Golf Tournament Picks and Predictions: WGC-Dell Match Play 3/21/17

McIlroy shakes hands with Gary Woodland after winning the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play
McIlroy shakes hands with Gary Woodland after winning the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play
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23 March, 2017

He won the WGC-Dell Match Play two years ago at Harding Park in San Francisco by beating Gary Woodland, 4 and 2, in the final, lost in the 2012 final to Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1, at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., and finished fourth last year when eventual champion Jason Day beat him in the semifinals, 2 and 1, at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.

"Hard to comprehend being on the golf course right now, with what she's going through", a tearful Day, who struggled to maintain his composure as he met with reporters after conceding his match.

"The diagnosis is much better being over here". He just played a really solid round of golf and it's hard to beat that, especially when the wind is getting up. He brought her to OH for more tests, and doctors are hopeful there is a chance for recovery. His background story is fairly well-known among close golf watchers and his mom's sacrifices to keep the family together after that enabled Day to become one of the great players in the world with a likely Hall of Fame resume.

Cancer also claimed the life of his father, Alvyn, when he was 12-years-old.

"It's been very, very emotional as you can tell", Day said. Emotionally it's been wearing on me for a while.

"I was warming on the putting green and it was setting up amusing and really upright, I started messing with it and I moved it and was like, 'Oh God, the head's loose, '" Snedeker said.

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"I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well, because this has been very, very tough for me", Day said.

"It has been a very hard time for me to even think about playing golf".

Johnson is the No. 1 seed for the first time in Match Play, which starts Wednesday at Austin Country Club. He said the prognosis is better than what she had gotten in Australia, and doctors now hope that the cancer can be managed.

"It's nice. I haven't had the best start to the season in America. It's important to her to support him". The good news? It's not single elimination like it was in 2013, and McIlroy still has two more matches to try to win his group. The surgery is scheduled for Friday. His mind was understandably elsewhere and playing the WGC event this week was obviously not a priority. He had missed the cut in his previous tournament, the Farmers Insurance Open, and ended up in a tie for 23rd in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend.

"Jason is a gutty guy", Martin said.


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