Bobby Jones Bracket
Chalk Says: Rory McIlroy enters the event as the world’s No.1-ranked player and I would guess most people would have him winning this tournament after finishing runner-up in 2012 to Hunter Mahan. Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Dustin Johnson fill out the top four seeds.
Glass Says: I’m going with the hottest hand in this bracket, Charl Schwartzel. The top seed in this event never wins unless his last name is Woods so I’m going with a mild upset in this bracket. Dustin Johnson has lost three of his last four opening round matches and Graeme McDowell has been lightly raced in 2013 so be careful. Watch for Padraig Harrington to knock out McIlroy to face Schwartzel in the bracket final.
Ben Hogan Bracket
Chalk Says: Louis Oosthuizen pipped Justin Rose for the final No. 1 seed after the rankings came out last night. Rose moves to the No. 2 seed here and draws grizzled veteran K.J. Choi in the first round. Yikes. Sergio Garcia is the No. 3 seed and also will have his hands full with Thongchai Jaidee to open. If Keegan Bradley knocks off Marcus Fraser, he’ll have to get through Ernie Els or Fredrik Jacobson in round two.
Glass Says: An absolute train wreck waiting to happen in this bracket as there are plenty of guys who will cause problems. Robert Garrigus loves the desert and I’m going with him to come out of the top portion. Matt Kuchar loves some match play in Marana and has been this close to putting it all together. He’ll have to beat Garcia and Haas to get to Garrigus. He will and he’ll beat Garrigus to win the bracket.
Gary Player Bracket
Chalk Says: Two Words: Tiger Woods. Peter Hanson or Webb Simpson aren’t on the form currently to knock of the three-time winner in this event. Lee Westwood is brewing nicely and should be a factor this week as his game is bubbling. Jason Dufner and 2012 champion Hunter Mahan will give it a go in the bottom half of this bracket.
Glass Says: Two Words: Tiger Woods. He backed up his DQ in the desert with a convincing win at Torrey Pines and there isn’t one player in his half of the bracket who is absolutely hot right now. It’s actually the opposite. In the bottom half, look for the battle of the ball-strikers to meet with Westwood knocking off Mahan for the opportunity to take on Woods, and lose, the Player bracket final.
Sam Snead Bracket
Chalk Says: In my opinion, the toughest bracket of the bunch as the No. 14 seed, David Toms, is ranked No. 71 in the Sagarin Golf Week rankings. Luke Donald’s game sets up perfectly for match play as his short game and putting will drive his opponents crazy. World pros Adam Scott, Ian Poluter and a well-rested Steve Stricker make this group wide open.
Glass Says: Beware of the upsets as Scott and Poulter have struggled recently in this event to get things going. Scott hasn’t won more than two matches in EIGHT consecutive Match-Play appearances. Poulter has been knocked out in the first round in his last two tries after winning the title in 2010. Poulter has had six weeks off heading to Arizona as well. Luke Donald will come out of the top half and have to be sharp to knock off young up-and-comer Thorbjorn Olesen to make the final four.
Final Eight: Charl Schwartzel d. Padraig Harrington; Matt Kuchar d. Robert Garrigus; Tiger Woods d. Lee Westwood; Luke Donald d. Thorbjorn Olesen.
Final Four: Charl Schwartzel d. Matt Kuchar; Tiger Woods d. Luke Donald
Championship Match: Tiger Woods d. Charl Schwartzel
Rookie of the Week Last Week
Sony: Russell Henley WIN
Humana: David Lingmerth P2
Farmers: Brad Fritsch T9
WMPO: James Hahn T16
AT&T: James Hahn T3
NTO: Luke Guthrie T21
SEASON TOTAL: $1,630,800
HTOC: Steve Stricker (2nd; $665,000)
Sony: Charles Howell III (T3; $324,800)
Humana: Tim Clark (MC)
Farmers: Rickie Fowler (T6; $204,350)
WMPO: Jason Dufner (MC)
AT&T Pebble: Hunter Mahan (T16; 94,250)
Northern Trust: Bill Haas (T3; 343,200)
WGC-Match Play: Charl Schwartzel