Match Play: Seen and heard

2011-02-24T00:00:00Z 2011-02-24T00:05:58Z Match Play: Seen and heard Arizona Daily Star
February 24, 2011 12:00 am

Day games

Rookie Jason Day hadn't participated in match play in five years, when he was 18 years old and an amateur. So the Aussie had to dust off a few mind games to play Kyung-tae Kim.

Here's what he did:

• Made Kim putt a 1 1/2-footer on the first hole instead of letting him pick it up. "Just to, y'know, say 'I'm not going to give you any of those,' " he said. "Just to know that, y'know, it's going to be a hard match to play."

• Walked in front of Kim on the fairway, all day long. "Just to show him that I was there," he said, "show him that I'm still around."

• Played situational golf. When Kim hit a shot into the rough on the first hole, Day changed clubs, from a 3-wood to a safer iron. "Just little things like that," Day said. "If someone hits in the rubbish, you've got to, you know, take the risk versus reward," he said. Day was unapologetic for the tricks.

"There's no nice guys out here," he said. "You're friends with them, but it's me versus the guy I'm playing against."

Celeb bracket

Tim Tebow thinks Phil Mickelson will win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Billy Bush, the host of "Access Hollywood," took Tiger Woods. Same with Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The PGA Tour website asked six celebrities to fill out their Match Play brackets. Shockingly, only half took either Mickelson or Woods. Actor Lucas Black - you remember him from "Jarhead," among other films - took Rickie Fowler over Martin Kaymer.

Ken Casey, the bassist and vocalist for the band Dropkick Murphys, liked Dustin Johnson to beat Steve Stricker.

And Larry Wilmore, best-known as a "Daily Show" correspondent, took Paul Casey over Graeme McDowell.

Quotable

"McI"

The first three letters of a skywriter's word, ruined by wind, until the pilot gave up and flew away. It makes one wonder: Were they spelling Rory McIlroy's name? Placing an ad for McDonald's?

The big number

3

Consecutive matches that went extra holes to start the tournament. Matches between Ian Poulter and Stewart Cink, Alvaro Quiros and Y.E. Yang, and Ernie Els and Jeff Overton all went long.

Good deal

Want to attend the tournament Sunday?

Come out this week and spend some cash at the gift shop.

How's this for a smokin' deal? For every $75 spent at the gift shop near the driving range, fans will receive a ticket to Sunday's semifinals and final.

As an aside, all WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship logo gear is usually on sale on Sundays.

Englishmen

Jack Norwood and Sarah Clark were easy to spot on the course Wednesday. The two donned England gear from head to toe - Norwood a soccer jersey, Clark a T-shirt with matching shoes.

The two Londoners were on vacation in San Diego and decided to drive to Tucson to follow their countrymen - specifically Luke Donald, who won 6 and 5. The two grew fond of him last year when they also used a vacation to travel to Tucson.

"I suppose he's the nicest guy," Clark said. "We know his caddie now."

Six Englishmen participated in the event: Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Ross Fisher, Justin Rose and Donald. Norwood said it was a matter of national pride.

"You're proud to come out and support those guys, aren't you?" he said.

Outfit of the day

Rickie Fowler wore an electric green Puma golf shirt. His matching hat featured an offset white Puma logo on the lower left quadrant of the hat, along with a white stripe along the front of the bill. But the kicker - beneath his white pants were matching green cleats.

Patrick Finley

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