The 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship Six-Pack

JJ GallantCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

The 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship Six-Pack

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    Ian gets his first PGA Tour victory here last year
    Ian gets his first PGA Tour victory here last yearDarren Carroll/Getty Images

    I apologize in advance for the weakness of this article.

    I will be doing a full Mayakoba Classic Six-pack in a while, and you will find my starting Yahoo fantasy lineup and results there.

    It's match play this week at Dove Mountain, and the very best players in the world are there.

    Before telling you my six pack to bet on, I thought I would do a quick run-through of my brackets.


    This bracket shows some stiff competition. I like Westwood to face Goosen while Schwartzel and Laird will definitely go the distance.  I think Westwood gets it done along with Charl Schwartzel. In the semis, look for Schwartzel to edge Westwood and move on to the final four.

    MY PICK:  Charl Schwartzel


    The Hogan bracket to me has the BEST first round match-up.  I love Stewart Cink to nip defending champ Ian Poulter in a match that will go the distance. From there, I see young Rickie Fowler knocking off Phil and facing a sneaky Ross Fisher in the quarter finals.  Look for Fisher to advance.

    MY PICK:  Ross Fisher


    In the Player bracket we have some serious talent. I predict the winner of this year's match play will emerge from this area. In the semis, look for Hunter Mahan to come up just short against Martin Kaymer. From there, I like the young gun Rory McIlroy to edge out the grizzled veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez. McIlroy will then battle Kaymer, but will pull away to win the Gary Player bracket.

    MY PICK:  Rory McIlroy


    I heard they were thinking of re-naming this the Tiger Woods bracket, but that would be just wrong. There are a fair amount of question marks in this bracket, with one clear favorite. That always spells a recipe for, "upset central."

    Although a major upset player could possibly emerge, I will not pick my bracket that way.  In the semis, I like Harrington to square off with the red hot Bill Haas.  Harrington will edge him out and move on. Paul Casey will make quick business of Ernie Els, and then do the same with Padraig Harrington to capture the Snead corner. I mean come on, this guy has been a runner up here the past two years!

    MY PICK:  Paul Casey


    McIlroy will top Casey in 24 holes to face Charl Schwartzel who will crush Ross Fisher.

    Fisher will lose to Casey and take fourth place, while Casey secures third in the consolation match.

    I think we will have a grueling duel in the final match seeing McIlroy edge out Charl Schwartzel to win this years WGC Match Play Championship.

    Now let's see who is in the betting six-pack...

No. 1 Charl Schwartzel

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    this putter is red hot
    this putter is red hotAndrew Redington/Getty Images

    After all, he is not the 25th best golfer in the world for nothing...

    At 33:1 odds, I am liking his chances.

No. 2 Hunter Mahan

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    grrrrHarry How/Getty Images

    Ok, he just married a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and his career is that of: Professional Golfer. Life is good for Mr. Mahan.

    As one of two Americans in the six pack, sign me up at 33:1 odds

No. 3 Rickie Fowler

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    look out for the youngster this week
    look out for the youngster this weekStuart Franklin/Getty Images

    He is in the field.

    He is in the six-pack.

    He is a great match play golfer.

    He has 40:1 odds of victory.

    Nuff' said...

No 4. Ross Fisher

4 of 6 long as she's not wider than this on the backside. long as she's not wider than this on the backside.Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

    Fisher has been a bit off lately, but I like him in match play. He will have three strong matches versus Robert Allenby, Graeme McDowell and Stewart Cink if things go as planned.

    If he happens to win it all, he will yield you a nice 50:1 pay day.

No. 5 Martin Laird

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    If it's not Scottish, it's CRAAAP!
    If it's not Scottish, it's CRAAAP!Harry How/Getty Images

    This is his first trip to Dove Mountain, but he is bringing some good game with him.

    Excellent value if he can get by Schwartzel he will pay out 66:1

No. 6 Miguel Angel Jimenez

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    The Mechanic
    The MechanicIan Walton/Getty Images

    I am pretty sure that's a Cohiba, and I am pretty sure that Jimenez is a serious threat to pull an upset this week.

    Take a flier on him as your long shot with 80:1 odds.