Day 3 WGC-Accenture Match Play predictions


MARANA, Ariz. – Of the four top-seeded players this week only Martin Kaymer remains, and his road to Sunday’s finale may be decided on Friday when he faces Hunter Mahan. The rest of the Sweet 16 matches, however, may not be as easy to predict (click here for the full bracket):

(4) Matt Kuchar vs. (8) Rickie Fowler (12:35 p.m. ET)

If Fowler’s rout of Phil Mickelson was any indication they may want to start engraving the trophy to save time on Sunday.
(2) Graeme McDowell vs. (11) Y.E. Yang (12:47 p.m. ET)

We’ve picked against Yang for two consecutive days and see no reason to stop now.
(5) Bubba Watson vs. (8) Geoff Ogilvy (12:59 p.m. ET)

The way the Australian played on Thursday the best Watson can hope for is another surfing accident.
(6) J.B. Holmes vs. (10) Jason Day (1:11 p.m. ET)

When the Australian is healthy there are few players who can match him shot-for-shot. J.B.’s desert luck finally runs out.
(8) Nick Watney vs. (12) Ryan Moore (1:23 p.m. ET)

Watney wavered down the stretch in his upset of world No. 1 Lee Westwood, but “Rube” is on a roll and won’t be stopped.
(3) Luke Donald vs. (15) Matteo Mannessero (1:35 p.m. ET)

The Italian teen has been flawless so far, but steady Donald has a way of wearing down opponents.
(1) Martin Kaymer vs. (5) Hunter Mahan (1:47 p.m. ET)

Kaymer needed extra holes to take down one Sean Foley student (Justin Rose) and will run out of luck with another on Friday.
(6) Miguel A. Jiminez vs. (10) Ben Crane (1:59 p.m. ET)

Jimenez in extra holes because he’s the most interesting man at Dove Mountain and, everybody now, Crane is too S-L-O-W.