Thursday, May 20, 2010

Why Miyazato, Wie should be paired at Sybase Match Play

Listed below are the Round One pairings for the Sybase Match Play Championship. I'll be curious to see if Ai Miyazato, winner of three LPGA events this season, will be as successful in match-play as in stroke play.

I also want Michelle Wie to make a move into the second round. Match play may be a better format for Wie because she can move past the blow-up holes, regroup and take back control of her round.

Wouldn't it be exciting to see a final round pairing of Wie vs Miyazato? Michelle should probably be paired against Ai in order to learn better how to keep emotions under control. Perhaps Wie may struggle at first but instinct may then prevail with great final round action.

As Michelle mentioned in her pre-tournament interview this week, "It's kind of nice to change it up a bit. I remember I played a lot more match play in amateur events in USGA golf. It's nice to switch it up."

8:50 a.m. Morgan Pressel (14) vs. Jimin Kang (56) 
9:06 a.m. Suzann Pettersen (3) vs. Juli Inkster (35)
9:30 a.m. Jee Young Lee (27) vs. Christina Kim (40)
10:16 a.m. Ai Miyazato (2) vs. Jeong Jang (51)
10:40 a.m. Stacy Lewis (26) vs. Amanda Blumenherst (55)
11:16 a.m. Candie Kung (29) vs. Natalie Gulbis (44)
11:32 a.m. Momoko Ueda (21) vs. Vicky Hurst (37)
11:56 a.m. Cristie Kerr (5) vs. Meaghan Francella (53)
12:08 p.m. Se Ri Pak (17) vs. Azahara Munoz (54)
12:16 p.m. Brittany Lincicome (16) vs. Beatriz Recari (62)
12:32 p.m. Jiyai Shin (1) vs. Kyeong Bae (42)
1:04 p.m. Michelle Wie (8) vs. Stacy Prammanasudh (50)

Golf Channel coverage for the first round of the Sybase Match Play Championship is:

            1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST (Live)
            6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST (Tape Delayed)

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