Don’t forget to fill out a bracket for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Bracket Challenge. I picked Rory McIlroy to defeat Zach Johnson in the finals. I’d like to hear who you picked to win in the comments section below.
Rory McIlroy makes his 2014 U.S. debut this week, and is pleased with the state of his game:
The game is in great shape, I feel. I haven’t hit the ball as well for a long time.
I spent a couple of days with Dave Stockton here. I was a little disappointed how I putted [on] the weekend in Dubai. It was nice to catch up with him, and have him take a look at it.
But, yeah, everything else is – compared to this time last year, it’s so much different. You don’t have to go through any changes of equipment, don’t have to answer the questions. It just seems like it’s a lot more settled. I can just go about my business, and play my golf.”
McIlroy finished T6 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November, and won the Australian Open a few weeks later. In 2014, McIlroy has two top-tens on the European Tour, and he is currently seventh in the World Golf Rankings.
McIlroy’s first round opponent is Boo Weekley. He will be looking to get off to a fast start, and make a lot of birdies:
Because it’s 18‑hole match play, you have to get off to a fast start. You have to be ready to go from the get‑go…Obviously you have to choose the right time to be aggressive, but just try and make as many birdies as you can.