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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Match Play Heaven

In case you didn't know -- but you're a huge fan of match play, like me -- both the ET and the LPGA start their match play tournaments today.

The ET has the Volvo World Match Play Championship, which is being played in Spain and features the top 3 players in the world rankings. Only 16 of the 24 opponents will be playing in the first round, which is an interesting change from the Accenture Match Play. Ross Fisher is the defending champion, but my money's on Luke Donald; match play is definitely his strength. Ryan Moore is the only American in the field, but he had a pretty good record as an amateur so I'll be keeping my eye on him as well.

And the LPGA is playing the Sybase Match Play Championship, which has a unique twist. Rather than playing standard brackets (1 vs 64, 2 vs 63, etc.), each of the top 32 in the field drew the names of their first-round opponents. This makes for some very interesting first-round match-ups, the kind that normally wouldn't be seen for another round or two -- for example, Cristie Kerr is playing Amanda Blumentherst -- a 3 against a 48 -- and Jiyai Shin plays Meena Lee -- a 2 against a 33. Sun Young Yoo is the defending champion.

Looks like I'll be glued to the TV today. Golf Channel will be covering both -- the Volvo starts at 9am and the Sybase at 6:30pm.


  1. The match play really brings a new element of excitement to watching golf I think. It could have a really interesting outcome if Westood, Donal, or Kaymer wins they might get that #1 OWGR spot, regardless who wins I love watching match play as well.

  2. And all three won their matches today. It could get VERY interesting by Sunday!