Match Play: Predictions and tee times for Sweet 16
Our Jim McCabe has been on the scene all week and has his picks for who will be advancing to the Elite 8 on Saturday in Arizona.
• Martin Kaymer def. Matt Kuchar (Tee time: 12:50 p.m. EST) – Don’t be fooled by all those Kuchar smiles. Kaymer isn’t cracking jokes; it’s just Kooch being Kooch.
• Steve Stricker def. Hunter Mahan (1:02 p.m. EST) – On paper, it appears to be the most evenly matched game of the day. Good drivers, terrific putters, neither puts himself in too much trouble.
• Nick Watney def. Lee Westwood (1:14 p.m. EST) – So, the odds seemed stacked against Watney. He has beaten Westwood two years in a row in this championship, but could it be difficult to do for a third time? True. But there’s the matter of his play, which has been very sharp thus far.
• Martin Laird def. Paul Lawrie (1:26 p.m. EST) – Settle in with a plate of haggis, and to really get in the mood, toss on a kilt. Scottish golf is alive and well.
• Peter Hanson def. Brandt Snedeker (1:38 p.m. EST) – Perhaps if he advances to the quarterfinals, or goes further, our question will be answered: Just who is Peter Hanson?
• Dustin Johnson def. Mark Wilson (1:50 p.m. EST) – Feel free to note that Johnson appears to be rounding into form and getting better as the tournament moves forward.
• Rory McIlroy def. Miguel Angel Jimenez (2:02 p.m. EST) – Youngest vs. oldest. Mop of hair vs. ponytail hair. Classic swing vs. WD-40 swing. Hey, either way, great flavor advances.
• John Senden def. Sang-moon Bae (2:14 p.m. EST) – Going with the timeless theory that it’s tough to follow up one great round with another, Bae is in trouble. He shot 5 under for his last 10 holes in Thursday’s win against Charl Schwartzel.