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Sunday, March 27, 2016

So My Choice Is...

Well, I've found myself in the unusual situation of having a choice about the winner of the WGC-Dell Match Play after Zach Johnson fell to Rory McIlroy in the round of 16. Zach did a good job, taking World #3 all the way to the 18th, but Rory managed to hold on.

So I still have to choose between Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen as my pick to win the whole thing. Who, oh who should I choose?

Louis Oosthuizen on Saturday

This isn't an easy choice for me. The Final Four are all strong contenders. Jason plays Rory, and that's anybody's guess since both seem to be on their games. Rory has tended to start slowly and gain momentum throughout the match while Jason starts fast out of the gate.

In the other match, Louis takes on Rafael Cabrera-Bello -- who, if you haven't watched much of the European Tour on GC, is a really good player. In my opinion he should have won more than he has, but he tends to be a bit of a gambler. That costs him in stroke play but should stand him in good stead during today's final rounds. On the other hand, Louis is a steady player who doesn't make many mistakes.

Choosing between Jason and Louis is a challenge. Jason's back hasn't held him back so far but that doesn't mean it won't affect him today. That's offset somewhat by Jason regaining the World #1 ranking with his win against Brooks Koepka Saturday afternoon, so he's surely anxious to prove he earned it.

Louis comes out on the short end compared to Jason, especially in terms of PGA Tour wins -- Louis has none in the last few years while Jason has five in the last few months (one a major) and he won this event in 2014. But as I said earlier this week, I think Louis is way overdue and his European Tour win in Australia just a month ago is a sign that he's in form.

So I'm going with King Louis to take it all. We'll see if I'm right later today but in any case, we should have a really good final today.

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