Friday, February 22, 2008

Match Play: It's Craaaaazzyyy!

I have talked several times about the very volatile nature of match play since you are playing relative to your opponent. Many times, you can win the match with a wide array of scores. There is no "magic number" to win a match, unlike in medal play where shooting a particular number can usually yield predictable results. Case in point - Phil Mickelson lost his match with Stuart Appleby yesterday without making a single bogey.

Phil Mickelson never made a bogey. And lost. Phil Mickelson was 7 under par. And got beat.

"Unfortunately," said Mickelson, second in the world rankings, second in the seedings, "I just didn't shoot low enough."

Appleby did. He was 9 under par. With nine birdies.


As K.J. Choi, who was 2-over the last 12 holes, had only two birdies the entire match and got past Ian Poulter, 1 up, when Poulter bogeyed the first extra hole.

God, I love match play.

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