Day 5 predictions: Semifinals of the WGC


MARANA, Ariz. – Two matches amongst four men will comprise the semifinals of the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. senior writer Rex Hoggard is on site and offers up predictions for Day 5.

Hunter Mahan vs. Mark Wilson

The winner: Mahan

The lowdown: Wilson has all the markings of a Match Play special, steady and straight with a solid short game, but Mahan is hitting the ball as well as anyone this week and he birdied four of his last six holes to blow past Matt Kuchar.

Rory McIlroy vs. Lee Westwood

The winner: McIlroy

The lowdown: In an odd twist it will be the young Ulsterman’s experience that leads him into the finals. Before this week Westwood had never advanced past the second round in 11 tries, but McIlroy has made it as far as the quarterfinals. It won’t be easy, however. Expect extra holes.

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