Henrys the guy who got into the field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play when South African Charl Schwartzel withdrew. Henrys the guy who gets Tiger Woods in Wednesdays first round.
Hes a No. 16 seed in his bracket. Woods is No. 1.
I think Im capable of making seven or eight birdies, said Henry. We all know how good he is. But I dont think theres a huge intimidation factor.
Henry was being careful. But what he meant was he has played golf against Woods going all the way back to college. Henry knows he can make seven or eight birdies and Woods can make eight or nine.
Last year, Stephen Ames, Woods first-round opponent, made some comments Woods took quiet umbrage at and Tiger responded by destroying him, 9 and 8. All Im saying is a No. 16 seed in this event has a better chance of winning than a No. 16 seed in ther NCAA mens basketball tournament, Henry said.
In fact, No. 16 seeds have won 25 matches in the eight-year history of this event.
Anyway, there will be 32 matches Wednesday after which the field of 64 will be cut in half.
The following are a few words'10 to be exact'on each of the 32 match-ups. (Hypens count as one word.)
Tiger Woods vs. J.J. Henry: Ryder Cup teammates; J.J. dangerous; Woods on streak of seven.
Tim Clark vs. Robert Allenby: Beware late Sunday Riviera hangover for Allenby; Both superb ballstrikers.
Nick OHern vs. Lucas Glover: OHern once felled Woods in this event; Glover still searching.
David Howell vs. Rory Sabbatini: Howell can putt; Sabbatini can bomb it. Take the putter.
Luke Donald vs. Miguel-Angel Jimenez: Euro Ryder Cup teammates; Its the artist vs. the mechanic.
Shingo Katayama vs. Aaron Baddeley: Kat in the hat vs. the cat who won Phoenix.
Henrik Stenson vs. Zach Johnson: Both these men are underrated. Stenson beat Tiger at Dubai.
K.J. Choi vs. Carl Pettersson: Pettersson won Tampa 05; Choi in 06. No clue here.
Phil Mickelson vs. Richard Green: Phil has two green jackets; Richard just has the name.
Michael Campbell vs. Justin Rose: Campbell mending from injury; Rose itching for first U.S. win.
Sergio Garcia vs. Darren Clarke: Ryder teammates again. Clarkie won this event back in 2000.
Stuart Appleby vs. Charles Howell III: Chuckie 3-sticks is hottest player in the game right now.
Ernie Els vs. Bradley Dredge: This will be drudgery for Dredge; Big Easy wins easy.
Ian Poulter vs. Bart Bryant: Each should be made to wear the other guys clothes.
Trevor Immelman vs. Thomas Bjorn: Watch Immelman. Last man to beat Tiger Woods in U.S.
Chris DiMarco vs. Brett Wetterich: Another dual between Ryder Cup teammates. DiMarco in 20 holes.
Jim Furyk vs. Brett Quigley: The worlds No. 2 will grind down long-hitting match play rookie.
Angel Cabrera vs. Chad Campbell: Argentine Cabrera answers to Angel. Chads wife sings like one.
Davis Love III vs. Ben Crane: Davis wont like the pace; Crane wont like the outcome.
David Toms vs. Arron Oberholser: Toms loves this event; Oberholsers back is a question mark.
Vijay Singh vs. John Rollins: Rollins wont back off; But wishes he was playing Jeev-Milkha.
Robert Karlsson vs. Stephen Ames: Ames just glad he doesnt have to play Woods again.
Padraig Harrington vs. Lee Westwood: Irishman vs. Englishman; Padraig gets nod off recent Riviera form.
Stewart Cink vs. Jeev Milkha-Singh: Could we see Singh vs. Singh in the third round.
Adam Scott vs. Shaun Micheel: Micheel proved match play mettle late last year at HSBC.
Y.E. Yang vs. Rod Pampling: Pampling thought Yang was that edgy doctor on Greys Anatomy.
Paul Casey vs. Mike Weir: Casey a good bet to advance to the Final Four.
Colin Montgomerie vs. Johan Edfors: Edfors has something to prove; But Monty much better player.
Retief Goosen vs. Scott Verplank: Verplank never a pushover in match play; Chance for upset.
Joe Durant vs. Niclas Fasth: Durant will wear down the Swede with fairways and greens.
Geoff Ogilvy vs. Steve Stricker: Stricker former match play champion; Ogilvy reigning U.S. Open champion.
Jose Maria Olazabal vs. Paul Goydos: Goydos found second act to career; Ollie a class act.