Apr 26

2015 WGC Cadillac Match Play Dell Bracket Challenge Picks

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BOBBY JONES BRACKET

Player
Points
Recent Finishes
Comments
Rory’s Foursome Notes:
  • Rory’s foursome is of average difficulty (by the numbers) of the 16 groups, ranking #7 – hardly the pool of death, as some have called it, though the capability of the golfers exceeds how well they’re currently playing.
  • Rory’s eight-some is the hardest of the eight.
  • The Bobby Jones bracket is the 3rd most difficult of the four brackets.
#1 – Rory McIlroy 5.89 (4) Masters
(11) Bay Hill
(9) WGC Cadillac
(MC) Honda
Rory has the 2nd biggest gap between a group leader and the other three players in his group. Let’s face it, Horschel, Snedeker, and Dufner just aren’t playing very well right now.
#18 – Brandt Snedeker 4.24 (26) RBC
(MC) Masters
(13) Bay Hill
(53) Valspar
Sneds has shown the most promise out of the remaining three in this group with a few top 30 finishes in his last three events.
#35 – Billy Horschel 4.06 (48) Zurich
(51) RBC
(MC) Masters
(3) Valero
Fedex Cup champion has cooled in 2015 though he’s got some fight in him.
#53 – Jason Dufner 3.92 (37) RBC
(49) Masters
(MC) Valero
(24) Valspar
Doesn’t look like there’s much hope here for Dufner.
Hideki’s Foursome Notes:
  • Hideki’s group is the 4th hardest, mainly thanks to the recent quality play of Kevin Na.
  • Eight-some is ranked most difficult of all.
  • Bobby Jones bracket is 3rd most difficult.
#16 – Hideki Matsuyama 5.68 (5) Masters
(21) Bay Hill
(23) WGC Cadillac
(4) Northern Trust
Very solid last four events with a nice 6-under par final round at Augusta. Should do well here. Didn’t he beat Na out in a playoff at the Memorial last year?
#20 – Kevin Na 5.47 (12) Masters
(20) Valero
(6) Bay Hill
(10) Valspar
Also playing great, which makes it tough to choose between Matsuyama and Na. That probably means we can’t take either too far into the event.
#52 – Alexander Levy 4.27 (3) Volvo China
(25) Shenzhen
(MC) Trophee Hassan
(MC) Bay Hill
Finally a nice finish in China, but he hasn’t shown that much recently and in a tough group.
#43 – Joost Luiten 3.67 (31) RBC
(MC) Masters
(MC) Shell
(MC) Valspar
Very lackluster recent results. This bracket is tailor-made for Matsuyama and Na.
Dustin’s Foursome Notes:
  • Dustin’s group is the 10th hardest overall out of 16.
  • Dustin’s eight-some is the 6th hardest out of 8.
  • The Bobby Jones bracket is the 3rd hardest out of 4.
#8 – Dustin Johnson 5.48 (43) Zurich
(6) Masters
(6) Valero
(1) WGC Cadillac
While DJ didn’t finish well on Sunday at the Zurich Classic, he’s primed – like Rory – to roll through his group and possible through his round of 16 match before meeting Rory head on. Wouldn’t that be great! Dustin has the 5th biggest gap between himself and the other three players in his group.
#58 – Matt Jones 4.34 (MC) Shell
(26) Valero
(3) Bay Hill
(14) Northern Trust
Cooled off at the Shell but could cause problems here if he gets hot.
#37 – Charl Schwartzel 4.08 (55) RBC
(38) Masters
(42) Shell
(44) WGC Cadillac
Makes cuts but fails to contend. Should be three days and out.
#12 Victor Dubuisson 3.78 (MC) Masters
(17) Shell
(62) WGC Cadillac
(MC) Honda
Showed some life at the Shell, but it will be hard to repeat last year’s feat.
Adam’s Foursome Notes:
  • Adam’s group is the 9th hardest out of 16.
  • Adam’s eight-some is the 6th hardest out of 8.
  • The Bobby Jones bracket is the 3rd hardest out of 4.
#36 – Paul Casey 5.13 (6) Masters
(9) Shell
(MC) Bay Hill
(38) WGC Cadillac
Paul Casey is actually the player with the most momentum in this group, not the higher ranked Adam Scott. This would be an upset special, having the third ranked player beat Adam Scott and Chris Kirk to make it to the sweet 16.
#9 – Adam Scott 4.88 (38) Masters
(35) Bay Hill
(MC) Valspar
(4) WGC Cadillac
Adam has been shaky, at best, so far this year. Would surprise us if he found a hot putter and went deep into the weekend.
#25 – Chris Kirk 4.29 (69) RBC
(33) Masters
(8) Valero
(MC) Bay Hill
Spotty performance recently, so hard to trust in a winner take all format.
#64 – Francesco Molinari 3.61 (57) Shell
(MC) Valero
(17) Bay Hill
(40) Valspar
Very little to be excited about with Molinari this week, but he’s a grinder.



