By Lewis Pacelli
Day 3 in Arizona was one we will never forget, as we achieved our first big money win with the 8-fold accumulator at 76/1. Bubba Watson and Jason Day made us wait for it however, after both their matches went down to playoffs after both players missed chances to win during the 18. Bubba looked horrendous inside 10 feet, missing two putts to defeat Jim Furyk, whilst rookie Russell Henley produced an outstanding bunker shot on the 17th to be able to take the match “down the 18th ” before holing a 12 footer and squaring the match. Our hearts were completely out of control and Budweiser bottle caps were strewn across the floor, watching the last two of our bets too and fro between winning losing.
Once Bubba holed his putt on the 22nd hole of their match, we screamed like you would at a football match, jumping like you would at a rave. To us, matchplay can excite more than strokeplay and should be a bigger part of the tour. It brings in a younger audience, because of its drama and even though purists may disagree, golf is changing. The crowds were once again losing their heads yesterday, the atmosphere that can only be seen at this sort of event.
As for the other matches, Poulter looked in control once more, easing past Bo Van Pelt, whilst Mahan and Kuchar both shook off the challenges of Sterne and Garcia respectively. Nicolas Colsaerts looks ominous, with his long hitting defeating Justin Rose and Irishman Shane Lowry absolutely battered Carl Petterson, adding to his scalp of McIlroy on Thursday.
As for proceedings today, the 3rd round matches are very interesting. Kaymer Vs Mahan brings real intrigue, whilst the winner of Colsaerts and Kuchar could go all the way. We do have a cheeky 7-fold accumulator, which we hope can bring as much as excitement as yesterday!
DownThe18th’s Day 4 Bets
Day 4 Match Accumulator
All to win: Poulter – Watson – Stricker – Garrigus – McDowell – Mahan – Simpson (Paddy Power 46/1)
We will also be posting up as soon as the 3rd round is complete for the Quarter-final matches.