Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tiger @ Match Play

I've been pouring over the brackets as I watch the first round of the Accenture Match Play and there is no possible way that Tiger Woods doesn't at least make it to the semi-finals on Saturday.

At least that's my theory until he gets taken down by somebody like K.J. Choi or Luke Donald. In which case, Tiger's win streak on the PGA Tour dies at seven and the rest of the Match Play suddenly becomes about as compelling as the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Assuming Tiger does hold off J.J. Henry in the first round -- he's 2-up through 7 at the moment -- there is no one in the rest of the Bobby Jones bracket that ought to give him a problem.

If things go as you might expect on the left-hand side of the brackets, which they never do, Tiger could meet Phil Mickelson in the semis on Saturday. Match play being totally unpredictable, the chances of that star-studded showdown are virtually nil. But we can hope.

On the other side of the bracket, you've got to like No. 1 seeds Jim Furyk and Adam Scott. But I'm not fooling myself about those two facing each other in the semis, either.

Bottom line: Match Play will be the toughest slog Tiger has in trying to extend his streak.

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