Expert Picks: WGC-Accenture Match Play

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This week marks the 14th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as 64 of the game's best tee it up at Dove Mountain for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.


Rex Hoggard

Jones Bracket: Jason Day: The Australian advanced to the final four last year in Tucson and in his last four starts at the Match Play, he's made it to the weekend. His biggest test may come in Round 4 when he could potentially face Henrik Stenson.

Hogan Bracket: Jimmy Walker: He may be playing out of the week's toughest bracket - and will be making his first start at the Match Play - but other than last week's fade in Los Angeles he's been like a machine this season.

Player Bracket: Jordan Spieth: Another Match Play rookie, but the American is a newcomer in name only. Following a runner-up finish at his 2014 opener in Hawaii, he's added top-15 finishes at Pebble Beach (T-4) and Los Angeles (T-12).

Snead Bracket: Hunter Mahan: Last year's runner-up at Dove Mountain is the prototypical Match Play pick. He hits a lot of fairways and greens, and when he's making putts he's virtually unstoppable.

Finals Prediction: Mahan d. Day


Jason Sobel

Jones: Graham DeLaet: Ball don't lie. DeLaet has been flushing it better this year than anyone not named Jimmy Walker.

Hogan: Rory McIlroy: He's been trending in the right direction for a few months now, and this course feels like a perfect fit.

Player: Ryan Moore: Plays his best golf on desert courses, though still seeking the match-play form that made him an amateur star.

Snead: Hideki Matsuyama: Every Final Four needs a George Mason, but the ultra-talented Matsuyama wouldn't be such a Cinderella.

Finals Prediction: McIlroy d. Moore


John Antonini

Jones: Jason Day: On match-play pedigree alone, the Aussie is the choice. Day is 8-3 overall at Accenture and has never lost in the first round.

Hogan: Rory McIlroy: A McIlroy-Ian Poulter match in the quarterfinals would be entertaining, but the vagaries of match play will assure that never happens.

Player: Jordan Spieth: Spieth might have to get through past champions Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald to get to the final four, but neither is currently playing up to form.

Snead: Hideki Matsuyama: If this were World Cup soccer, the Snead bracket would be the Group of Death. Look for the young Japanese sensation to lay waste to a group of Ryder Cuppers that includes Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan just in his pod alone.

Finals prediction: Matsuyama d. Day