Match play at the professional level is pretty much impossible to predict. Why? The players are all so good in the pro game that the difference between Rory McIlroy and George Coetzee over one 18-hole sample is pretty much non-existent. Just like we see every March with the NCAA Tournament, upsets happen at a pretty regular rate in the WGC-Match Play, but unlike March Madness, the top seeds in the match play seem to get dumped early with regularity. None of the number one seeds in the last two years have advanced past the second round, with three of them going home after just one match.
This won’t be the case in 2015 though, as the event has a new sponsor in Cadillac, a new spot in the schedule and thankfully, a new course as Harding Park is taking over from Jack Nicklaus’ Dove Mountain, a course known for tricked out greens and snow delays in February.
Punch Shots is a collection of stories that I didn’t get around to earlier or didn’t fit into another article. I’ll give a link to a larger story and have some quick thoughts below.
The last Punch Shots: Lee Trevino on Phil, Lydia Ko and Butch would help Tiger
Sports fans love to debate. Check any message board or Reddit thread and you’ll see that somewhere, people are having an argument over why their team is better than someone else’s or why Miguel Cabrera is better than Mike Trout (he’s not), or even why their favourite sport is superior to someone else’s, as if there’s some kind of definitive ranking that needs to be picked apart. The reason that shows like Pardon the Interruption and First Take exist is because the formula just works. Even if the organized debate doesn’t always come across as genuine as the conversations you’ll see on Twitter, it’s so easy to put two people in front of a camera and have them discuss the merits of James Harden versus Steph Curry for the MVP.
Kevin Streelman won the 2015 Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, defeating Camilo Villegas in a three hole playoff. As usual, there was a lot of fun to be had on the day, with legends, kids and players all taking part in the festivities. The best GIFs and videos from the day are below.
It’s been an insanely good start to 2015 for golf, and as a result, we’ve seen more storylines emerge for the first major of the year than I can remember and that was even before Tiger committed to the event and Phil remembered how to play.
So, I decided to take a look at the best possible winning storylines for this week, not in terms of who has the best chance to win, but who would create the best story. The only caveat to the list is that it has to seem at least partially realistic that the player could win the tournament, so you won’t see Ben Crenshaw make an appearance.
Below are my picks for the top fifteen winning storylines for the 2015 Masters Tournament.