WGC - Accenture Match Play - Semifinals
After crazy days with snow in Arizona and all four top seeds getting bumped after the first two rounds, we are finally back to normal at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Two rounds on Saturday were not expected but everything worked out fine and we are left with a great Sunday Final Four. True golf fans cannot dislike any of the remaining four players (well maybe).
The weather wanted to get in the way again on Saturday with an early frost delay but the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship got off as expected and was able to finish both rounds. With 12 of the top 16 players in the field already gone, there were not many options for upsets but there was certainly not a lot of drama. In Round 3, only one match made it to #18 when Steve Stricker took out Scott Piercy 1 up. Four of the eight matches didn’t even make it past #15.
The quarterfinals saw some tighter matches with Jason Day and Hunter Mahan both winning 1 up while Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter were able to close out their matches on #16. There is no true underdog left as we have two defending champions remaining (Poulter and Mahan), a player who is 13-3 in this event (Kuchar) and the unflappable Aussie (Day) which makes for some exciting golf in the semifinals on Sunday.
Listed are two Semifinal Round Matchup Best Bets (all for 2 Units):
Hunter Mahan +120 over Ian Poulter
Hunter Mahan is the underdog despite being the defending champion and rightfully so…sort of. Considering Ian Poulter took as much time off as he did and is playing as well as he is, is impressive. He is now an incredible 19-3-2 in his last 24 matches in this format which is off the charts. But the fact that Mahan has gone 151 consecutive holes without trailing is even more impressive. This is going to be an incredible match if it plays out like it should and the value is on the defending champion.
Matt Kuchar -140 over Jason Day
As much as I hate taking the chalk, I have to back Matt Kuchar here. He is still alive in our futures at 30-1 and we can root along for that only but we has a good edge here. He took out one of the hottest players in the tournament in Robert Garrigus as he started strong and would not led down, building a four-hole lead and winning 3 and 2. Jason Day defeated two Majors winners in one day and while he played well in the quarters, his opponent Graeme McDowell gave it to him.
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- December 7, 2016 - 7:30 PM
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1* Minnesota (7:35 ET): Though only 4th in their own division (Central), I actually have the Wild rated as the top team in the Western Conference right now. After concluding a three-game trek though Western Canada w/ a 2-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday, I believe the team has been severely mispriced as they get set to hit the other end of the country
Ironically, Toronto also just concluded a three-game trip through Western Canada. Like the Wild, they beat Edmonton, but lost to Vancouver and Calgary. Unlike the Wild, the Leafs' trip started in Edmonton and worked its way West. Though 10-9-5 overall, Toronto still finds itself in last place in the division as the Atlantic is shaping up to be quite challenging this year. While they've been far better at home than on the road, the Leafs still don't deserve to be the ML favorites in this matchup. They are just 5-11 SU playing w/ three days rest by the way. They are 28th in goals allowed plus were shutout in Calgary last week. The goaltending they'll face here is far stiffer.
What I like about Minnesota is the fact they are 2nd in the league in goals allowed and first in save percentage. Paced by Devan Dubnyk (league leader at .948), the Wild have outscored opponents so far by 15 goals. Dubnyk already has four shutouts and his GAA is 1.63. It's a massive edge for him over Toronto's Frederik Andersen. The Wild have won all five meetings with the Maple Leafs the last three seasons, including a 3-2 home win back in October. Great value here on the better team. 1* Minnesota