By Lewis Pacelli
It was another day full of drama and tension as 3 of our main 4 picks were battling it out in the Quarterfinals. But what a successful day it was! At the start of the week we put on the blog a lucky 15 involving them all to win their individual brackets. The men involved were Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter and Matt Kuchar. Of course we lost Charl Schwartzel early on but the others battled on. It was looking very lively once the latter two made it through with ease with Mahan and Simpson still out on the 14th green. Watching Mahan finally seal it on the 18th against Webb Simpson did no good for our blood pressures, however it was all worth it once we saw that putt sink in the cup! It certainly made our betting account look a lot healthier! It was also very pleasing to see a few people follow our selections on the blog this week and come out with quite a bit of money at the end of it. Also with our 3 picks making up the final 4 of the it means DownThe18th has a guarenteed finalist at the Match Plays this week.
It turned out to be a very gutsy performance from Hunter Mahan, we were impressed with how he battled a formidable opponent and the American is now unbeaten in 10 matches in this format! Our #1 selection Matt Kuchar outplayed Robert Garrigus to win 3&2, with neither really setting the course alight. Garrigus was very wayward on the front 9, giving Kuchar too many chances to pull in front and once he did, it never looked like it would go any other way. As for Ian Poulter, we are running out of superlatives for him at DownThe18th. The Englishman shot numerous birdies and an eagle on his way to a comfortable victory over Steve Stricker. He is rightly now installed as tournament favourite. Quick mention to Jason Day, who dispatched Greame McDowell and now finds himself against the in-form Kuchar.
Of course today could go either way, but Poulter for us looks incredible and Mahan will have to play some quality stuff to even get close to him today. In the other semi-final Matt Kuchar is favourite and you have to believe with the form he is in Jason Day will be someone he can overcome.
Ian Poulter v Hunter Mahan
Matt Kuchar v Jason Day