The world of golf is also home to a form of March Madness. Starting this Wednesday is the WGC Dell Match Play from Austin, Texas. The WGC stands for World Golf Championships. The WGC events are a set of four annual events that were created by the International Federation of PGA Tours. This event is very unique because it does not use a stroke play format like all of the other regular PGA Tour events. It uses a match play format. Match play is a contest between 2 players where the winner is the player who wins the most holes, rather than the golfer who takes the least strokes at the conclusion of their round. This unique format enables a winner to sometimes be determined before the 18 holes are finished.
Traditionally, this WGC followed a similar format to the basketball March Madness tournament in that both were a single-elimination tournament comprised of 64 participants. This year, the WGC is using a slightly different format. The bracket has been split into 16 pools of 4 players that will play a round robin against one another. The golfer with the best record in each pool advances to the sweet sixteen. From here, the event turns to single-elimination with the exception of the 3rd place match that occurs on Sunday. The rounds of 16 and 8 will be played on Saturday and the final 4 and championship matches will be held Sunday. These weekend matches will require the winners to play 36 holes each day.
I made a bracket and it can be viewed at the top of this article. This golf bracket is not like the basketball bracket in that a 16 seed can easily beat a 1 seed. In golf, the talent disparity is not nearly as widespread as in basketball. This means that anyone who tees off has a chance of winning and moving on in the tournament.