By Matt Cohen | Social Media & Site Editor
It was supposed to be the most exciting match play tournament in recent memory. A new format. A new venue. The best golfers in the world. Yet the only thing remotely exciting thus far about the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship is the showdown between Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The reason why? Upset city.
It’s nobody’s fault really. After all, a pool-play single elimination format is designed to create upsets. Just look at college basketball’s NCAA tournament. But let’s look at the golfers who failed to advance, and the match-ups that we missed out on in the process:
Group 2 – Jordan Spieth
Group 3 – Henrik Stenson
Group 4 – Bubba Watson
Group 6 – Justin Rose
Group 7 – Jason Day
Group 8 – Dustin Johnson
Group 10 – Sergio Garcia
Group 11 – Ian Poulter/Jimmy Walker
Group 15 – Patrick Reed
That’s 9 out of 16 groups where the top/expected golfer did not advance. Did we get to see Jordan Spieth vs. Patrick Reed in the Round of 16? Nope. How about Justin Rose vs. Ian Poulter or Jimmy Walker? No again.
And those are just the match-ups we didn’t get to see in the quarterfinals, let alone the semi’s.
Call it sour grapes, but the WGC-Cadillac Match Play is the only tournament of its kind the entire year, and it feels that we, as fans, were robbed of some incredible head-to-head match-ups.
The Semifinal match-ups on Sunday:
(1) Rory McIlroy vs, (5) Jim Furyk
(49) Danny Willett vs. (52) Gary Woodland
While McIlroy is must see TV, there’s really nothing here that gets the juices going. It would be a shock to see McIlroy go down to any of the other three golfers, although Furyk has been playing some really good golf lately.
It’s not that fans haven’t been witness to some really good golf these last few days. Give all the credit in the world to guys like John Senden, Tommy Fleetwood and others for playing exceptional golf. These guys are tremendous competitors and have played phenomenal golf. It just would’ve been nice to see at least some of the match-ups we all wanted to see.
Make no mistake – the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play has been good. It just hasn’t been great.