Randall: Former champ Henrik “Boxer Briefs” Stenson gets boxed out in a brief appearance this year by a highly motivated world No. 1.
Rex: The world-No. 1-in-waiting has little trouble with the Korean, who has a grand total of five lifetime starts on the PGA Tour.
Randall: Expectorations, uh, sorry, expectations have changed for Tiger, but he spits out another Match Play opponent anyway.
Rex: Jones has been here before, going down to Tiger Woods two years ago in Round 1, and this season’s stay in the Arizona desert will be just as brief.
Randall: I’m betting Heath Slocum’s caddie won’t be ripping off his bib before this one’s over. McDowell wins.
Rex: A bracket bridesmaid the last two years at Dove Mountain, Casey cruises past Green on his way to another finals runs.
Randall: Byrd has reveled playing with his back to the wall, and that’s what it will feel like against the talented young Irishman, whom Byrd sends home early in this upset.
Rex: This is going to send my Cheese-headed cubicle-mate into a tizzy, but the young Italian stuns Stricker whose Match Play record is pedestrian at best since his 2001 victory.
Randall: The talented artist from England paints a pretty picture in the desert, one Hoffman won’t stop to admire on his way out of town.
Rex: Close match but Match Play rookie Palmer edges Furyk, who has started his season slowly.
Randall: The Hoosier does a little Hickory High weave around the Big Easy in a first-round upset.
Rex: A Ryder Cup redo of sorts, but the colorful defending champion clips Cink.
Randall: Try as he might, Mr. Hansen can’t wipe that smile off Kuchar’s face with Kuchar continuing to take his game to another level.
Rex: In a classic clash of divergent styles Wilson, the PGA Tour’s only two-time winner in 2011, wears out Johnson with his fairways-and-greens schtick.
Randall: Highest ranked player nobody’s paying attention to (Karlsson) wins another in the shadows.
Rex: Although solid last week at Riviera, Choi’s had little luck at the Match Play and Goosen is trending in the right direction.
Randall: The Italian teaches Moore the meaning of the word “arividerchi” in dispatching the American in the first round.
Rex: The showdown of Sean Foley disciples goes to Mahan, whose superior ballstriking makes him a favorite this week.
Randall: Bubba’s strained oblique won’t feel any better after Haas sticks a loss in his ribs.
Rex: As long as Van Pelt isn’t asked to spell Oosthuizen he’ll roll to victory over the Match Play rookie.
Randall: Spanish missiles light up the desert sky with Quiros riding a hot streak to another win.
Rex: No need for a called-in ruling, Villegas’ week will be short without an unpopular disqualification.
Randall: Even bulls refuse to fight “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” how’s Ikeda supposed to beat him?
Rex: Remember that halved Monday singles match with Rickie Fowler at the Ryder Cup? This half of the flying Molinari brothers sails to a Round 1 victory.
Randall: The Bashful Prince will know another level of shyness when Schwartzel’s done with him.
Rex: They say the race goes to the slow and steady, but this bout goes to the relative sprinter Scott.
Randall: “No worries, Mr. Kim, that bloke that just beat you is Tall Poppies.” Translation of Aussie slang: Day’s really good.
Rex: Allenby is playing well, but Fisher is a match play assassin and will bury the Aussie with birdies.
Randall: Bad news for Mr. Hanson, Fowler seemed to really like match-play pressure in his Ryder Cup debut.
Rex: Ogilvy, Ogilvy, Ogilvy . . . oi, oi, oi. Translation: the former two-time Match Play champion wins in a walk-over.
Randall: Sound the bugle, the Zach Attack moves through the desert.
Rex: Swing coach says Kim is “fine” after L.A. withdrawal, but Watney will give him some extra time to recover with an early exit.
Day 1 WGC-Accenture Match Play predictions
February 22, 2011, 4:55 pm
MARANA, Ariz. – Once the action starts at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship things move fast, so your on-site scribes Randall Mell and Rex Hoggard offer a quick glance of what to expect on Day 1 at Dove Mountain (click here for the full bracket):