Fantasy Tip Sheet: Accenture Match Play

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Luke Donald is getting no love from our fantasy panel as the golf world prepares for its version of Bracket Mania.

Actually, neither is Tiger Woods. Or Dustin Johnson. Or Lee Westwood. Or Martin Kaymer.

What gives?

Two of our panelists are taking the hot hand - with Alex Miceli watching Adam Scott firsthand in Los Angeles this past week and liking what he saw, while Lance Ringler believes that Sergio Garcia has his putter headed in the right direction and could be a man to watch this week.

Jeff Rude goes with ol' reliable in Steve Stricker, while Jim McCabe and Sean Martin are both going with recent major champs in Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy, respectively.

And, no, we haven't forgotten about the Mayakoba Classic, we've given you some picks there too. Spencer Levin and Johnson Wagner are getting plenty of love there.

Who is your pick? Have you filled out a bracket yet? Make sure to play our Match Play Challenge to win tons of great prizes by clicking here!

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Steve Stricker

Like his chances in his bracket. He's in form and he can demoralize someone in match play with his putting.

Ian Poulter

Over and over, the guy keeps showing he is one of the world's best when it comes to match play.

Winner: Spencer Levin ($15,477); wild card: Kevin Na ($12,408). 2012 total: $2,268,413. Mayakoba pick: Johnson Wagner

McCabe Charl Schwartzel

Great swing, better on-course demeanor, and a putting prowess to handle the wild humps and bumps of the greens of Dove Mountain.

Brandt Snedeker

OK, so his first three matches could be Retief Goosen, Kyle Stanley, and Luke Donald. Snedeker's aggressive style and low-score mentality are worth taking a shot on.

Winner: Ryan Moore ($86,366); wild card: Ernie Els ($14,520). 2012 total: $3,216,831. Mayakoba pick: Spencer Levin

Martin Rory McIlroy

McIlroy's match-play record isn't great. His best showing is a quarterfinals appearance in 2009. He's playing as well as anyone on the planet, though. McIlroy has finished in the top five in eight of his last nine starts. His worst showing in that span is 11th. The fact that he can become world No. 1 with a victory is a little added motivation.

Keegan Bradley

He's been steady this year, finishing in the top 25 in all of his starts. I'm going to go with the gritty competitor here.

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($580,800); wild card: Jimmy Walker ($259,875). 2012 total: $1,546,326. Mayakoba pick: Jarrod Lyle.

Miceli Adam Scott

Looked good last week in L.A., now we'll see if the longer putter can take Scott to a Match Play victory.

Kyle Stanley

First match play could be special. He has all the tools, just needs experience.

Winner: Aaron Baddeley ($158,400); wild card: Vijay Singh ($38,940). 2012 total: $3,825,659. Mayakoba pick: Johnson Wagner

Ringler Sergio Garcia

Tough opening-round match for Sergio, but quietly playing as well as anyone in the world. Could thrive in this format this week.

Robert Rock

He is the Butler or Gonzaga, the sleeper of this February Madness.

Winner: Charles Howell III (MC); wild card: Kevin Na ($12,408). 2012 total: $1,446,197. Mayakoba pick: Spencer Levin.

Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the Accenture Match Play field:

  • 1. Steve Stricker
  • 2. Luke Donald
  • 3. Lee Westwood
  • 4. Rory McIlroy
  • 5. Webb Simpson
  • 6. Sergio Garcia
  • 7. Matt Kuchar
  • 8. Charl Schwartzel
  • 10. Hunter Mahan
  • 11. Jason Day
  • 12. Bubba Watson
  • 13. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 14. Tiger Woods
  • 16. John Senden
  • 17. Zach Johnson
  • 18. Adam Scott
  • 19. K.J. Choi
  • 20. Martin Kaymer
  • 21. Bo Van Pelt
  • 22. Nick Watney
  • 24. Rickie Fowler
  • 25. Gary Woodland
  • 26. Dustin Johnson
  • 30. David Toms
  • 32. Aaron Baddeley
  • 33. Bill Haas
  • 34. Brandt Snedeker
  • 36. Kyle Stanley
  • 38. Retief Goosen
  • 39. Peter Hanson
  • 40. Justin Rose
  • 42. Simon Dyson
  • 44. Jim Furyk
  • 45. Robert Karlsson
  • 46. Martin Laird
  • 47. Kyung-tae Kim
  • 48. Matteo Manassero
  • 49. Jason Dufner
  • 50. Paul Lawrie
  • 53. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 56. Anders Hansen
  • 57. Ian Poulter
  • 58. Y.E. Yang
  • 60. Robert Rock
  • 65. Thomas Bjorn
  • 66. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 67. Keegan Bradley
  • 69. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
  • 74. George Coetzee
  • 76. Francesco Molinari
  • 80. Ben Crane
  • 82. Mark Wilson
  • 96. Graeme McDowell
  • 97. Ernie Els
  • 98. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 99. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 104. Kevin Na
  • 116. Greg Chalmers
  • 123. Jonathan Byrd
  • 126. Alvaro Quiros
  • 154. Rafael Cabrera Bello
  • 167. Miguel A. Jimenez
  • 172. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 276. Darren Clarke

Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the Mayakoba Classic:

  • 15. Charles Howell III
  • 27. Spencer Levin
  • 36. Shane Bertsch
  • 52. Robert Allenby
  • 55. Rory Sabbatini
  • 72. Charley Hoffman
  • 79. Brian Gay
  • 86. Johnson Wagner
  • 89. Brandt Jobe
  • 91. Chad Campbell
  • 94. David Hearn
  • 100. Gary Christian
  • 105. J.J. Killeen
  • 108. Jerry Kelly
  • 115. Josh Teater
  • 118. Matt Every
  • 121. Chris Stroud
  • 139. Marco Dawson
  • 141. William McGirt
  • 144. John Merrick
  • 146. Thomas Aiken
  • 147. Billy Mayfair
  • 152. Harrison Frazar
  • 153. Michael Thompson
  • 157. Alejandro Canizares
  • 161. Russell Knox
  • 162. Kevin Stadler
  • 171. Jose Manuel Lara
  • 175. J.J. Henry
  • 177. Steve Flesch
  • 179. Erik Compton
  • 190. Heath Slocum
  • 191. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 192. Kent Jones
  • 193. Danny Lee
  • 194. Woody Austin
  • 196. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 198. Miguel Angel Carballo
  • 205. Briny Baird
  • 209. Hunter Haas
  • 210. Tim Herron
  • 213. Ben Curtis
  • 215. Roberto Castro
  • 220. Nathan Green
  • 231. Stephen Ames
  • 232. Tim Petrovic
  • 235. Will MacKenzie
  • 243. Kirk Triplett
  • 246. Martin Flores
  • 249. Vaughn Taylor
  • 253. Brett Wetterich
  • 257. Billy Horschel
  • 259. Boo Weekley
  • 261. Troy Kelly
  • 266. Lee Janzen
  • 271. Billy Hurley III
  • 274. Tommy Biershenk
  • 278. Chris Riley
  • 283. Paul Stankowski
  • 285. Garrett Willis
  • 286. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 287. Garth Mulroy
  • 288. Joe Ogilvie
  • 290. Dicky Pride
  • 292. Sunghoon Kang
  • 293. James Driscoll
  • 303. Greg Owen
  • 304. Mark D. Anderson
  • 317. Steven Bowditch
  • 324. Chad Collins
  • 332. Cameron Beckman
  • 354. Alexandre Rocha
  • 359. Roland Thatcher
  • 363. Joe Durant
  • 369. Marc Turnesa
  • 382. Kyle Reifers
  • 383. Jarrod Lyle
  • 387. J.P. Hayes
  • 392. Shaun Micheel
  • 396. Kevin Kisner
  • 409. Mark Hensby
  • 412. Richard S. Johnson
  • 419. Richard H. Lee
  • 427. Kyle Thompson
  • 437. Colt Knost
  • 443. Matt Jones
  • 456. Will Claxton
  • 464. Daniel Chopra
  • 477. Matt Bettencourt
  • 510. Peter Lonard
  • 536. Matt McQuillan
  • 537. Scott McCarron
  • 547. Jason Gore
  • 553. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
  • 563. Scott Brown
  • 574. Robert Damron
  • 589. Jose Maria Olazabal
  • 607. Craig Barlow
  • 623. Todd Hamilton
  • 637. Gavin Coles
  • 638. Edward Loar
  • 644. Scott Dunlap
  • 655. Rich Beem
  • 669. Brian Bateman
  • 670. Frank Lickliter II
  • 671. David Duval
  • 682. Zack Miller
  • 698. Brett Quigley
  • 699. Stephen Gangluff
  • 702. Daniel Summerhays
  • 716. Patrick Sheehan
  • 915. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Charlie Beljan
  • N/R. John Cook
  • N/R. Armando Favela
  • N/R. Oscar Fraustro
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. Brian Harman
  • N/R. John Huh
  • N/R. David Hutsell
  • N/R. Neal Lancaster
  • N/R. Tom Lehman
  • N/R. Jon McLean
  • N/R. Alejandro Munoz
  • N/R. Greg Norman
  • N/R. John Peterson
  • N/R. Nick Price
  • N/R. Oscar Serna
  • N/R. Russell Surber
  • N/R. Esteban Toledo
  • N/R. Jose Trauwitz
  • N/R. Kevin Tway
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