Match Play picks (cont.)

Tuesday February 20th, 2007

Jones Division
First Round
1. Tiger Woodsvs.16. J.J. Henry
Prediction: WOODS
The scrappy Henry will hang tough but in the end Tiger's short game is the difference.
8. Tim Clarkvs.9. Robert Allenby
Prediction: ALLENBY
With little rough and two drivable par-fours, The Gallery gives a big advantage to long hitters, and Clark, won't be able to keep up.
4. Nick O'Hernvs.13. Lucas Glover
Prediction: GLOVER
It's time for the kid to start justifying all the praise heaped on him by the cagey veterans he has befriended.
5. David Howellvs.12. Rory Sabbatini
Prediction: SABBATINI
Long-hitting Sabbs is the kind of bulldog you hate to play, but Howell's flammable putter will make this one of the best first-round bouts.
2. Luke Donaldvs.15. Miguel A. Jimenez
Prediction: DONALD
A battle of premiere iron players goes to the young gun.
7. Shingo Katayamavs.10. Aaron Baddeley
Prediction: BADDELEY
He hits it long, makes everything on the greens and is soaring with confidence after winning in Phoenix.
3. Henrik Stensonvs.14. Zach Johnson
Prediction: STENSON
I love Johnson's fight and short-game, but Stenson's power will be the difference in this intriguing matchup.
6. K.J. Choivs.11. Carl Pettersson
Prediction: CHOI
Great pairing of big-bodied bombers goes to Choi, who is more on-form.
Second Round
1. Tiger Woodsvs.9. Robert Allenby
Prediction: ALLENBY
Allenby's 8-0 worldwide playoff record is testament to his guts, and as one of Woods's pals, he's not intimidated by the great man.
13. Lucas Glovervs.12. Rory Sabbatini
Prediction: SABBATINI
He's a momentum player, and after a tough win over Howell he'll be off and running.
2. Luke Donaldvs.10. Aaron Baddeley
Prediction: BADDELEY
A great matchup of young talents. The only weakness in Donald's game is an inconsistent putter, and Badds will break his heart on the greens.
3. Henrik Stensonvs.6. K.J. Choi
Prediction: STENSON
The young Swede has too much game and too much confidence for Choi to overcome.
Third Round
9. Robert Allenbyvs.12. Rory Sabbatini
Prediction: ALLENBY
Still flying high after downing Woods, he'll keep it going for at least one more day.
10. Aaron Baddeleyvs.2. Henrik Stenson
Prediction: BADDELEY
This has the look of a sudden death thriller. By now smoke is coming off of Baddeley's putter.
Jones Division Final
9. Robert Allenbyvs.10. Aaron Baddeley
Prediction: BADDELEY
In a showdown between the past and present of Australian golf, the young Jedi prevails, as Allenby finally runs out of magic.

Match Play Continued

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