Mar 4th, 2014 by Jeff Palopoli
The 2014 WGC Accenture Matchplay has just teed-off at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.
With the majority of the top players in the world teeing it up this week we’re sure to see some great match ups and exciting finishes. This is a great tournament to watch as the season starts to gather some momentum ahead of the upcoming majors.
Any WGC title is one of golf’s most coveted titles and apart from the draw for the majors, the WGC-Accenture World MatchPlay Championship is one everyone pays close attention to, as it can often prove a precursor to a players form, should they wish to partake, that is.
The 2014 edition is sure to be exciting judging by some of the first round match ups.
Northern Irish prodigy Rory McIlroy versus British favourite Lee Westwood is one that stands out as a potential for some real fireworks to fly should they breeze through their first round matchups as heavily predicted in the golf betting odds. Nothing is taken for granted, however, as the volatile format for the tournament has shown in recent years, with plenty of shocking first-round exits.
In the pick of today’s ties, McIlroy faces US veteran Boo Weekly, while Westwood faces an even tougher task versus a rising star in Harris English.
In the interests of leaving the prediction side of things to the experts, BetBright have a pretty cool World Matchplay betting preview over on their blog, well worth a read as we reckon their calling of the markets seems pretty accurate!
2010 champion, Ian Poulter is also in this section of the draw and has just got the tournament underway at 7:25am, against a crowd favorite Rickie Fowler.
The winner of that tie will meet the winner of the intriguing match-up between in-form Jimmy Walker and Richard Sterne.
Who do you think can go all the way to claim this year’s title? The smart money may be on McIlroy, but with Jason Day and Jimmy Walker in their current form and last year’s champion Matt Kuchar always a threat on this track, this tournament is always full of surprises.
I live in New England, and so far this year we’ve seen more than our fair share of a healthy dosing of the white fluffy stuff. Each week seems to bring with it another snow storm, and I can’t help but feel that we’ll be digging out from a deep cover of snow for many weeks to come. But before we know it, Spring will be in the air and many of us who have been itching to hit the links all winter, will be taking to the course to shake the rust off. However, the Spring weather in New England is about as unpredictable as it comes and you can never be too prepared for any kind of weather that may come our way. Every now and then we may get an early taste of Summer with some warm temperatures, but usually the mercury doesn’t get much out of the low 50′s until we get in to mid May. When the weather is that chilly (or even chillier!) a golfer shouldn’t be caught without a warm, winter golf jumper in his golf bag. Having something like that in your bag is key for those days when you may pull it off and on a number of times depending the time of day.
A nice, stylish and warm pullover from someone like FootJoy, Nike, or Adidas will always keep you looking good on those chilly days on the course, especially when layered over a spring golf polo shirt. And we all know that any golfer can never have too many polo shirts in his closet. My wife swears she’ll divorce me if I come home with any more golf shirts, but I think that’s a risk I’m willing to take.
A great pick for a stylish pullover is the Adidas Golf ClimaWarm+ Blocked 1/2 Zip Layering Top. Made with an elastane fabric which is great for playability and comfort, it also helps to maintain your body heat without adding any needless bulk or restricting your golf swing. Which is something I’ve always struggled with when layering up for cold weather golf.
For me golf season is only about another month away, I’m already starting to make sure I’m well equipped to deal with the elements, while also looking great on the course. Looks like I’ll be testing my wife’s limits and will find out if she’s serious or not. Wish me luck.
It’s that time of year again when things generally start to get hot – and our thoughts gradually turn to Augusta, as they do every year, and the endless discussions about who’ll be donning the next green jacket.
This year, the speculation is probably greater than it’s been for a very long time. That’s because of the Tiger factor, as ever. To put it simply, if Tiger Woods is ever going to equal the great Jack Nicklaus’s all time record of 18 Majors wins, then he’d better be getting on with it. Woods currently has 14 majors under his belt, including four Masters wins – and the Masters is undoubtedly his best shot and probably his favorite of the four.
This is reflected in the odds. After his much publicised problems off the course, which inevitably caused huge problems on it, the Tiger has clawed his way back to the top of the world rankings and is a short-priced favorite to win his first Masters since 2005.
But while it would be no huge surprise to see him win in Augusta, there is surely better value elsewhere for those of us who enjoy a small punt on the golf?
With Betfair, for example, the “nearly man” Lee Westwood is better than 40-1. Westwood has come so close so many times, finishing second in 2010 – and will be determined to go one better. He’s also capable of winning despite the fact that he has not yet won a Major.
Or how about a really longshot in the shape of everyone’s favourite Argentinian Ángel Cabrera, currently around 80-1? Cabrera won here five years ago and at 44 is young enough to win again. He led on the final day last year before making a couple of mistakes to then tie for the lead and ultimately lose the play-off to Adam Scott. But 80-1 certainly doesn’t reflect his chances of winning this year.
Whatever happens – it will, as always, be a fantastic week of golf.
If you’ve played golf long enough you’ve probably experienced just about every golfer stereotype out there. I’m pretty sure I have in my 25 years of playing the game. There’s the “blame it on everything but myself” guy. Then there’s the “constant cell phone talker guy”. And who could forget the “I have all the latest gear and apparel, but my game sucks” guy?
It’s one thing if one of your regular playing partners/buddies falls in to any of those categories, because you can feel free to give him a healthy dose of trash talk. But it’s when you get stuck with some of these types of guys in your foursome. That will certainly make for a very long day, and we’ve all been there. It can seriously ruin your round and your day. Perhaps I’m too sensitive to that though and need to instead find the humor in it.
There’s a new quiz online made by Golfplan that is trying to identify the true personalities behind the world’s golfers. It’s a fun quiz and only takes a couple of minutes to go through. If you’re wondering… I’m classified as a “Patient Putter”, which made me laugh because “patient” is a word that has never been used to describe me in any manner. Certainly not on the golf course!