Fantasy Golf Rankings For 2014 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship
Top 20 Fantasy Golfers
Tournament: World Golf Championship - Accenture Match Play
Location: Golf Club at Dove Mountain – Marana, Arizona
Date: February, 19-23, 2014
Past Winners: Matt Kuchar (2013), Hunter Mahan (2012), Luke Donald (2011), Ian Poulter (2010), Geoff Ogilvy (2009), Tiger Woods (2008), Henrik Stenson (2007), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), David Toms (2005), Tiger Woods (2004), Tiger Woods (2003), Kevin Sutherland (2002), Steve Stricker (2001), Darren Clarke (2000), Jeff Maggert (1999)
The WGC Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the best tournaments for us fantasy golf fans. It allows to participate in a NCAA March Madness-style bracket that revolves strictly around the golf.
The tournament may be missing a couple big names (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott), but there are plenty of other stars heading to the desert this week to make it interesting.
So for those of you filling out your bracket and simply drafting a head-to-head team this week, here are the top-20 fantasy golfers for the 2014 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.
20. Bill Haas (#7 Ben Hogan Division)
Bill Haas - Haas has started the season off rather slowly and hasn't cracked the top-20 in three consecutive tournaments. He will likely reach the second round, but don't expect him to do more than that.
19. Ian Poulter (#3 Ben Hogan Division)
Ian Poulter – Poulter has an overall 22-11 record in Accenture match play and won it all back in 2011. However, a tough opening matchup with Rickie Fowler and a potential second round faceoff with Jimmy Walker doesn’t bode well for Poulter this time around.
18. Zach Johnson (#1 Sam Snead Division)
Zach Johnson – Johnson has been knocked out in the first round in six of his nine appearances, but he should easily get past Richard Sterne this year. Unfortunately, ZJ faces will likely draw Hunter Mahan in the second round, which would almost guarantee an early trip home. So much for that number one spot.
17. Brandt Snedeker (#4 Bobby Jones Division)
Brandt Sendeker – Sneeds has a tough potential matchup in the second round against Webb Simpson and it will greatly hinder his long-term fantasy value in this tournament.
16. Jason Dufner (#4 Gary Player Division)
Jason Dufner – Dufner has never been a notoriously strong option in match play and he likely won't get past the second round. If you are looking for a mid-seed sleeper, Dufner may not be worth reaching for.
15. Matt Kuchar (#2 Gary Player Division)
Matt Kuchar – Kuchar is the defending champ here and has shockingly finished 15-3 in his last four appearances. He has a very tough road ahead of him to the finals, though, mainly Jordan Spieth. Look for Kuchar to be sent home much earlier this year.
14. Charl Schwartzel (#4 Ben Hogan Division)
Charl Schwartzel - Schwartzel is another underrated golfer with an easy road to the final 16. He may eventually have to run into Rory McIlroy, but he will be a decent fantasy option up until that point.
13. Luke Donald (#5 Gary Player Division)
Luke Donald – Donald will likely face Jason Dufner in the second round, but I’ll give the Englishman the nod simply based on experience. Donald is a great sleeper to reach the top-16 at Dove Mountain.
12. Bubba Watson (#3 Sam Snead Division)
Bubba Watson – Watson is 3-0 in the opening round at Dove Mountain. He has a tough second round matchup against Keegan Bradley, but Watson should be able to hold off Keegs to reach the third round.
11. Webb Simpson (#5 Bobby Jones Division)
Webb Simpson – Simpson reached the quarterfinals in 2013, but he could potentially draw Brandt Snedeker (#4) and Henrik Stenson (#1) in the Bobby Jones division this year. I think Simpson has a good chance to get past Sneeds, but a potential matchup with Stenson means that Simpson's winning streak could be short-lived.
10. Jason Day (#2 Sam Snead Division)
Jason Day – Day enters the Accenture with two top-10 appearances on the year. He is a dark horse in the Bobby Jones division and has a surprisingly smooth road to the final eight.
9. Henrik Stenson (#1 Bobby Jones Division)
Henrik Stenson – Stenson won this tourney back in 2007 and will be a popular pick due to his number one ranking in the Bobby Jones division. He will have some tough opponents on his way to the semifinals, though.
8. Jimmy Walker (#6 Ben Hogan Division)
Jimmy Walker – Walker continues to surprise week after week, as the veteran has already won three tourneys this year. He may just a six seed, but expect him to easily get past the first round.
7. Sergio Garcia (#2 Ben Hogan Division)
Sergio Garcia – Garcia always turns it up during match play. He may not be in his prime, but he will do some damage with a promising number two seed in the Hogan division.
6. Jordan Spieth (#3 Gary Player Division)
Jordan Spieth – This will be Spieth’s first appearance at Dove Mountain, but his amazing short game will keep him close in any match. Look for him to easily get past the first two rounds in his Accenture debut.
5. Dustin Johnson (#2 Sam Snead Division)
Dustin Johnson – Johnson is one of the best heavy-hitters on the tour, as he is currently averaging 303.3 yards per drive. He enters match play with four top-10 finishes in his five appearances this year and will benefit from a favorable schedule at the bottom of the Snead division.
4. Steve Stricker (#3 Bobby Jones Division)
Steve Stricker – Stricker has rather light competition to the final eight, as his only true threat is Jason Day in the third round. Stricker will be worth grabbing after the big names come off the board and the veteran has a shot to go pretty far this week.
3. Rory McIlroy (#1 Ben Hogan Division)
Rory McIlroy – After a disastrous 2013 campaign, McIlroy has finally started to heat up. He has finished inside the top-11 in all four of his worldwide tournament appearances this year and no one is more due for a win than Rory.
2. Hunter Mahan (#8 Sam Snead Division)
Hunter Mahan – Mahan is 13-2 in his last three trips to Dove Mountain. He seems to play his best golf in match play and will be one of the safest picks in the field.
1. Justin Rose (#1 Gary Player Division)
Justin Rose – Rose isn’t getting much attention this week, despite his number one rankings in the Gary Player division. However, JR has some easy matchups in the first two rounds and seems to be a shoe-in for the quarterfinals.