WGC-Accenture, Round 2: Bracket Aftermath


After several shocking first-round upsets Thursday, most of the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge brackets went up in flames. Even fewer remained intact after the second-round matches. Here are some figures to consider in the wake of Friday's surprising results:

• Only four of the remaining 16 players were chosen as the ultimate winner in more than 1 percent of fantasy brackets. Ian Poulter is the most popular pick still standing, having been chosen to win 6.6 percent of brackets, while 1.94 percent of users have Matt Kuchar eventually winning. Hunter Mahan is predicted to win back-to-back titles in 1.48 percent of entries, while 1.39 percent chose reigning U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

• For every bracket that saw all four projected semifinalists make the third round, there were 399 entries that were less accurate. Only 0.25 percent still have each of their 'Final Four' alive entering Saturday's play, while 32.95 percent of brackets had each of their four semifinalists eliminated by the end of the second round.

• While much was made of the first-round upsets pulled by Shane Lowry and Charles Howell III, the foresight by some fantasy participants to put certain players into the Round of 16 was even more impressive. Only 0.56 percent of brackets had Lowry making it to the third round - and who can fault the rest of us, as his run is unprecedented for the No. 64 seed - while only 0.3 percent of entries had Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano winning each of his first two matches this week, likely due to the fact that most felt his second-round opponent would be Woods instead of Howell. 

• If your overall winner is still in the mix, consider yourself fortunate. While over 70 percent of brackets saw their champion eliminated Thursday, the losses Friday by the likes of Luke Donald, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose cut those numbers even further. Entering the third round, only 14.81 percent of fantasy participants can boast that their overall winner is still standing.

• After pulling off impressive second-round wins over top seeds, both Robert Garrigus and Scott Piercy are in position for a long run at Dove Mountain that could reward a slim portion of fantasy participants. Just 0.09 percent - as in less than 1 in 1,000 - have Garrigus winning their bracket. Even fewer predicted a watershed win for Piercy, who was tabbed to emerge from just 0.06 percent of entries before the week began.