WGC-Cadillac Match Play: When golf is like tennis, 'minus the grunting'

April 29, 2015

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The WGC-Cadillac Match Play is different, Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson writes, and that is its greatest appeal. "[E]veryone looks forward to the Match Play Championship. It's the one time of the year golf is like tennis, minus the grunting. There will be 96 matches over the next three days to determine the 16 players who advance out of their four-man groups, and then 15 single-elimination matches after that to determine a winner. If it's so compelling, why not do this more often?"


Jordan Spieth in practice round for WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Getty Images)

English star Charley Hull "positively exudes the wow' factor Rory McIlroy had at the same age," Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail. "Her plan is to be the best player in the world at 21 — the year McIlroy reached the summit — which might be a tall order given the present incumbent happens to be 13 months younger and won yet again in America on Sunday."


Solheim Cup pressure? What pressure? Not on the European side, according to its captain Carin Koch. "I think it's the U.S. team that has the most pressure because they've lost the last two matches and losing three in a row wouldn't be that much fun," Koch said in this Reuters story by Tony Jimenez.


Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland grew up with a Catholic mother and a Protestant father, which "gave him a unique perspective on life," helpful in coping with the Olympic question: Would he represent Ireland or Great Britain? Amanda Ferguson has the story in the Belfast Telegraph.