After getting off to an ideal start with a win on Wednesday at the WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods lost his second match to Brandt Snedeker on Thursday, though he certainly put up a good fight. But it wasn’t enough, and now Woods is in need of a victory over Patrick Cantlay on Friday and in need of some serious help from Aaron Wise.
Because Snedeker and Cantlay halved their match on Wednesday, then each won their matches on Thursday, they are each at 1-0-1, and that half point is crucial. Even if Woods can beat Cantlay, he would still get knocked out if Snedeker beats Wise on Friday because Sneds’ record of 2-0-1 would be better than Woods’ record of 2-1-0 thanks to the half point Sneds earned on Wednesday. If Wise can beat Snedeker and Woods beats Cantlay, Tiger is in. Of course, Cantlay would like to advance as well, and a win for him would put him at 2-0-1, at least guaranteeing himself a spot in a playoff with Snedeker were he to beat Wise. If Cantlay wins and Snedeker loses or halves his match with Wise, Cantlay is in. For things to get really nuts, a Tiger win and a Snedeker halve would set up a playoff with Tiger and Sneds.
Got all that?
You’ve got to really love the simplicity of the Match Play, am I right? Cripes.
Anyway, Woods goes off at 11:15 a.m. ET at Austin Country Club against Cantlay. Keep it right here for all the important updates from their match, as well as Snedeker and Wise’s match, which will go off at 11:26 a.m.
(All times ET)
11:01 a.m.: In case my rambling second paragraph didn’t cover it all or it just confused the hell out of you, this tweet from Tiger Tracker should help:
I officially have a headache.