Here’s what I love about match play. It gives golfers who otherwise carry themselves with class a chance to disparage a fellow player. There’s gamesmanship involved. There’s trash talk. There are icy glares and muffled words. Walter Hagen would be proud.
So far, the Accenture WGC Match Play hasn’t disappointed. In the second round Rickie Fowler sneaked by Jimmy Walker one up before rubbing the defeat in Walker’s face on Twitter:
It’s always tough playing friends…enjoyed it today @JimmyWalkerPGA…we threw some good punches at each other!
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) February 20, 2014
Fowler wasn’t done though. In his next tweet he called out third round opponent Sergio Garcia after the Spaniard had the audacity to call Fowler “colorful.”:
Good win today. Really enjoyed playing with Billy. @RickieFowlerPGA looking forward to a nice and colorful match with you tomorrow !
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) February 20, 2014
The 25 year old wasn’t the only one stirring things up on social media. After last week’s victory, it seems Bubba Watson has rediscovered his confidence, all but guaranteeing another win:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) February 21, 2014
And then there’s the beaten Rory McIlroy, who shared some choice words with second round foe Harris English:
Disappointing not to advance today but @Harris_English was very solid. Positives to take from the last 2 days. Looking forward to the Honda!
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) February 21, 2014
English, on the other hand, was so unimpressed with his first two opponents that he failed to tag them in his victory tweets:
Moving on to the 2nd round! Had a great match with Lee, such a great guy that I’ve respected for a long time. Looking forward to tomorrow — Harris English (@Harris_English) February 20, 2014
Awesome match with Rory today..a grind until the very end. Such a genuine guy and fierce competitor. Very fortunate to be moving on!
— Harris English (@Harris_English) February 21, 2014
This is what golf fans live for.