WGC Accenture Match Play 3rd Round – Ben Hogan Bracket

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Martin KaymerThe first two rounds of the WGC Accenture Match Play has brought about a number of shocks with a host of top seeds falling like flies. Reigning champion Luke Donald’s first round exit to the No.64 seed Ernie Els, was perhaps one of the standout results of the first two days; however we have also seen Korean Sang-Moon Bae dismiss past champion Ian Poulter and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel en-route to this stage (Sang-Moon Bae 25/1 to win) and the oldest man in the field Miguel Angel-Jimenez beat countryman Sergio Garcia and last year’s USPA champion, Keegan Bradley (Miguel Angel-Jimenez 28/1 to win).

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The Ben Hogan bracket is one which has produced the fewest surprises in relation to the rest of the draw. The four players remaining make up the top six seeds in this quarter and also consist of two of last year’s semi-finalists, showing exactly how strong this side of the tournament is.

Martin Kaymer v Matt Kuchar

Former world No.1, Martin Kaymer, will take his 9-4 Match Play record up against Matt Kuchar and his impressive 8-2 record in this event (Martin Kaymer 8/11 to beat Matt Kuchar). Kaymer has not trailed after any of his 34 holes so far this week, but then again Kuchar can boast to have the same record, so something has to give when these two meet on Friday. Kuchar was a losing semi-finalist last year, whilst Kaymer went one better and reached the final, before losing to Luke Donald. He will be intent on going even better this year and winning the whole tournament.

Steve Stricker v Hunter Mahan

This all-American affair between two almost certain Ryder Cup players is set to be another close tussle in a repeat of their 2008 second round match where Stricker prevailed after 20 holes. Hunter Mahan has arguably played the more impressive golf of the two so far this week, firing seven birdies in 15 holes to dispatch Y.E Yang on Thursday 5&3 (Hunter Mahan 10/11 to beat Steve Stricker). However, Steve Stricker is one of the most consistent players on tour and if Mahan has an off day you can count on the experienced Stricker to capitalise.

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