Golf Does February Madness
I know many people think of watching golf on television as one of the best ways to fall asleep or worse than PBS. But this week on the PGA Tour, the guys are doing a different type of event, an event that is only done once a year. An event that brings cutthroat drama.
Welcome to Match play.
Most events have about 150 golfers, who all get a chance to play the same holes and after four rounds, the person with the lowest score wins the tournament, which can be interesting and fun to watch, but could also be anticlimactic.
This week it’s a bracketed, mano y mano, death match. Each day either you win or you lose.
This week the top 64 ranked golfers in the world go head to head in a “March Madness” bracket. And even though some may not know anything about golfers, it’s still a lot of fun to fill out the brackets, and see how well you do. Also with the Masters coming up, it’s time to start figuring out who has momentum to win that coveted Green Jacket.
This year the first four ranked golfers are from three different countries for the first time in a while.
- United States
The Four Top Seeds:
- Lee Westwood: The No. 1 seed has been a solid threat since his return of changing his swing and losing about five pants sizes. The Englishman has been in the final groupings of major championships at least once a year since 2008. He is a solid ball striker, and great putter. Oh, and he dethroned Tiger Woods at the No. 1 World Ranking, and did it with numerous worldwide wins.
- Martin Kaymer: The young German, seeded at No. 2, may not be the longest driver in the world, but hits a lot of greens and sinks a lot balls, much like those pesky U-boats. He is the reigning PGA Champion, and is a solid opponent in matchplay.
- Tiger Woods: He slipped to No. 3 in the world, and now seeded at No. 3 for the first time in his career. His history in the tournament is quite interesting. It’s almost as if he loses the first round or goes to the final round. He certainly is not what he was two years ago, and has a long way to get back to that level. I wouldn’t pick him to win the whole thing just because he is the only person you know in the brackets. With the way he has been playing he probably isn’t going to get far.
- Phil Mickelson: The No. 4 seed is the winner of last year’s Masters tournament. His game is an interesting one, but a go for broke style typically doesn’t get too far in this format, which Phil demonstrates in every tournament. He has never won this tournament; in fact he usually does pretty poorly in this type of setting. You can’t pull shots off all the time, like he did at 13 on Sunday at Augusta, but Phil will always go for the heroic shot, it’s just in his blood.