By Alan Shipnuck
February 20, 2007
Snead Division
First Round
1. Adam Scott vs. 16. Shaun Micheel
Prediction: SCOTT
Noted Tiger-slayer Micheel will put up a fight, but Scott is playing with too much confidence to go down so early.
8. Y.E. Yang vs. 9. Rod Pampling
Prediction: YANG
A prolific winner on the Asian tour will open some eyes by dusting the reigning Bay Hill champ.
4. Paul Casey vs. 13. Mike Weir
Prediction: CASEY
Even if Weir wasn't struggling with swing changes, the flammable Englishman would be the pick.
5. Colin Montgomerie vs. 12. Johan Edfors
Prediction: EDFORS
On paper, Monty should win this going away. Of course, on paper Monty should do a lot of things that he doesn't do on grass.
2. Retief Goosen vs. 15. Scott Verplank
Prediction: VERPLANK
Goosen has a strong record here, but Verplank is the prototype match play pit bull: straight, great putter, fierce competitor.
7. Joe Durant vs. 10. Niclas Fasth
Prediction: DURANT
Joe D. is a GNR machine and his ballstriking will be the difference.
3. Geoff Ogilvy vs. 14. Steve Stricker
Prediction: OGILVY
Defending champ is eager to build on last year's breakthrough, but Stricker will fight to the end in an intriguing matchup.
6. Jose Maria Olazabal vs. 11. Paul Goydos
Prediction: OLAZABAL
Yes, the great man's once bulletproof putting can now be shaky, but Olley's heart and vast Ryder Cup experience will carry him.
Second Round
1. Adam Scott vs. 8. Y.E. Yang
Prediction: SCOTT
He simply has too much game to get yinged by Yang.
4. Paul Casey vs. 12. Johan Edfors
Prediction: CASEY
His dominant win at last year's HSBC World Match Play Championship and stellar Ryder Cup make Casey the guy to beat this week.
15. Scott Verplank vs. 7. Joe Durant
Prediction: VERPLANK
Yeah, Lehman should have played him more at last year's Ryder Cup.
3. Geoff Ogilvy vs. 6. Jose Maria Olazabal
Prediction: OGILVY
Is this dude relaxed or what? Last night I saw him pull into the hotel in flip-flops, camouflage shorts and about six-days worth of stubble.
Third Round
1. Adam Scott vs. 4. Paul Casey
Prediction: CASEY
Tremendous matchup of young talent goes to Casey, who is as long and straight as Scott but much better on the greens.
15. Scott Verplank vs. 3. Geoff Ogilvy
Prediction: OGILVY
Verplank finally runs into a guy he can't out-grind.
Snead Division Final
4. Paul Casey vs. 3. Geoff Ogilvy
Prediction: CASEY
In a shootout for the ages, Casey narrowly downs a game opponent.

Match Play Continued

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