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Six Fixes For The Match Play

February 2014
With the WGC-Accenture Match Play in the final year of its current iteration, the event we all love has to get better going forward. The PGA Tour is to be commended for creating a match play event when everyone told them it was terrible for television, sponsors and players. Now too many great moments have occurred to just let it continue its descent into irrelevance. Going forward, these are ways to consider saving, and improving, an already fine tournament.
Jimmy Walker
Selection committee. If the solutions for the format seem too radical, how about we at least explore an end to using the world rankings to determine the seedings, and introduce an NCAA basketball-like selection committee that seeds the players. After all, Hunter Mahan, a former winner of the event and who is playing solid golf right now, is an eight seed. Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk are coming off winter breaks, yet have high seedings? Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth are red hot and deserve better seedings than they have. A committee could remedy this. There'd also be discussion generated by the move and maybe even a little good controversy, which never hurts the NCAA Tournament!
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