Matt Kuchar will play Jason Day, and Ian Poulter will face defending champion Hunter Mahan tomorrow in the first matches of the day. The two winners will turn around and tee the ball up to decide who wins the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.
Bubba Watson was the last player of the ten top ranked players in the world to be eliminated. Kuchar and Poulter won easily, but it stayed close for Day and Mahan, needing all 18 holes to win.
Poulter is a 3-1 favorite whenever he is in match play, but Mahan was here last year. And young Jason Day is fearless, facing Matt Kuchar who rarely makes a truly bad shot.
After his victory, Jason Day was asked about the pressure of match play vs. a tournament when the lowest score over four days is the object. He said: “It’s like playing Sunday every day”.
Players attack match play in one of two ways. Some “play it safe”, hoping his opponent will make a mistake. Others are aggressive and try to make eagles or birdies on every hole.
The fun starts tomorrow morning on the Golf Channel, followed by NBC’s coverage in the afternoon. Watch it, you won’t be sorry.
Columnist-The Guardian Express