The biggest match play tournament of the season comes to San Francisco as the golfers of the PGA tour head to TPC Harding Park for the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Open. The golfers will play round robin matches in each of their groups until advancing to the bracket challenge against winners from the other groups.
Group 1 figures to be one of the most exciting groups of the tournament. It will feature world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, 18th-ranked Billy Horschel, 35th-ranked Brandt Snedeker and 53rd-ranked Jason Dufner. McIlroy is clear and away the most talented golfer in this grouping, but Snedeker and Dufner have major championship pedigree. Dufner won the PGA championship in 2013 and Snedeker has finished in the top three in the Masters and the Open Championship.
Justin Rose figures to be a major player in this weekend’s tournament. After his final round-66 in New Orleans last weekend, he’s riding some serious momentum coming into this weekend. He’s also placed in a relatively weak group, with Charl Schwartzel being the only golfer in his group who has scored a major victory in his career. Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters tournament, but has been inconsistent ever since.
Jason Day will also be a big player in this tournament. He’s also placed in a relatively easy group. Day will go up against Charley Hoffman, Braden Grace and Zach Johnson. Day has fallen from fourth to seventh in the world golf rankings, but his victory at the Honda Classic has given him momentum throughout the 2015 season.
This is the first season that this tournament format will be employed. Generally, golfers would play in a single elimination tournament where one bad round could put any golfer out of contention for good. In the past, some of the best golfers in the field were upset in the early rounds, which made the final rounds on Sundays less interesting. The tournament set up was similar to that of the NCAA tournament.
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With the new format, golfers like McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rose and Day should have no excuse to advance deep into the tournament. This match play system will allow them to rebound from a bad round and still win the tournament. Fans in the San Francisco airport should be in for some great match play action.