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The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:19 am
 
Luke Donald takes a drop during his match against Ernie Els. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Unlike March Madness, the Accenture Match Play is easily the biggest toss up in sports. Rankings? They’re meaningless, and anything can happen. That said, we give you our five biggest upsets of the first round of play. 

Ernie Els defeats Luke Donald -- It wasn’t that Donald was a top seed and Els came in the rugged vet holding a 16 seed, but it was a guy most had forgotten about beating the defending champion and world number one in the world! Els played great, and could definitely make a run here after gaining some confidence by smoking past Donald 5 and 4. 

Miguel Angel-Jimenez defeats Sergio Garcia -- Most thought Sergio, coming off a final round 64 at Riviera to tower up the leaderboard, would be a good pick to possibly upset Rory McIlroy in their side of the draw, but he couldn’t even get out of the first round, falling to his fellow Spaniard. The bright side of things? At least his blue shoes looked good.

David Toms defeats Rickie Fowler -- No, the seeds weren’t far apart (No. 8 vs. No. 9), but Toms openly admitted he hasn’t spent much time on his golf game. That didn’t stop him from taking out fan-favorite Fowler 1-up and giving himself a shot at Martin Kaymer in the next round. 

Ryo Ishikawa defeats Bill Haas -- It isn’t easy coming to an event like this after a gutsy win like Haas had last week, but it seemed like he’d roll Ishikawa after being 3-up with five holes to play. Ryo won four of the next five holes and advanced in the one PGA Tour event he seems the most comfortable in. 

Sang-Moon Bae defeats Ian Poulter -- There aren’t a lot of guys you’d call match play specialists, but Poulter is one of them, so to have him fall to such an unknown like Bae is a head-scratcher.

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Comments

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:29 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Fowler is a fan favorite. It's not some sort of media concocted lie that he has fans. He has broad appeal to women, tweens and kids as well as men. Just because he hasn't won ont he PGA doesn't mean he can't or won't have fans. Next time you're at a tournament follow him and see how many fans he has. He's friendly, polite and accessible (Twitter) which makes it easy for fans to pull for him. He has a lot of talent that will hopefully net him a few wins. IMO he was silly to switch equipment coming of his first victory, but whatever. 

In case people haven't noticed, golf now is way different than in the 60's, 80's or even 90-2000 thanks to social media and the amoutn of coverage it gets. Wins will get you attention but so will having a bunch of Twitter followers and wearing bright colors and placing well in tournaments. I don't think Fowler is being marketed to us fans as much as outlets are capitalizing on his marketability and popularity. In other words, as his popularity has risen organically (for whatever reasons) we've seen more and more of him in the marketing arena.  



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:29 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Fowler is a fan favorite. It's not some sort of media concocted lie that he has fans. He has broad appeal to women, tweens and kids as well as men. Just because he hasn't won ont he PGA doesn't mean he can't or won't have fans. Next time you're at a tournament follow him and see how many fans he has. He's friendly, polite and accessible (Twitter) which makes it easy for fans to pull for him. He has a lot of talent that will hopefully net him a few wins. IMO he was silly to switch equipment coming of his first victory, but whatever. 

In case people haven't noticed, golf now is way different than in the 60's, 80's or even 90-2000 thanks to social media and the amoutn of coverage it gets. Wins will get you attention but so will having a bunch of Twitter followers and wearing bright colors and placing well in tournaments. I don't think Fowler is being marketed to us fans as much as outlets are capitalizing on his marketability and popularity. In other words, as his popularity has risen organically (for whatever reasons) we've seen more and more of him in the marketing arena.  



