Expert Picks: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

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February 19, 2013

The first World Golf Championship of the season gets under way Wednesday at Dove Mountain. Here's who our experts project to win each of the four brackets, and who they think will win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Expert Picks: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Expert Jones
winner
Hogan
winner
Player
winner
Snead
winner
Champion
Anne
Szeker
Rory
McIlroy
Keegan
Bradley
Tiger
Woods
Ian
Poulter
Tiger Woods doesn't have a stellar record at Dove Mountain, but he has won this event three times in his career. His game is strong enough to add a fourth title this week.
John
Swantek

Charl
Schwartzel
Matt
Kuchar
Tiger
Woods
Ian
Poulter

The Englishman, who won the Walter Hagen trophy in 2010, has proven himself as one if the world's most formidable match players. Wait until he channels Ryder Cup energy in an epic takedown of Tiger Woods in the semifinals.
Brian
Wacker

Charl
Schwartzel
Justin
Rose
Tiger
Woods

Luke
Donald
I like an all Sean Foley final with Tiger playing Foley's fellow pupil Justin Rose and Woods coming out on top. He's flamed out early in this event the last few years, but he's a different player now. He's also won it three times and has arguably the easiest path to the final.
Ryan
Smithson

Charl
Schwartzel

Justin
Rose
Hunter
Mahan
Luke
Donald
Schwartzel's the best ball-striker in the world right now, and it's really not even close. It's tough to beat someone who has a 12-foot birdie putt every hole. Has a decent record at Dove Mountain: Reached the second round in 2012, 2011 and 2009, and the third round in 2010.
Helen
Ross

Charl
Schwartzel
Keegan
Bradley

Lee
Westwood
Luke
Donald
I was tempted to pick Schwartzel, who hasn't finished lower than third in his last four events worldwide. But Accenture is like a series of six mini-tournaments and Bradley has shown he has the kind of survivor's mentality that will allow him to prosper.
Mike
McAllister

Charl
Schwartzel
Keegan
Bradley

Tiger
Woods
Ian
Poulter
Bradley is going to win the Accenture Match Play Championship at some point in his career; he just has that kind of mentality that excels in this format. A Bradley-Poulter final would be epic.
Bill
Cooney
Charl
Schwartzel
Matt
Kuchar
Tiger
Woods
Ian
Poulter
To say Charl Schwartzel is on a roll would be an understatement. In his past seven events worldwide, Schwartzel has finished in the top five -- that's right, the top five -- every time. Coming off a T3 at the Northern Trust, too. I also like Woods in what looks like the weakest bracket, Kuchar to stay hot and Mr. Match Play himself (Poulter).
John
Schwarb
Graeme
McDowell
Fredrik
Jacobson
Tiger
Woods
Ian
Poulter
Everyone wants to win in the desert, of course, but one gets the sense that the Englishman burns to win it. Or maybe I'd just rather see him win this than run over the U.S. in another Ryder Cup.
Rob
Bolton

Jason
Day
Ernie
Els
Tiger
Woods
Luke
Donald
Donald takes down Day in the final. The Englishman is built for this format. He’s also in a superb draw in which others should be beating up on each other before he gets a turn.
Chris
Dunham
Rickie
Fowler
Matt
Kuchar
Lee
Westwood
Luke
Donald
For the first time since I started picking this event, no one really stands out to me on the bracket. Hopefully I'm safe by selecting Mr. Consistency, Matt Kuchar, to add a WGC title to his resume that already includes wins at THE PLAYERS and The Barclays.
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