WGC Match Play Championship Round 2 Thoughts

Some thoughts on Round 2, in no particular order:

  • Phil Mickelson got spanked by Ricky Fowler. This might be the beginning of great things for Fowler. I couldn’t believe that iron shot on the par five that finished off Phil.

  • I hate Ricky Fowler’s hats. They look like they’re two sizes too big for his head. The flat brim also looks ridiculous.

  • And speaking of fashion, if Ryan Moore is going to keep wearing those classic golf togs with the tie, he needs to ditch the baseball cap. It looks quite incongruous

  • In eleven tries, Lee Westwood has never gotten past the second round. This time, it was Nick Watney who closed him out. I see a storyline here with Westwood. He’s currently the world’s most consistent player—hence his #1 ranking—but doesn’t close the deal. I’ve just looked up Westwood’s record: One win in 2010—the St. Jude in a playoff. Two wins in 2009: The Portugal Masters and the Dubai World Championship. No wins in 2008. Two wins in 2007: The British Masters and the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia. Not what I would expect from a #1.

  • A last ditch effort by Martin Kaymer kept this from becoming the third straight year in which all four number one seeds were gone by the third round.

  • As bad as the Mickelson defeat looked, Ben Crane’s victory over Rory McIlroy was much, much worse, with the two seed McIlroy going down 8&7. That’s a complete a victory as you can have.

  • Sean Foley says Justin Rose is the most complete player he’s working with now. Wonder what Tiger has to say about that.

  • I wonder if Tiger is wishing he entered the Mayakoba instead of the WGC.

  • JB Holmes is making the most of his last-minute addition, taking out Villegas, and then Els.

  • The match I’m looking forward to on Friday is Martin Kaymer v Hunter Mahan. That may tell us something about the state of American golf vs European golf. Matt Kuchar vs Ricky Fowler looks good too.

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