Arnold Palmer Invitational
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|CLV||Henrik Stenson (T3)||Zach Johnson (5)||Charles Howell III (T46)||Camilo Villegas (T55)|
|PAR||Justin Rose (T9)||Matt Kuchar (MC)||Ian Poulter (T46)||Matt Every (MC)|
|Best Finish||Jason Day (1)||Zach Johnson (5)||Kevin Chappell (2)||Derek Fathauer (T12)|
It was probably inevitable, but Jason Day has found his way to the top of the leaderboard for the first time in 2016. I prematurely picked him at Doral, where he didn’t play particularly well, but still managed a top 20 in the smaller field. He couldn’t convert on Sunday, but Henrik Stenson finally got me a nice finish and a league victory after several slumping weeks in a row. Justin Rose and his oversized sunglasses quietly put up a Top 10 to keep PAR competitive. I hope he keeps his form this week…
Zach Johnson is another player who finally showed up for 2016, just in time for my pick. Will he be a factor at Augusta?
In Group 4 news, Matt Every is no longer the defending champ at Bay Hill after two years. It sounds like Every is battling some issues, but Bay Hill has been his only real claim to fame. Will we hear from him ever again now that he is no longer defending champ? The best that Group 4 could muster last week was a T12, and I’m not even sure how to pronounce Fathauer. Thankfully there is no Group 4 this week.
WGC – Dell Match Play
Thanks to the Olympics this year, the match play is finally taking place in March. On the downside, the bracket was changed last year to a pool play format to keep some of the stars around for more than just one day. This results in some completely inconsequential matches on Friday. While this also reduces the chances of major upsets in the bracket, you can almost certainly count on your match play being worse than your March Madness bracket is right now:
Yale? I’m done with this. #MarchMadness
Time to move on to more important things pic.twitter.com/ExKC2UXyfv
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) March 17, 2016
One major positive of this year’s match play is yet another new venue, and one that we definitely haven’t seen before in Austin Country Club, a Pete Dye course and home club of the lengendary Harvey Penick. This one is getting full DVR coverage just for checking out the course.
Defending Match Play Champ Rory McIlroy