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  • The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play kicks off this Wednesday with group play. The format changed to this style in 2015 in hopes of keeping some of the big names around even if they have a bad day and the decision has seemed to work if you look at the finals we've had. In 2015 it was Rory McIlroy defeating Gary Woodland. Two years ago we had Jason Day take down Louis Oosthuizen in the finals and last year we got Dustin Johnson sneaking past Jon Rahm in a tight affair in Austin. The full bracket is right here and some of the notable matches for Wednesday that I'm looking at include Justin Thomas versus Luke List, Spieth versus Charl Schwartzel, Rory up against Peter Uihlein and Phil Mickelson taking on Charles Howell III. 
  • The match everyone is pumped to watch is Spieth versus Patrick Reed on Friday. The U.S. teammates will be going at it a week after Reed was overheard mentioning Spieth's name after being upset about a drop, and as hard as us in the media are trying to make this a thing, Spieth has already said the trash talk will be to a minimum. Bummer. 
  • Speaking of Spieth, a little off-course news courtesy of the Forecaddie; his agent, Jay Danzi, is leaving Lagardère Sports USA the Monday after the Masters and taking Spieth with him. 
  • ESPN the Magazine released something they are calling "the Dominant 20," celebrating the 20 most dominant athletes of the past 20 years. The person atop it? Tiger Woods. The golfers don't stop there, with Annika Sorenstam coming in at No. 6.
  • Brooks Koepka announced he won't be playing in the Masters this year, pointing to an injured wrist that has had him sidelined since January. The 2017 U.S. Open champion has improved at Augusta National in each of his three starts there, finishing T-33 in 2015, T-21 in '16 and T-11 last year. 
  • A Rex Hoggard three-read here; According to a Rex report, players were told this week that the format for the 2020 Olympics will be the same as Rio, meaning 72-holes of stroke play once again. Let me be the first to say "Boooooooooooooo" on this. I guess I need to find supplies to sit on this Olympic match play hill of mine for four more years. 
  • Rex wrote a great piece on Brad Faxon as "the putting stroke whisperer." 
  • And finally, Rex on the gamesmanship that goes down this week over all the other weeks considering the format and how players all of a sudden are playing one-on-one and not one-on-142.
  • Spieth with a fun story about being a kid and asking Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson for autographs only to have Lefty blow him off
  • In the least shocking news of the week, TigerWoods.com subtly put on the schedule that Woods will be at the Masters this year for the first time in three years. 
  • Speaking of Woods, there is a New York Times review of the new Tiger Woods book that comes out soon titled "Tiger Woods." The book sounds extremely juicy for those that want as much Tiger in their lives as possible.
  • I jumped on the latest Golfer's Journal podcast with No Laying Up's Chris Solomon to talk about my piece in Issue 3 surrounding the unreal experience that was a round at Whistling Rock in South Korea. 
Video of the Day
Relive the Tiger-Stephen Ames match that will always be remembered by the most unforgettable line in match play history; "anything can happen." 9&8 was that anything.
How Many Days Until the Majors & Ryder Cup?
The Masters: 15 Days
The U.S. Open: 84 Days
The Open: 121 Days
The PGA Championship: 141 Days
The Ryder Cup: 161 Days
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Ep. 93 with Bernhard Langer

The PGA Tour Champions is back in action this week and Bernhard Langer is looking to get his season going as we sit a couple of weeks out from the Masters.

Can a 60-year-old win against the youngsters at the opening major championship of the season? Langer thinks so!
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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Odds
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Justin Thomas 10/1
Jon Rahm 12/1
Jason Day 14/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Paul Casey 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Alex Noren 30/1
Tyrrell Hatton 40/1
Marc Leishman 40/1

Odds courtesy of Golfodds.com
Old Golf Shots That Never Get Old
When I think of this match play event over the years, my mind always goes to the ridiculousness that was Victor Dubuisson in 2014. As a man that finds himself in the desert a lot in Arizona, I feel like the appreciation is ramped up for the two saves Dubuisson pulled off against Jason Day in that championship match, eventually losing to Day on the 23rd hole because, apparently, Dubuisson had run out of magic tricks to show the world.
Set Your DVR Alert
Wednesday, March 21
2 - 8 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day One (Golf Channel)

Thursday, March 22
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, First Round (Golf Channel)
2 - 8 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Two (Golf Channel)
8:30 - 10:30 PM ET: Kia Classic, First Round (Golf Channel)

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Second Round (Golf Channel)
2 - 8 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Three (Golf Channel)
8:30 - 10:30 PM ET: Kia Classic, Second Round (Golf Channel)
10:30 PM - 12:30 AM ET: Rapiscan Systems Classic, First Round (Golf Channel)

Saturday, March 25
10 AM - 2 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Four (Golf Channel)
2 - 6 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Four (NBC)
2 - 5 PM ET: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Third Round (Golf Channel)
5 - 7 PM ET: Rapiscan Systems Classic, Second Round (Golf Channel)
7 - 9 PM ET: Kia Classic, Third Round (Golf Channel)

Sunday, March 26
10 AM - 2 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Five (Golf Channel)
2:30 - 5 PM ET: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Final Round (Golf Channel)
3 - 7 PM ET: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Day Five (NBC)
5 - 7 PM ET: Rapiscan Systems Classic, Final Round (Golf Channel)
7 - 9 PM ET: Kia Classic, Final Round (Golf Channel)
The Wednesday / Thursday / Friday broadcasts will begin at 10:15AM/ET.  PGA Tour Live will move to Featured Holes coverage at 4:00PM/ET. Featured Hole Coverage consists of the 13th (Par-4) and 17th (Par-3). 
 
WEDNESDAY
Broadcast time: 10:15AM/ET - 8:00PM/ET
Twitter Window: 10:15AM/ET – approx. 11:25AM/ET
Featured Matches
10:52 AM/ET: Justin Thomas vs. Luke List
11:03 AM/ET: Francesco Molinari vs. Patton Kizzire
 
At 12:20PM/ET, PGA Tour Live will pick up the match of Jordan Spieth vs. Charl Schwartzel on the 1st tee.
 
THURSDAY
Broadcast time: 10:15AM/ET - 8:00PM/ET
Twitter Window: 10:15AM/ET – approx. 11:15AM/ET
Featured Matches
10:52 AM/ET: Jordan Spieth vs. Haotong Li
11:36 AM/ET: Jason Day vs. Jason Dufner
 
FRIDAY
Broadcast time: 10:15AM/ET - 8:00PM/ET
Twitter Window: 10:15AM/ET – approx. 11:15AM/ET
Featured Matches
TBD based on competition
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