Who -- Tiger Woods and Tim Clark
When -- Thursday at 2:02 PM ET
How They Got Here -- Tiger took down Jones 3 and 2, Clark beat Retief Goosen 3 and 2
How'd They Play -- Tiger had two eagles, three birdies, eight pars and three bogeys in 16 holes. Clark made five birdies, 11 pars, and no bogeys. Woods' round might have been flashier on Wednesday, but Clark's was more consistent.
What's Their Record? -- Woods is now 32-6, while Clark is just 2-5.
Best Accenture Finish -- Tiger has three wins. Clark's best is a t-17.
Extra Advantage -- The biggest difference in Clark's game compared to Tiger's is probably off the tee. In stroke play, having your opponent miles ahead of you might not be nearly as mentally frustrating as it will be in match play, when you have to play hole by hole.
What to Expect -- Since coverage focused mainly on Tiger Wednesday, it is easier to critique his round. When you take a lot of time off from tournament golf, a couple of things are easy to lose -- touch and feel. Tiger struggled today with his short-iron shots and his putting was decent but not great. He won against a player that struggled early with the spotlight, but if Woods wants to continue to advance, he will have to improve in both of those categories.
How Will it Play Out? -- I see Tiger winning this one fairly easily. Clark isn't a great match-play golfer and Tiger is one of the best ever. Woods wasn't as sharp as he'd like to be today, but he won, and that is all that matters. I see Woods working some stuff out on the range after his Wednesday round and coming out with a round under his belt and full confidence in his knee. Dove Mountain seems to benefit the longer hitter, and Tiger was brilliant off the tee Wednesday. If he keeps hitting fairways, the short-iron shots will become sharper and sharper. Look for another match ending on 16.