With the first round of Saturday matches starting to come to an end at the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship, the round of eight is beginning to take shape. While there may not the big names that many expected to still be in contention, it certainly doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot of great golf yet to be played.
The final two golfers left in the Ben Hogan bracket are Robert Garrigus and Matt Kuchar. Garrigus took down Fredrik Jacobson in the round of 16 after defeating the top ranked golfer in the division, Louis Oosthuizen in the prior round. Garrigus dispatched Jacobson three and one with relative ease, having led the entire match except for one hole where the match was all square.
Garrigus will face Kuchar, who has played well for all three of his rounds, in the round of eight. Kuchar took down Nicolas Colsaerts after having beaten Hiroyuki Fujita and Sergio Garcia in his first two matches.
I have to imagine Kuchar coming out on top of this match. Because he has played in only a few events so far this year, he will have the stamina to last another 18 holes later today. He’s also been playing very well this week and has the game to maximize opportunities on this course, and in the match play format. Neither golfer has had to play a full eighteen holes thus far, but I think this match could very well come down to the wire.