Upon grading your predictions for the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship on the internationally recognized Carmac Scale, there are usually two possible reactions:
The first is the timeless classic brought to us by Roberto De Vicenzo at Augusta: "What a stupid I am!"
The second is a relatively new addition to the golf lexicon, brought to us last year by Phil Mickelson at Winged Foot: "I am such an idiot."
They're both good, but De Vicenzo's is better because pidgin English is always funnier than regular English. Here's a third response: "20-12."
OK, I picked Ernie Els to beat Bradley Dredge, whoever he is, and tow in the whole enchilada. And Els lost, badly, 4 and 2. Serves me right for trying to predict anything this guy's going to do. I recall being quite certain he wouldn't win the 1994 U.S. Open. But aside from that, and my prediction that Phil Mickelson would be a victim of fatigue and lose to Richard Green (Lefty won 1-up), I did fine, compiling a 20-12 record in round one.
My best efforts came in the Bobby Jones Division (7-1), where I sagely selected the 12-5 upset, Rory Sabbatini over David Howell (2-up), and refused to take the bait on Zach Johnson (Henrik Stenson beat him 1-up). Alas, I went 3-5 in the Snead Division.
In any case, here are my second-round picks. (Read with caution.)
• Tiger Woods (1) over Tim Clark (8). Unless Clark has the putting round of his life, Woods wins this one.
• Rory Sabbatini (12) over Nick O'Hern (4). Arizona Wildcat Sabo continues to ride Tucson mojo to second-round W.
• Luke Donald (2) over Aaron Baddeley (10). This one could go either way, but Donald's international experience pushes him over the top.
• K.J. Choi (6) over Henrik Stenson (3). Choi wears down Stenson with his numbing, fairways-and-greens efficiency.
• Justin Rose (9) over Phil Mickelson (1). I still say Mickelson, playing his sixth event in six weeks, has got to be fried.
• SergioGarcia (4) over Charles Howell III (12). Garcia found a way to beat Darren Clarke, and he'll win another squeaker here against the hottest player in golf.
• Ian Poulter (7) over Bradley Dredge (15). Poulter loves this event; Dredge's first-round magic against Els can't last forever.
• Chris DiMarco(6) over Trevor Immelman (3). DiMarco is too crafty for the younger foe; he finds a way to get it done in extra holes.
• Chad Campbell (9) over Jim Furyk (1). Not sure this is the right course for Furyk, who looked shaky in his first-round effort against Brett Quigley.
• David Toms (5) over Ben Crane (13). Crane already beat an Accenture stud, Davis Love III, in the first round. Two biggies in a row is too much to ask.
• Stephen Ames (10) over Vijay Singh (2). After a resounding 8-and-7 victory over Robert Karlsson, Ames is playing better than anyone, and he's familiar with Singh.
• Padraig Harrington (3) over Stewart Cink (6). Harrington's just playing too well right now; he wins a nail-biter over match-play-loving Cink.
• Shaun Micheel (16) over Rod Pampling (9). After getting by Adam Scott in extra holes, Micheel builds on his newfound match play reputation with a quick second-round W.
• Paul Casey (4) over Colin Montgomerie (5). Bomber-friendly course favors younger Casey over straighter Monty.
• Niclas Fasth (10) over Retief Goosen (2). Just a feeling: Fasth adds his name to a long list of lesser-known players to show up in the Sweet 16.
• Geoff Ogilvy (3) over Jose Maria Olazabal (6). Defending champion has won in Tucson, he's won the Accenture, and he beats Olly at the wire.