Match Play: Weekend showdown ahead

The Accenture Match Play Championship has advanced to the "elite eight" stage. After a surprising opening three days of play, only eight golfers are left in the field. Here is how the bracket breaks down. The champion of the "Bobby Jones" bracket will face the champion of the "Ben Hogan" bracket. Thus, the "Gary Player" and "Sam Snead" champions will also meet in the final four round. 

Bobby Jones: 

Tiger Woods is, of course, out due to the stellar play of Tim Clark. Clark, the tourname
nt's eight seed, was ousted the next match against Europe's Rory McIlroy. McIlroy will face Geoff Ogilvy, a U.S. Open champion, in tomorrow's round. 
Ogilvy, a two seed, successfully defeated Colombian superstar Camilo Villegas in the round of sixteen. 

Prediction: Ogilvy defeats McIlroy 3 and 2. 

Ben Hogan: 

The "Big Easy" (Els, pictured right) had his groove back this weekend as he ousted England's Luke Donald in the round of sixteen. Though this matchup came down to the wire, Els proved that he can still hang with the best. 

The other match in the Ben Hogan bracket was the Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink match. Mickelson, who struggled to defeat Angel Cabreras earlier in the tournament, fell to Cink by a narrow margin. 

Prediction: Els defeats Cink 1 up. 

Gary Player:

Sean O' Hair's impressive streak in this tournament continued  after he defeated Ian Poulter 2 and 1 today. O' Hair has demonstrated an impressive ability to get the job done having beaten Adam Scott and Boo Weekley in addition to Poulter. 

Paul Casey stomped Peter Hanson 4 and 2 in the bracket's other match. Not much to say here. Casey, as he admits, is well-suited for match play as his tendency to sporadically put up big numbers is alleviated by the format. 
Prediction: O' Hair defeats Casey in 19 holes. 

Sam Snead: 

In a surprising upset, Ross Fisher (?) defeated American Jim Furyk 4 and 3 to advance to the next round. Though I still do not know who Fisher is, he survived Robert Allenby in the first round before destroy Pat Perez in the round of 32. 

American Justin Leonard (pictured left) also managed to advance by defeating Oliver Wilson in a close match that required 19 holes. One must wonder if Leonard's luck is running out after he was able to escape matches against 
Henrik Stenson and Davis Love III in the first two rounds. Nevertheless, Leonard will be a threat to win tomorrow's match. 

Prediction: Leonard defeats Fisher 2 and 1. 

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