The Links: First day of Match Play is most underrated day in golf

The weather for the Match Play Championship on Wednesday was insane. (Getty Images)

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Shane Ryan with a great read on why the Match Play Championship is the most underrated day in golf: 

The Match Play Championship, as I'll be calling it informally, is a five-day event featuring the 64 best golfers in the world, give or take a Mickelson. It involves a single-elimination, March Madness–style bracket that winnows the field down from Wednesday's 64 to one ultimate winner. And it's all match play, mano a mano, the way the original caveman golfers intended. (Grantland)

PGA Tour

How Tiger Woods has fared in the first round at the Match Play Championship. (PGA Tour)

So golfers already hate Dove Mountain? I'm sure the snow is really going to help things. (Geoff Shackelford)

On why it's time to move the Match Play Championship somewhere other than Dove Mountain. (Golf Channel)

Michael Phelps says his turn on The Haney Project is pretty humorous. (USA Today)

John McEnroe on whether or not Tiger Woods hurt the sport of tennis. (Golf.com)

Wow, Marine lies about injuries to get free golf lessons, endorsements, and cash. (AP)

Here's a look at where all the already-underway matches currently are. (PGA Tour)

Ryan Lavner on the upcoming Florida swing: "Tour officials would be wise to brace for a locust attack." (Golf Channel)

Wow, there's quite a list of golfers who haven't qualified for Doral. (Golfweek)

Ian Poulter (jokingly?) wanted to play in the snow. (Golf Channel)

I admit I want to see a Keegan Bradley-Louis Oosthuizen quarterfinal as well. (Golf.com)

On an annual basis, golf generates about $3.9 billion for charity. (Golf Digest)

This is great -- celebrating Charles Barkley's 50th birthday with video of his swing. (Golf Channel)

Rickie Fowler was trying to figure out where to go sledding on Wednesday. (Golfweek)

Ian Poulter said the snow made him feel "very Christmasy," then he got drilled with a snowball. (Reuters)

Rush Limbaugh weighs in on President Obama's golf outing with Tiger Woods. (Golf.com)

International

Legal dispute over 2016 Olympic golf course? (AP)

Carl Pettersson on why it's good to be fat this week. (Guardian)

On TV

12:30 - 8 p.m. ET on Golf Channel -- Match Play Championship

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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