It's so refreshing the PGA Tour takes a break this week (although there's a stroke play event in Peurto Rico) from the norm for a little match play. This is the second year for a different format but who doesn't like the intrigue and head to head golf that this week will showcase in Austin, Texas at the private Austin Country Club. The city of Austin has long been on my bucket list to visit not only for the golf but it's history, music, food and atmosphere. This week will only spur on my need to visit.
Harvey Penick (pictured), one of golfs greatest teachers, was born in Austin. Caddying by the time he was 8, he goes on to be the head pro at ACC (1923-73) and golf coach at UT (1931-63).
The Austin Country Club looks to be a very interesting test of golf for those playing this weeks Dell Match Play. The Austin Country Club was founded in 1899 and consists of an 18-hole Pete Dye design golf course.
The course facts from PGATour.com
COURSE: Austin Country Club, 7,073 yards, par 71. Founded in 1899, Austin CC is believed to be the oldest golf club in Texas, though it has relocated twice since the end of World War II. Its current site overlooking Lake Austin has been home since 1984, when Pete Dye completed a design featuring two markedly different nines. The front nine is on higher ground and typical of the surrounding Texas hill country, while the “lowlands” nine runs alongside Lake Austin and should provide a spectacular backdrop for finishing matches. The WGC Dell Match Play is the first TOUR-related event in Austin since a PGA TOUR Champions stop from 2003-09. The city also was the original site of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge from 1978-94
After filling out my bracket I got Rory Vs. Rickie in final (Rickie wins)and Charley Hoffman Vs. Phil Mickelson (Hoffman wins) in the consolation match. who do you have?