Day 2 predictions Snead and Player brackets


MARANA, Ariz. – Sixteen matches will comprise the second round of the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. senior writers Randall Mell and Rex Hoggard are on site and offer up predictions on Day 2. Mell takes on the Player and Snead brackets. (Click for Hoggard's Jones and Hogan brackets)


No. 1 Rory McIlroy vs. No. 9 Anders Hansen

Winner: McIlroy

The lowdown: McIlroy has a chance now to become the No. 1 player in the world, thanks to Luke Donald’s early exit. McIlroy must win it all this week to take the top ranking, and he’s capable of it. It begins with the dispatch of Hansen.

No. 5 Keegan Bradley vs. No. 13 Miguel Angel Jimenez

Winner: Bradley

The lowdown: The world’s most interesting man doesn’t run with the bulls in Pamplona, they run with him, but Jimenez gets run over by a very hot Keegan Bradley in second round.

No. 2 Jason Day vs. No. 10 John Senden

Winner: Day

The lowdown: Day is totally into the mind games of match play, but his load of talent will play most on the mind of Senden in the second round.

No. 3 Charl Schwartzel vs. No. 11 Sang-Moon Bae

Winner: Schwartzel

The lowdown: Schwartzel says the mind is the most important club in the bag. He has his mind around this golf course with a mind to win it all.


No. 1 Lee Westwood vs. No. 8 Robert Karlsson

Winner: Westwood

The lowdown: Westwood, like McIlroy, has some extra motivation now. With Luke Donald eliminated, Westwood could rise back to No. 1 in the world rankings, but he must win it all this week.

No. 4 Nick Watney vs. No. 5 Tiger Woods

Winner: Watney

The lowdown: Watney, who rolled over Darren Clarke, has a chance to make a mark on Woods for the up-and-coming youth movement. He’s ready.

No. 15 Matteo Manassero vs. No. 10 Martin Laird

Winner: Manassero

The lowdown: With an impressive takedown of Webb Simpson in the first round, the young Mr. Manassero is more than ready for the big stage. Possible Manassero-Ishikawa third-round match hangs in the balance.

No. 14 Ryo Ishikawa vs. No. 11 Paul Lawrie

Winner: Ishikawa

The lowdown: Taking down Bill Haas in the first round, that might be Ishikawa’s most significant feat on U.S. soil. Confidence is high.

Watch live coverage of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Golf Channel, Thursday/Friday 2-6PM ET; Saturday noon-2PM ET; Sunday 8AM-1PM ET. NBC coverage can be seen live Saturday/Sunday, 2-6PM ET.