BEN HOGAN BRACKET

Player
Points
Recent Finishes
Comments
Bubba’s Foursome Notes:
  • Bubba has the 3rd toughest group with Keegan and Louis both playing well currently.
  • Bubba’s eight-some gets much easier ranking 7th hardest of 8.
  • The Ben Hogan bracket is the easiest of the four brackets.
#4 – Bubba Watson 5.31 (29) Shenzhen
(38) Masters
(3) WGC Cadillac
(14) Northern Trust
#29 – Louis Oosthuizen 5.21 (7) RBC
(19) Masters
(MC) Shell
(9) Bay Hill
#33 – Keegan Bradley 5.10 (22) Zurich
(22) Masters
(5) Shell
(49) Bay Hill
#63 – Miguel Jimenez 3.54 (MC) Masters
(45) Indian Hero
(7) True Thailand
(42) Malaysian
Rickie’s Foursome Notes:
  • Rickie’s group is the worst of all 16 groups, but he’s got one of the smallest margins between a group leader and the other three players, so it’s not pretty all around.
  • Eight-some is ranked 7th most difficult of 8, weighed down by this group.
  • The Ben Hogan bracket is 4th most difficult.
#13 – Rickie Fowler 4.63 (MC) Zurich
(12) Masters
(71) Shell
(29) Bay Hill
#55 – Harris English 4.08 (MC) Zurich
(30) Valero
(29) Bay Hill
(10) Valspar
#32 – Graeme McDowell 4.03 (26) RBC
(52) Masters
(MC) Valero
(MC) Bay Hill
#47 – Shane Lowry 3.42 (MC) Masters
(58) Valero
(MC) Bay Hill
(17) WGC Cadillac
Jim’s Foursome Notes:
  • Jim’s group is the 2nd easiest overall out of 16.
  • Jim’s eight-some is the easiest out of 8.
  • The Ben Hogan bracket is the easiest out of 4.
#5 – Jim Furyk 4.72 (1) RBC
(MC) Masters
(58) Valero
(40) Valspar
#59 – George Coetzee 4.56 (3) Trophee Hassan
(1) Tshwane Open
(MC) Africa Open
(24) Joburg Open
#44 – Thongchai Jaidee 3.65 (MC) RBC
(55) Masters
(69) WGC Cadillac
(2) True Thailand
#17 – Martin Kaymer 3.26 (MC) Masters
(MC) Shell
(MC) Valero
(31) WGC Cadillac
J.B.’s Foursome Notes:
  • J.B.’s group is the 13th hardest out of 16.
  • J.B.’s eight-some is the easiest out of 8.
  • The Ben Hogan bracket is the easiest out of 4.
#12 – J.B. Holmes 4.48 (MC) Masters
(1) Shell
(MC) Bay Hill
(2) WGC Cadillac
#45 – Russell Henley 4.33 (MC) RBC
(21) Masters
(4) Shell
(49) Bay Hill
#19 – Brooks Koepka 4.29 (33) Masters
(MC) Bay Hill
(17) WGC Cadillac
(51) Honda
#51 – Marc Warren 4.13 (MC) Zurich
(35) Valero
(17) WGC Cadillac
(25) True Thailand



GARY PLAYER BRACKET

Player
Points
Recent Finishes
Comments
Jordan’s Foursome Notes:
  • Jordan has the 5th toughest group of 16.
  • Jordan’s eight-some is the 4th hardest out of 8.
  • The Gary Player bracket is the 2nd hardest of the four brackets.
#2 – Jordan Spieth 6.21 (11) RBC
(1) Masters
(2) Shell
(2) Valero
#40 – Matt Every 4.51 (18) RBC
(MC) Masters
(35) Valero
(1) Bay Hill
#26 – Lee Westwood 4.23 (46) Masters
(MC) Shell
(17) Valspar
(12) WGC Cadillac
#62 – Mikko Ilonen 4.05 (18) Volvo China
(MC) Masters
(MC) Shell
(23) WGC Cadillac
Patrick’s Foursome Notes:
  • Patrick’s group is the 11th hardest of all 16 groups.
  • Eight-some is ranked 4th most difficult of 8.
  • The Gary Player bracket is 2nd most difficult.
#28 – Ryan Moore 5.18 (12) Masters
(57) Shell
(5) Valspar
(9) WGC Cadillac
#15 – Patrick Reed 4.78 (MC) RBC
(22) Masters
(17) Shell
(2) Valspar
#48 – Danny Willett 4.42 (38) Masters
(MC) Shell
(29) Bay Hill
(12) WGC Cadillac
#57 – Andy Sullivan 3.24 (54) Shenzhen
(MC) Tshwane Open
(MC) Africa Open
(1) Joburg Open
Jason’s Foursome Notes:
  • Jason’s group is the 2nd most difficult overall out of 16.
  • Jason’s eight-some is the 3rd most difficult of 8.
  • The Gary Player bracket is the 2nd most difficult out of 4.
#7 – Jason Day 5.56 (4) Zurich
(28) Masters
(17) Bay Hill
(31) WGC Cadillac
#24 – Zach Johnson 4.76 (MC) RBC
(9) Masters
(20) Valero
(9) Bay Hill
#49 – Charley Hoffman 4.68 (64) RBC
(9) Masters
(11) Shell
(11) Valero
#38 – Branden Grace 4.33 (7) RBC
(MC) Masters
(30) Valero
(62) Bay Hill
Sergio’s Foursome Notes:
  • Sergio’s group is the 12th hardest out of 16.
  • Sergio’s eight-some is the 3rd hardest out of 8.
  • The Gary Player bracket is the 2nd hardest out of 4.
#10 – Sergio Garcia 5.18 (17) Masters
(37) Shell
(31) WGC Cadillac
(31) Honda
#39 – Bernd Wiesberger 4.50 (33) Zurich
(22) Masters
(MC) Bay Hill
(31) WGC Cadillac
#54 – Tommy Fleetwood 4.15 (MC) Volvo China
(3) Shenzhen
(17) Trophee Hassan
(71) WGC Cadillac
#30 – Jamie Donaldson 3.75 (MC) Zurich
(33) Masters
(MC) Shell
(MC) Valspar



