Predictions and tee times: Match Play quarters

Scotland's Martin Laird hits out of the bunker during the third round of the WGC-Match Play Championship.
Scotland's Martin Laird hits out of the bunker during the third round of the WGC-Match Play Championship. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Peter Hanson def. Mark Wilson (12:05 p.m. EST) – The Swede has edged his way onto the world stage for a few years now, tournament by tournament, and this could be his breakthrough week.

Matt Kuchar def. Hunter Mahan (12:20 p.m. EST) – He has been a veritable birdie machine this week, but here’s a guess that Mahan runs out of gas against a steady force who doesn’t figure to toss anything away.

Rory McIlroy def. Sang-moon Bae (2:05 p.m. EST) – McIlroy has yet to play a stellar round, and surely the Bae surprise is due to come to an end, no?

Martin Laird def. Lee Westwood (2:20 p.m. EST) – Perhaps the two players who’ve been the steadiest this week. Laird has trailed for just four holes, Westwood hasn’t trailed at all. With everyone wanting McIlroy vs. Westwood, you just know there’ll be a spoiler.