Personally I try to avoid betting on matchplay events as they are so fluid and unpredictable but for those of you who insist here’s who I think can progress in the brackets.

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Winner Alright: Last week Phil Mickelson paid out for tied second at 10/1

Hogan Bracket

Bubba Watson 40/1

Bubba-Watson-Tattoo What an incredible group with three of last years semi finalists in the top half of the bracket alone. I think the world matchplay owes Bubba Watson one after last year when Kaymer beat him after a great tussle.  Two down with two to play Watson made a great birdie on 17 to prove he wanted it.  Alas it was Kaymer that prevailed but that experience coupled with his awesome long game –he traded 400 yard drives with JB Holmes in a match last year- make Watson a good man to follow this week.

Jones Bracket

Luke Donald 18/1

luke donald funny pic[9] The World Number One’s crown may be slipping a little but he loves this event and I for one wont be betting against him.  Utterly dominant at Dove Mountain last year destroying all comers along the way.  Donald’s ability to read these greens better than most others gives him a decided advantage in what might be considered a weaker bracket. One problem might be that he doesn’t have much experience of the last few holes; he usually has his opponent beat by then.

Snead Bracket

Nico Colsaerts 95/1

nico col[5] If you’re looking for some long odds glory this week, you could do worse than Nicolas Colsaerts.  The Belgian has the power to reduce this 7,800 yard track to size and he’s also working with putting coach Dave Stockton on the practice green as we speak.  Sometimes a player with a new coach finds something immediately.  Nico would have to beat Lee Westwood and possibly Tiger Woods to progress from the group but thats the beauty of matchplay; you just never know what might happen.

Player Bracket

Jason Day 36/1

day Aussie Jason Day will be quietly happy with the draw even though a possible encounter with McIlroy or Garcia is one the cards if he progresses. Hated narrow Riviera last week and bombed out but down let that distract you. Day, for me, has the character and fighting quality to be a great match player.  This could be his time. 

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