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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Let's See How My Picks Are Doing...

Alright, we're past the pool play portion of the WGC-Dell Match Play. Let's see how many of my picks are still alive for the Round of 16. Remember, I picked one player from each of the four 'regions' of the bracket because the Final Four has one player from each of them.

The Walter Hagen Cup

Actually, I didn't do too bad this year.

  • Rahm region: Dustin Johnson. DJ went 3-0-0 in pool play, which I totally did NOT expect although I thought he was in good enough form to make it out. He plays Richard Bland in the Round of 16, which is a cool story all on its own.
  • Morikawa region: Paul Casey. Maybe I'm just bad luck for Casey. Back spasms caused him to concede all three matches so he ended up 0-3-0. I hope he heals up in time for the Masters.
  • Hovland region: Jordan Spieth. I was just asking too much of Jordan this time. Even with the crowd behind him, the best he could do was 1-2-0 in pool play. Not much to say about that.
  • Cantlay region: Scottie Scheffler. Scheffler went 2-1-0, which was about what I hoped for when I picked him. Scheffler gets a chance to avenge his runner-up finish from last year -- he gets defending champ Billy Horschel in the Round of 16..

So two of my picks made it through pool play. It's rare that I do that well, although I'm still a bit disappointed. DJ and Scheffler are on the same side of the bracket, which means -- if they both make it through -- they'll meet up in the Final Four rather than the Finals. And that means -- again, if they both make it that far -- I'll only have one chance to get the winner rather than two.

Still, match play is a fickle mistress. At least I've still got a couple of dogs in the fight!

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