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Saturday, March 27, 2021

I Went 0 for 4

My Top10 picks did me no favors this week. Alas, not one of them will hoist the Walter Hagen Cup. Although the WGC-Dell Match Play isn't over until Sunday, my four picks all failed to make the Round of 16 and thus I am 0 for 4.

The Walter Hagen Cup

Just to refresh your memory, on Tuesday I picked:

  • Paul Casey
  • Patrick Reed
  • Jason Day
  • Bryson DeChambeau

But I can't say I feel too bad about my picks, given that no one in the Top20 seeds except Jon Rahm (3) made it this far. Here is the remaining bracket -- remember that one of the finalists will come from the left side and one from the right:

  • Upper left side: Robert McIntyre, Victor Perez, Mackenzie Hughes and Sergio Garcia
  • Lower left side: Tommy Fleetwood, Dylan Frittelli, Kevin Streelman and Billy Horschel
  • Upper right side: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman and Bubba Watson
  • Lower right side: Scottie Scheffler, Ian Poulter, Erik van Rooyan and Jon Rahm

I suspect the toughest part of the bracket -- and thus most likely to produce the Match Play champion -- will be the Kuchar-Spieth-Harman-Watson group. This foursome has two past winners on this course (Kuchar and Watson), local favorite Spieth and a real bulldog in Harman.

If I were picking one I think I'd take Kuchar, but I'd be afraid to bet against any of the other three.

In the other groups I suspect Garcia, Fleetwood and Poulter are the most likely winners. Why? Simply because these three will likely need Captains picks to get on the next Ryder Cup team and have often risen to that challenge in the past. (Rahm will make the team no matter what.)

Of course those are just my speculations... but what do I know? I just went 0 for 4.

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