With the Florida swing over, the PGA Tour heads to Texas for the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. The second of four World Golf Championships on the schedule, this is the only one that deviates from traditional stroke-play format. The field of 64 players is divided into 16 groups of four with round-robin play over the first three days starting on Wednesday. The winners from each bracket will advance to the weekend’s round of 16. After that, single-elimination knockout matches take place through the final round until a champion is crowned. BookMaker.eu tabbed Rory McIlroy as the betting favorite to win the event, but there will be odds posted for each of the three round-robin matches. Bubba Watson is the defending champion.
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Tommy Fleetwood -153 vs. Byeong Hun An +122
Louis Oosthuizen -165 vs. Kyle Stanley +131
Bryson DeChambeau -150 vs. Russell Knox +120
Marc Leishman -160 vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat +127
Tony Finau -180 vs. Keith Mitchell +143
Ian Poulter -165 vs. Kevin Kisner +131
Brooks Koepka -220 vs. Tom Lewis +172
Alex Noren -130 vs. HaoTong Li +100
Paul Casey -200 vs. Abraham Ancer +158
Cameron Smith -115 vs. Charles Howell III -115
Francesco Molinari -205 vs. Satoshi Kodaira +161
Webb Simpson -165 vs. Thorbjorn Olesen +131
Bubba Watson -180 vs. Kevin Na +143
Jordan Spieth -140 vs. Billy Horschel +110
Justin Rose -200 vs. Emiliano Grillo +158
Gary Woodland -135 vs. Eddie Pepperell +105
Jason Day -150 vs. Jim Furyk +120
Phil Mickelson -103 vs. Henrik Stenson -127
Justin Thomas -240 vs. Lucas Bjerregaard +186
Keegan Bradley -115 vs. Matt Wallace -115
Tiger Woods -170 vs. Aaron Wise +135
Patrick Cantlay -140 vs. Brandt Snedeker +110
Rory McIlroy -225 vs. Luke List +176
Matthew Fitzpatrick -180 vs. Justin Harding +143
Xander Schauffele -160 vs. Lee Westwood +127
Rafa Cabrera Bello -130 vs. Tyrrell Hatton +100
Jon Rahm -220 vs. Si Woo Kim +172
Matt Kuchar -160 vs. J.B. Holmes +127
Patrick Reed -160 vs. Andrew Putnam +127
Sergio Garcia -160 vs. Shane Lowry +127
Dustin Johnson -245 vs. Chez Reavie +190
Hideki Matsuyama -160 vs. Branden Grace +127
Need To Know
The match play and round-robin format over the first three days open a number of different betting options. Odds will be posted for each of the three round-robin matches that take place over the first three days of the tournament. Each player will go head-to-head with the others in his group with the winner advancing to the round of 16. The layout at Austin CC is breathtaking. It’s as if the field will be playing two separate courses the way it’s broken up. The front nine rolls through the Texas hills while the back nine play alongside the Colorado River and Lake Austin. Players shouldn’t get too caught up in the course, though. The format requires more attention to ones opponent and his own game. The key areas in taming this track are tee-to-green accuracy and a strong short game. The ability to play the wind is also a factor.
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Matchup Picks
Tommy Fleetwood -153 vs. Byeong Hun An
Given his performance at the Ryder Cup where he helped Europe to victory by going 4-1, along with his display at the EurAsia Cup and a quarterfinal appearance at Harding Park in 2015, Fleetwood has shown a strong liking to the match play format. Recent form has been solid as well with a strong showing on the Florida swing. Fleetwood earned a T3 at Bay Hill and a T5 at TPC Sawgrass. He’s proven to be a strong match play competitor and his recent form is among the best in the field. It’s hard to look away from Fleetwood in this matchup even though the payout isn’t lucrative.
Ian Poulter -165 vs. