The unique 64-player WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play area at Austin Nation Membership has been pared right down to 16 — and it’ll solely get smaller from right here. Of the eight matches teeing off on Saturday morning, listed here are our picks for the three that would be the most fun.
1. Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is red-hot this season. He has six top-ten finishes, together with a win on the Gamers Championship. He’s firing on all cylinders this week too, profitable all three of his group-stage matches.
Woods’s file isn’t fairly as sharp as McIlroy’s this season, with only one top-ten end, however he did claw his manner by means of the group stage in memorable trend, profitable his Friday match towards Patrick Cantlay.
The showdown between McIlroy and Woods is definitely essentially the most thrilling matchup of the weekend, and we are able to’t wait to observe. The duo tees off at 9:30 a.m. ET.
2. Francesco Molinari vs. Paul Casey
Group Europe’s Ryder Cup hero, Francesco Molinari, is trying each bit as sharp this week as he did final September, going Three-Zero-Zero towards group members Satoshi Kodaira, Thorbjorn Olesen and Webb Simpson.
Englishman Paul Casey is at the moment using the crest of a scorching streak, profitable final week’s Valspar Championship and going 2-Zero-1 towards Abraham Ancer, Charles Howell III and Cameron Smith. The 2 Euros are positive to have a superb battle, and can start their match at eight:57 a.m. ET.
Three. Sergio Garcia vs. Branden Grace
Garcia has lengthy been a match-play favourite, and though he misplaced one among his three matches this week (Friday’s match towards Patrick Reed), his first two wins had been sufficient to get him by means of the group stage into the Spherical of 16 — by a half level over Reed and Shane Lowry.
Grace, alternatively, breezed by means of the group stage undefeated, beating Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson and Chez Reavie. His finest end this season was runner-up on the Waste Administration Phoenix Open. The 2 gamers tee off at 9:52 a.m. ET.
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