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:28 am
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Just My Op, you are exactly right. Golf, an individual game, needs a standout
Number One to hold the attention of the fans.  It is troubling how the coverage
still tries to focus on Tiger where he is clearly not likely to resume his role of
dominence.  When I saw those odds on the Accenture, I could only laugh. Clearly
the best line on the strongest of players should hardley be better than 30-1 to
win 6 matches in a row. Random chance, substituting a flip of the coin for 18
holes of golf, gives you 64-1.  Is there anyone who can play 6 rounds of golf
against the best players in the world, each round getting tougher, that you'd
accept 12-1 odds on him winning?  I'd take all the action on anyone you could
name and you'd have to be very lucky to break me. If the NCAA basketbal tourny
had a first round like this, there would be bedlam in the media.  Set aside the
overall #1 seed losing terribly, 6 of the 12 Two, Three, and Four's also lost
and forget about the favorites who went extra holes to scratch out their victory.
Just the same I'm going out on a limb and predicting the winner of the
Watney/Westwood match winning the SNEAD, D Johnson winning the weakrned
JONES, and the winner on McIlro/Schwartzel match winning the HOGAN and I.m
really taking a chance predicting the winner of Stricker/B Watson as the winner
of the HOGAN.  We'll see if I can get more than half of that correct!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:25 am
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Fowler has a cute appearance and wears brightly-colored clothes.  He is getting a miniature version of the "Tiger treatment."  The media and tour feel that if they repeat "Rickie is a fan favorite" enough times, it will become true.  Marketing.  The same with the constant Woods coverage and the obsession of whether he'll be "back."  As if his secret life was never exposed, and as if the only thing keeping a 36-year-old Woods from being a 24-year-old phenom is for "his swing change to click."

You ever watch beer commercials?  They would have you think beer is the road to the beautiful people and a happy life.  My experience is that alcohol is not generally the path to either.  Do the people tailgating at NFL games or in the infield at NASCAR races look like the people in those commercials?  The PGA is marketing Rickie (and Woods).  Don't expect what they say to be truthful.  After all, they are competing with some real stories out there.  (Think Jeremy Lin.)

One thing, in fairness to Rickie Fowler.  He is ranked in world's top 50 and you have to do well in tournaments to do that.  Fowler is a hellaciously great player, all things considered, but obviously Bill Haas is playing the orange pants off Rickie Fowler, yet gets far, far less media attention.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:57 am
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Nice one Ernie! It has been up and down of late, but seems he is hanging in there and starting to gain a bit more belief in winning again. All in the mind at this level.



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:30 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Why is and who says Rickie Fowler is a fan favorite? I don't understand the press this kid gets for doing well nothing on the golf course. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:39 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Does anyone know why GC used the split screen so rarely today?  If they are going to show every step of Woods' rounds, the least they can do is split the screen so we can see the other matches.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:41 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Toms was the higher seed. His first round record prior to today was 9 wins VS 1 loss in this event and his over all record for wins in this tourny is second only to Tiger Woods. He has over 37 million in earnigns and is coming off his best year in the last 5 years. HOW does this come as one of the biggest surprises of day one?



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:40 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

I agree on Luke and Ernie, and also Ryo and Haas, but not on Sergio and Jimenez.  I could not believe the betting odds favored Sergio the way they did.  It irks me that you think Sang Moon-Bae is an "unknown," but I guess I know wher you are coming from.  (Did I see Poulter all day on GC?  I can't recall it.  What horrid coverage.)

I wasn't surprised by Toms over Fowler, for the reason I was surprised by Ryo winning.  Both Ryo and Rickie get more attention that just their play warrants.  If Ryo and Rickie were 35-year-old Nationwide grads, they'd be "unknowns," too.  I guess Toms' great play, though, was pretty surprising, as was Rickie's great comeback attempt.

I am truly curios as to whether Woods is favored over Watney.  I hope so, so I can hope all over Watney.  These matches are going to be pretty close to 50/50 in any event, being as they are only 18 holes, but if anything, I think Watney should be favored.  I guess we'll see when the odds come out if other people are thinking like I am.

Oh, Martin Kaymer very quietly advanced, a fact worth noticing.  Also, nice Keegan "Spitter" Bradley advance.

(I don't think I saw Keegan do anything other than putt today.  The GC's MO was to show every second of Woods' match, except for cutting to a replay of a putt in another match if the putt was made to win the hole.  If they said, "This is Joe Scho putting to win the hole," you knew the putt was going to drop because they simply would not cut away from Woods otherwise.)



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:08 pm
 

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

"One of my favorite forms of entertainment is professional wrestling." -- Tiger Woods fan.

Well, there ya have it: the target demographic for the Golf Channel.

"Why, he said you was beatable."

"He did? Why I'm gonna whack his head with a chair!"

"No, you ain't!"

"Come here and see!"





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