Thursday, 30 April 2015

My Fingers Are Crossed

Two days are in the books at the WGC Match Play. While things are still very much up for grabs, as far as who will collect the big cheque on Sunday, Messrs. Spieth and McIlroy are on song and looking very good.

This kid Spieth continues to ride a putter that is doing a great deal to thoroughly demoralize his opponents and make him appear almost invincible. He one-putted his last ten holes today and has made fourteen birdies and only one bogey in two days. He faces Lee Westwood tomorrow. Westwood, coming off a win last week, is in top form but will likely find it a daunting task to try to hang with Spieth.

Rory, unlike Spieth, is hitting it great but not making birdies in bunches because his putter is not red hot. That will be the concern for him tomorrow as he faces Billy Horschel who will be fired up and may just force Rory to start making birdie putts or go home. Rory has shown his toughness when it comes to match play, having soundly defeated Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler in singles matches at the last two Ryder Cups. Rory also has that look in his eye this week, and I suspect he feels he has something to prove after witnessing the Jordan Spieth show at the Masters.

I hope the stars align this week, and we are treated to a final match that includes McIlroy and Spieth. However, given the vagaries of match play, this may be just wishful thinking. In eighteen holes of match play anything can happen, and often does. As for me, my fingers are crossed because these two guys are the best of the bunch right now and it would be one heckuva show should they get to face each other on Sunday.