Accenture Match Play 2013: Predicting Upsets for Round 3

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2013

Upsets have been the story at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and that will continue in the third round.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were knocked off in the first round, and then fellow No. 1 seeds Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen were taken down in Round 2.

Friday’s play was extremely unkind to the top-ranked players, and Bubba Watson is the only one of the first 10 seeds to make it through to the final 16.

Now, more upsets are sure to come before the tournament ends in Arizona. Here are the favorites who will go down next.

 

Jason Day over Bubba Watson

Yes, the only top-10 seed remaining will fall today. 

Day, a No. 11 seed, has already taken down Zach Johnson in the first round and stopped the young and talented Russell Henley in the next round.

Watson, on the other hand, needed 22 holes to get past Jim Furyk, and he made head-scratching mistakes on the green.

The lack of concentration Watson showed on Friday is concerning, and it will doom him to defeat today. 

 

Scott Piercy over Steve Stricker 

Piercy has been incredibly impressive in Arizona thus far. He dominated Luke Donald in the second round.

This was certainly a surprising performance from the ninth-seeded American.

Stricker has also looked good during the tournament, but the 46-year-old entered into semi-retirement at the beginning of this year. This is his first tournament since early January, and fatigue may start to set in now that he is moving into the later rounds.

Piercy will continue rolling and will take down the fourth-seeded Stricker.

 

Shane Lowry Over Graeme McDowell

Lowry made a massive wave on Day 1 in Arizona when he took down Rory McIlroy. He then cruised past Carl Pettersson to be the last No. 16 seed left standing in the tournament.

Now, he will face his second former major winner at Accenture in McDowell. The young Irishman certainly lacks experience compared to his opponent, but momentum is with him. 

Lowry will still be on fire when he gets on the course for Round 3, and another upset will be in the cards for Saturday’s action.  

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