Day 2 WGC-Accenture Match Play predictions


MARANA, Ariz. – Thirty-two players survived the first day of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, while 32 others were sent packing. Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell offer up their predictions on what will unfold on Day 2 in the desert (click here for the full bracket):

(2) Graeme McDowell vs. (10) Ross Fisher (11:10 a.m. ET)

McDowell is beating everyone up, even his good pals, which he’ll do in Round 2.
(11) Y.E. Yang vs. (14) Stewart Cink  (11:22 a.m. ET)

Rex: Cink needed extra holes with a swing that’s best described as a work-in-progress and a hot putter. Not a bad combination in match play or against Yang.
(2) Paul Casey vs. (10) Jason Day (11:34 a.m. ET)

Randall: G'day, mate, becomes goodbye for Day.
(3) Ernie Els vs. (6) J.B. Holmes (11:46 a.m. ET)

Rex: No one tell J.B. this week’s event is being played at Dove Mountain, not TPC Scottsdale, and he’ll continue to mow down opponents.
(7) Charl Schwartzel vs. (15) Matteo Manassero (11:58 a.m. ET)

Randall: Youth isn’t wasted on the young, Italian 17-year-old rolls again.
(3) Luke Donald vs. (6) Edoardo Molinari (12:10 p.m. ET)

Rex: Donald will continue to play just like he did at the Ryder Cup. Molinari will not.
(2) Rory McIlroy vs. (10) Ben Crane (12:22 p.m. ET)

Randall: Learned a lesson, may never pick against McIlroy again.
(6) Miguel A. Jimenez vs. (14) Ryan Palmer (12:34 p.m. ET)

Rex: Palmer played like Arnie on Day 1 but will need an army to get past the Mechanic.
(1) Phil Mickelson vs. (8) Rickie Fowler (12:46 p.m. ET)

Randall: Fowler denies Mickelson a chance to pass Tiger in the world rankings with an upset.
(4) Matt Kuchar vs. (12) Bo Van Pelt (12:58 p.m. ET)

Rex: It will be close but Kuchar seems to play his best golf when the pressure is on.
(8) Geoff Ogilvy vs. (16) Thomas Bjorn (1:10 p.m. ET)

Randall: Bjorn’s work is done with Tiger gone, Bjorn exits next.
(5) Bubba Watson vs. (13) Mark Wilson (1:22 p.m. ET)

Rex: Wilson downed one bomber on Wednesday (Dustin Johnson) and will add to his growing reputation as a giant killer on Day 2.
(1) Lee Westwood vs. (8) Nick Watney (1:34 p.m. ET)


Westwood looks like he’s on a mission and runs through Watney.
(12) Ryan Moore vs. (13) K.J. Choi (1:46 p.m. ET)

Rex: Moore will look better than the Korean on the first tee but the resurgent Choi will take the “W.”
(1) Martin Kaymer vs. (9) Justin Rose (1:58 p.m. ET)

Randall: The Germinator says “Hasta la vista, baby” to Rose.
(4) Robert Karlsson vs. (5) Hunter Mahan (2:10 p.m. ET)

Rex: Mahan made quick work of Sean O’Hair on Wednesday, winning 4 and 3, and will match that effort on Thursday.