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Meet your Accenture Match Play bracket busters

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If you filled out a bracket for this year’s World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play and printed it out, it’s probably looking like the dog ate it right now. In the gathering darkness and bitter cold north of Tucson, Ariz., the world’s two top-ranked golfers met untimely ends at the hands of their 16-seed foes. Tiger Woods was done in by Charles Howell III, who is reasonably well-known this side of the Atlantic Ocean. One win a number of years ago, a number of close shaves thwarted by missed short putts, yadda yadda yadda.

But you are not the only one who has never or barely heard of Shane Lowry, who unseated Rory McIlroy Thursday. Let’s meet him and a few of the other underdog winners, shall we?

Shane Lowry

Who? 16 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket. Beat overall No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Country of Origin: Ireland
Can you use that in a sentence or two? Before chipping in on two consecutive holes on the inward nine — Nos. 12 and 13 — en route to beating McIlroy, Shane Lowry’s other big career win came at the 2009 Irish Open. One of the first players to congratulate Lowry on the victory: McIlroy.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Who? 15 seed in the Gary Player bracket. Bead No. 2 Lee Westwood in 19 holes.
Country of Origin: Spain
Can you use that in a sentence or two? Born in the relatively golf-poor Canary Islands, Rafael Cabrera-Bello owns two European Tour victories: the 2009 Austrian Open and the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. One of the runners-up in the latter of those wins: Westwood.

Richard Sterne

Who? 14 seed in the Gary Player bracket. Beat No. 3 Jason Dufner.
Country of Origin: South Africa
Can you use that in a sentence or two? Richard Sterne, a former world top-20 player, has battled injury in recent years but now that he is finally healthy, he is moving up the Official World Golf Rankings like a squirrel up an oak tree. He has six European Tour wins, the most recent of which coming two weeks ago at the Joburg Open, which he won by seven strokes.

Alexander Norén

Who? 13 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket. Absolutely posterized No. 4 Dustin Johnson, 6&5.
Country of Origin: Sweden
Can you use that in a sentence or two? Alexander Norén, who played college golf in the United States at Oklahoma State, has three European Tour victories to his credit. Like Sterne, the most recent one was a commanding seven-shot victory, coming in the 2011 Nordea Masters in Sweden.

Marcus Fraser

Who? 13 seed in the Ben Hogan bracket. Beat No. 4 Keegan Bradley.
Country of Origin: Australia
Can you use that in a sentence or two? A native of New South Wales, Australia, Marcus Fraser has two far-flung European Tour victories to his credit, in Russia and South Korea. His match with Bradley was one of Thursday’s tightest, as neither player was more than one hole up at any time.

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Tim grew up outside of Hartford, Conn., playing most of his formative golf at Hop Meadow Country Club in the town of Simsbury. He played golf for four years at Washington & Lee University (Division-III) and now lives in Pawleys Island, S.C., and works in nearby Myrtle Beach in advertising. He's not too bad on Bermuda greens, for a Yankee. A lifelong golf addict, he cares about all facets of the game of golf, from equipment to course architecture to PGA Tour news to his own streaky short game.

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  1. Troy Vayanos

    Feb 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    It was no surprise to me, this happens every year in this event.

    Match play is very unpredictable!

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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