Finally finished with the Sunshine Slate, my only regret is that the media was still calling it the Florida Swing. But there’s always next year to get people to realize that Sunshine Slate is the better name! For now however, the Tour is moving to Texas and a two tournament stretch, something that might be called the #TexasTwoStepTour possibly? Whatever the name, golf doesn’t want to be outdone by the NCAA March Madness, so it decided to put its match play tournament during the second week of college basketball’s version. It’s time to watch the Dell Match Play!
Music, and I apologize for putting in such an annoying song, but read below to the Tiger Woods section and you’ll see that this song’s title was used in a quote below. Actually, since the quote was from 2006, I’m going to assume it inspired Ellie Goulding to write this song.
What to watch for:
Probably the biggest difference from that other bracket tournament, and have to say, a great change to the event, is the pool play. Started in 2015, the WGC Match Play went from single knockout (one and done), to having a 3 round pool play with groups of 4. Each group will have one player ranked 1-16, one player 17th-32nd, one player ranked 33rd-48th, and one player ranked 49th to 64th. The example given on the Dell Match Play’s website says you could have a group featuring Jordan Spieth (1), Matt Kuchar (22), Justin Thomas (37), and Graeme McDowell (64). Have fun in that group.
Back in California this week for the WGC Cadillac Match Play! Fun diversion from the standard stroke play that we’ve been watching all year (and for the rest of the year too since this is the only non-standard scoring event). We got a new format, cool venue, and the best players in the world.
About the Sponsor
Hey wait a minute, didn’t we already have a WGC Cadillac something earlier this season? Damn straight we did. The WGC Cadillac Match play is the second Cadillac sponsored WGC event this year (an impressive 50% of WGC events are Cadillac sponsored), the previous being the Championship at Doral previewed by me here. In that preview, I talked a little about Cadillac’s namesake, Antoine de Cadillac, and how he was kind of a scumbag. This time, I figure I’ll talk about Cadillac the not too impressive car company.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know much about the Detroit car brands before looking all this up. First thing to know is that Cadillac is a division of General Motors. This means that Cadillac sits along side of other car brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, as well as the widely known brands like, Holden, HSV, Opel, Vauxhall, Wuling, Baojun, Jie Fang, UzDaewoo (all according to wikipedia). I heard the field at the UzDaewoo Open and the Wuling Invitational are stellar this year.