The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship got off to a surprising start as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were eliminated on the first day of competition. Now, two days later, things have certainly settled down.
With the two biggest stars gone, it gives some of the other, less-heralded players a moment in the spotlight to show the world what they can do. Of course, it's entirely possible that another No. 1 seed wins.
Looking at the bracket right now, here are the players who appear to be the favorites heading into the weekend.
For a full look at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Bracket, click here.
Bubba Watson, No. 2 seed in Bobby Jones bracket
If you believe in seeding for this tournament, Watson should be the overwhelming favorite. The two highest remaining seeds after him are No. 5 Graeme McDowell and No. 7 Jim Furyk, who he is playing in the third round.
Watson has been inconsistent so far this season, with one top-10 finish, one missed cut and one 15th-place finish.
He came out of the gate strong against Chris Wood, going two holes up at the turn, and he just kept a consistent pace going before putting the match away on the 17th hole. Now is the time to for him to turn on the momentum as The Masters approaches in just over a month.
Watson has had success in this event before, making it to the Final Four in 2011 before losing to Martin Kaymer. He has everything set up for him to make a deep run one more time this year.
Steve Stricker, No. 4 seed in Sam Snead bracket
Even though his 2013 schedule has been very limited thus far—he has played in just one event, finishing second in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions—but he made a great impression in his match against Henrik Stenson.
Moving to the second round, Stricker is matched up with the equally impressive Nick Watney. Assuming Stricker can get through this match, he will likely move on to face Scott Piercy, who was dominating Luke Donald early in their match.
Even at 45-years-old, Stricker has shown that he has plenty of gas left in the tank. A match-play event might be better suited to where he is at physically and mentally anyway, so now is the time for him to take advantage of it.
Matt Kuchar, No. 6 seed in Ben Hogan bracket
Going back to the inconsistent player well, Kuchar started the season looking like he could be in line for big things. He had back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open.
Then things started to unravel, as Kuchar finished 16th at the Humana Challenge event and 38th at the Northern Trust Open. He started off well in this event, taking out Hiroyuki Fujita in the first round.
For an encore Kuchar gets to take on the enigmatic Sergio Garcia. It appears as if Justin Rose is going to lose in his match, so the path is certainly clear for him to make a run to the finals of his bracket.
Kuchar's momentum is going to carry him. He is ready to get back on the wave of momentum that he started out this season on.
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