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WGC Match Play Championship

The WGC World Matchplay gets under way today. The format adds a new twist to golf as players are paired up to compete against each other. The worlds top 64 go to Arizona with the aim of winning the £900,000 first prize. Reigning champion Luke Donald opens up against South African Ernie Els. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is in bullish mood ahead of his game against Tiger Woods and believes he can defeat the former World number one. Paul Casey meanwhile has had to withdraw from the event and has been replaced by another South African George Coetzee, he has now been given the task of taking on Rory McIlroy.

With so many top players at the event the winner could be any of the 64. My choices for each quarter of the draw will be Luke Donald, you can’t look past the world number one and defending champion, but with players such as Adam Scott¬† and KJ Choi in his quarter it wont be an easy route to the final. In the second quarter I will have to go for Ian Poulter, he has McIlroy in his quarter but he has great experience in these events through the Ryder Cup. He has an unknown to me South Korean in the first round. Bubba Watson will be my pick for the third quarter, big hitting he will put anyone he plays under pressure to come up with some bg shots to counter act this. In the bottom quarter I will throw in a bit of a wildcard in Matteo Manassero a youngster he will not have much fear and nothing to lose in the event.

FULL FIRST ROUND DRAW

Luke Donald (Eng) v Ernie Els (SA)

Jason Dufner (US) v Peter Hanson (Swe)

KJ Choi (Kor) v Kyle Stanley (US)

Brandt Snedeker (US) v Retief Goosen (SA)

Adam Scott (Aus) v Robert Rock (Eng)

Bo Van Pelt (US) v Mark Wilson (US)

Dustin Johnson (US) v Jim Furyk (US)

Thomas Bjorn (Den) v Francesco Molinari (Ita)

Rory McIlroy (NI) v George Coetzee (SA)

Kim Kyung-tae (Kor) v Anders Hansen (Den)

Sergio Garcia (Spa) v Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

Keegan Bradley (US) v Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)

Jason Day (Aus) v Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

Simon Dyson (Eng) v John Senden (Aus)

Charl Schwartzel (SA) v Gary Woodland (US)

Ian Poulter (Eng) v Bae Sang-moon (Kor)

Martin Kaymer (Ger) v Greg Chalmers (Aus)

David Toms (US) v Rickie Fowler (US)

Matt Kuchar (US) v Jonathan Byrd (US)

Bubba Watson (US) v Ben Crane (US)

Steve Stricker (US) v Kevin Na (US)

Louis Oosthuizen (SA) v Aaron Baddeley (Aus)

Graeme McDowell (NI) v Yang Yong-eun (Kor)

Hunter Mahan (US) v Zach Johnson (US)

Lee Westwood (Eng) v Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel)

Robert Karlsson (Swe) v Fredrik Jacobson (Swe)

Nick Watney (US) v Darren Clarke (NI)

Tiger Woods (US) v Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

Webb Simpson (US) v Matteo Manassero (Ita)

Alvaro Quiros (Spa) v Martin Laird (Sco)

Bill Haas (US) v Ryo Ishikawa (Jap)

Justin Rose (Eng) v Paul Lawrie (Sco)