -- Mallory Blackwell and Sara Brown are both in that lead group.

As for the WGC-Accenture Match Play, the big news (for me, anyway) is...

I've Still Got Two Horses in the Race!

Yes, two of my Final Four are still plugging away. I lost Patrick Reed in the second round to the Announcer's Curse (yes, capitalized and intoned in a spooky Vincent Price voice) and I lost Sergio Friday when Rickie Fowler finally found his putter again.

A quick note about that: I know Sergio is going to take a lot of heat for conceding that long putt on 7, but I'm giving him a pass. One of the best pieces of advice my uncle ever gave me was that life is much easier when you live without guilt. I'm not going to second-guess Sergio for making a decision he could live with.

Most of you probably aren't too surprised that Jordan Spieth is still in the game. (Although he said it in jest, I'm guessing Matt Kuchar probably regrets that remark about playing "12-year-old Jordan Spieth" he made to GC before the third round.) Jordan's match with Ernie Els today should be interesting since Ernie has had some moments of brilliance to win matches. If his game clicks today, Jordan could have his hands full.

However, I bet very few of you picked Victor Dubuisson to make it. You should have. (In case you've forgotten, check this post.) Victor plays arch-thief Graeme McDowell today, which could end up being the best match of the day.

Well, that or the Jason Day/Louis Oosthuizen match. Those boys have been tearing it up at Dove Mountain. The Rickie Fowler/Jim Furyk match should also be pretty good.

At any rate, we'll have our Final Four by the end of the day and I'll have a chance to see if I have any picks left. (For those of you who don't remember, last year only one of my Final Four -- Ian Poulter -- made it... and he finished in 4th place. I'm hoping for better this time.)

Like I said, there's a lot of golf to keep up with this weekend. Don't forget to check the Constructivist's blog to keep up with the women.

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