Rex Hoggard - February 26, 2012

RSS Senior Writer Rex Hoggard is in Marana, Arizona for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The reaction to the McIlroy-Westwood match in the semifinals among media in the United States shows that there is eagerness for something that is exciting in a week where there have not been that many great stories. There is certainly great subtext to this match because of Rory’s split with Chubby Chandler as well as the fight for World #1 which is a great help to this event this year. He thinks that Rory has been able to captivate the U.S. audience thanks to his 2011 U.S. Open win and there are a lot of people in Arizona who have been chanting his name on the course all week long and there will be a lot of people rooting for Rory today.

In terms of his play and his talent, he is not surprised to see Mark Wilson in the semifinals but admitted that Wilson was not the name to top the list of the Americans most likely to make the Final Four. Wilson’s game is actually quite similar to Luke Donald’s in that he is not a long hitter but has a great short game.

At the end of his quarterfinal loss, Matt Kuchar tried to joke that he wanted to punch Nick Faldo in the back of the neck for his comments about anchored putters on “State of the Game” on Golf Channel on Friday night. Kuchar began anchoring the putter this year and Faldo said that he was against the idea of pros being able to anchor the putter. He was able to chase down Faldo, explain himself, and apologize. Rex thinks the whole issue is much ado about nothing.