The marquee matchup in the round of 16, as I envision it, features a WGC-Match Play legend and a former U.S. Amateur champion.
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and France’s Victor Dubuisson could square off in a battle of two who have played some of their best golf in match play. Ramsay beat Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler en route to the 2006 U.S. Amateur championship.
Dubuisson pulled off clutch shot after clutch shot to take Jason Day to 23 holes in the WGC finals in 2014.
Ramsay’s shown more form of late with a T8 at the Porsche European Open and a T2 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July, so he’s my pick to advance.
Edoardo Molinari was one of the surprise winners of the season. Conversely, Otaegui appears due for his first career win one of these weeks.
Not even a winner on the Challenge Tour, Otaegui has abundance of runner-ups and top-fives to his name. Coming off four straight top-20s, including a T5 in his last start at the European Open, I’ve got him beating the known name in Molinari to move on to the quarterfinals.
- Matthew Southgate vs. Marcus Fraser
- Paul Peterson vs. Anthony Wall
- Matthieu Pavon vs. Nacho Elvira
- David Drysdale vs. Daniel Im
- Richie Ramsay vs. Victor Dubuisson
- Edoardo Molinari vs. Adrian Otaegui
- Paul Dunne vs. Richard Bland
- Ashun Wu vs. James Morrison