SAN FRANCISCO – From Ben Martin’s ace to the lack of buzz at Harding Park, here’s a look at some of the biggest winners and losers from Day 1 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play:
Rory-Billy: Their blowout wins Wednesday ensures that their Friday showdown actually means something. Lucky us.
King Louie: Finally healthy and playing like it. Oosthuizen housed Keegan Bradley and seems to poised to repeat his quarterfinal appearance a year ago.
Webb: Clearly the guy loves the Bay Area – and $48 burger dogs.
Henrik Stenson: The highest-ranked player to lose on Wednesday, but don’t be too surprised – he’s barely touched a club over the past few weeks because of various illnesses.
J-Rose/J-Day: Hey, they’re far from the only players to leave New Orleans with a hangover. They face must-win matches on Day 2.
Victor Dubuisson: Probably the only player in the field who wishes this event was still in Tucson. He got rolled, 5 and 4, after 14 birdie-less holes Wednesday.
Poults: Can’t knock his incredible Ryder Cup mark, but his record in this event no longer scares anyone – he’s staring at his fourth early exit in the past five years. His match against Webb Simpson was so rough, he refused to accept a ride to the clubhouse and stomped down the 18th fairway by himself.
WGC-Match Play buzz: The best Wednesday in golf was replaced by a sleepy slate of uninteresting matches with few fans, little excitement and a lot of confusion amongst players about the round-robin format. Let’s hope the weekend is worth it.