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Alternate Shot: Opinions on a match play major

2/20/2005

It was almost a full century ago that Grantland Rice wrote, "Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than nineteen years of dealing with him across the desk."

Most weeks on the PGA Tour, players are -- in a sense -- dealing with each other "across the desk." They play golf in groups, chit-chat on the driving range and maybe even grab a meal together, but any tour member worth his weight in public relations will tell you that golf is all about playing your best against the course, rather than focusing on beating an individual competitor.

That theory goes out the window at this week's Accenture Match Play Championship, where players don't have to be great, just better than their opponent that day.

Which got us to thinking: If match play is such a terrific format, why not incorporate it into one of the four majors? Golf World's Ron Sirak and ESPN.com's Bob Harig debate the issue in our version of match play -- Alternate Shot.

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