On paper, it’s probably fair to say that the four Koreans teeing it up this week will be pretty pleased with the group draw made today.
World number 45, Jeung-hun Wang, will certainly fancy his chances against Hatton, Cabrera Bello and Howell III. Having won two of his European Tour titles via a playoff, Wang has proven that he has the mentality to cope with the matchplay format. He also secured a half point against the much fancied Ross Fisher at the 2016 EurAsia Cup. Cabrera Bello should provide the toughest test based on his impressive Ryder Cup last year, but matchplay events have a tendency to not follow expected outcomes, so we will just have to wait and see.
This week, Ben An slipped outside the world’s top 50 for the first time since October 2015. He has been in decent form of late and will fancy his chances against Casey, Schwartzel and Luiten. This looks like a very competitive group.
After making his first cut in 6 months last week, Siwoo Kim should have gained some much needed confidence. He will need every bit of it against Mickelson, Holmes and Berger. This will be an extremely tough test for Kim, but exactly what he needs to potentially kickstart his year.
Another tough group awaits KT Kim. There’s no doubting the fighting spirit of Willett and Knox. And as for Haas, well he won the crucial point for the US Team against Sang Moon Bae at the 2015 Presidents Cup in Korea. Time for revenge KT!
The WGC Dell Matchplay starts on Wednesday this week.
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