WGC World Matchplay golf
Ben Hogan bracket
Louis Oosthuizen 1 vs Richie Ramsay 16
Brandt Snedeker’s withdrawal means Louis Oosthuizen is the top seed in the Ben Hogan bracket of the draw. Scotsman Richie Ramsay is enjoying a good start to the year and will be making his first appearance at the WGC Matchplay Championship.
Branden Grace 8 vs Robert Garrigus 9
Branden Grace has already carded three top ten finishes on the European Tour this year, following on from his four wins last year, and is set for a good weekend at Dove Mountain. American, Robert Garrigus, has finished in the money in his first four tournaments this year, expect this tie to be a close one.
Keegan Bradley 4 vs Marcus Fraser 13
Australian’s Marcus Fraser will face an uphill task against Keegan Bradley, with 39 places separating the pair in the World rankings. However, Fraser’s top 5 finish at the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of the month will give him some hope going into this week.
Frederik Jacobson 5 vs Ernie Els 12
After initally failing to qualify for the event, Snedeker’s withdrawal allowed Frederik Jacobson to enter the draw. Top 10 finishes in his first two tournaments of February mean he heads into the tournament with encouraging form. Ernie Els will look to get his 2013 up and running after a slow start.
Justin Rose 2 vs KJ Choi 15
World number six Justin Rose is set to appear in his first PGA tour event of the year and will hope to overcome South Korea’s KJ Choi. Choi’s best finish of the year so far has been tied-9th and both men will be trying to avoid a first round defeat like last year.
v Bill Haas 7 vs Nicolas Colsaerts 10
Bill Haas is the form player coming into the tie, with top 10 finishes in his last three tournaments. Colsaerts has had a poor start to 2013, but the big hitting Belgium showed in the Ryder Cup that he can be a tough matchplay opponent.
Sergio Garcia 3 vs Thongchai Jaidee 14
Both men have enjoyed solid starts to the year. Sergio Garcia will hope to use his vast matchplay experience to his advantage over Jaidee.
Matt Kuchar 6 vs Hiroyuki Fujita 11
Matt Kuchar had a good run at the 2012 event, eventually losing to Hunter Mahan in the quarter-final. Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita will be making his first appearance of the season at Dove Mountain.