SAM SNEAD BRACKET

Player
Points
Recent Finishes
Comments
Henrik’s Foursome Notes:
  • Henrik has the toughest group with Bill Haas and Brendon Todd both playing well currently.
  • Henrik’s eight-some ranks 5th hardest of 8.
  • The Sam Snead bracket is the hardest of the four brackets.
#3 – Henrik Stenson 6.15 (19) Masters
(2) Bay Hill
(4) Valspar
(4) WGC Cadillac
#23 – Bill Haas 5.11 (31) RBC
(12) Masters
(MC) Shell
(7) WGC Cadillac
#42 – Brendon Todd 4.71 (4) RBC
(MC) Masters
(30) Valero
(24) Valspar
#60 – John Senden 3.46 (MC) Zurich
(38) Masters
(MC) Valero
(MC) Bay Hill
Matt’s Foursome Notes:
  • Matt’s group is 3rd easiest of all 16 groups.
  • Eight-some is ranked 5th most difficult of 8, weighed down by this group.
  • The Sam Snead bracket is the most difficult.
#14 – Matt Kuchar 5.14 (5) RBC
(46) Masters
(70) Shell
(15) Valero
#31 – Hunter Mahan 4.74 (9) Masters
(25) Shell
(57) Bay Hill
(65) WGC Cadillac





#61 – Ben Martin 4.17 (37) RBC
(MC) Masters
(5) Bay Hill
(31) Honda
#41 – Stephen Gallacher 3.06 (MC) Masters
(66) WGC Cadillac
(41) Honda
(60) Malaysian
Justin’s Foursome Notes:
  • Justin’s group is the 8th most difficult overall out of 16.
  • Justin’s eight-some is the 2nd most difficult out of 8.
  • The Sam Snead bracket is the hardest out of 4.
#6 – Justin Rose 5.59 (1) Zurich
(2) Masters
(37) Shell
(MC) Valspar
#22 – Ryan Palmer 5.21 (33) Masters
(6) Valero
(12) WGC Cadillac
(25) Honda
#56 – Marc Leishman 3.67 (28) Zurich
(MC) Bay Hill
(MC) Valspar
(51) Honda
#34 – Anirban Lahiri 3.61 (44) RBC
(49) Masters
(MC) Shell
(71) WGC Cadillac
Jimmy’s Foursome Notes:
  • Jimmy’s group is the 6th hardest out of 16.
  • Jimmy’s eight-some is the 2nd hardest out of 8.
  • The Sam Snead bracket is the most difficult out of 4.
#27 – Ian Poulter 5.42 (18) RBC
(6) Masters
(21) Bay Hill
(24) Valspar
#11 – Jimmy Walker 5.28 (38) Masters
(1) Valero
(31) WGC Cadillac
(41) Northern Trust
#46 – Webb Simpson 4.42 (51) RBC
(28) Masters
(43) Bay Hill
(7) WGC Cadillac
#50 – Gary Woodland 3.87 (MC) Masters
(26) Valero
(21) Bay Hill
(MC) Valspar


THE FINAL 16

Sweet 16:
  • McIlroy defeats Matsuyama
  • D. Johnson defeats Casey
  • Oosthuizen defeats Fowler
  • Furyk defeats Henley
  • Spieth defeats Moore
  • Day defeats Garcia
  • Kuchar defeats Stenson
  • Rose defeats Poulter
Elite 8:
  • D. Johnson defeats McIlroy
  • Furyk defeats Oosthuizen
  • Spieth defeats Day
  • Rose defeats Kuchar
Final 4:
  • D. Johnson defeats Furyk
  • Spieth defeats Rose
Championship:
  • Spieth defeats D. Johnson



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