Match Play picks (cont.)

Tuesday February 20th, 2007
Jones Division
First Round
1. Tiger Woods vs. 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 Clark vs. 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'Hern vs. 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 Howell vs. 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 Donald vs. 15. Miguel A. Jimenez
Prediction: DONALD
A battle of premiere iron players goes to the young gun.
7. Shingo Katayama vs. 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 Stenson vs. 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. Choi vs. 11. Carl Pettersson
Prediction: CHOI
Great pairing of big-bodied bombers goes to Choi, who is more on-form.
Second Round
1. Tiger Woods vs. 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 Glover vs. 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 Donald vs. 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 Stenson vs. 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 Allenby vs. 12. Rory Sabbatini
Prediction: ALLENBY
Still flying high after downing Woods, he'll keep it going for at least one more day.
10. Aaron Baddeley vs. 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 Allenby vs. 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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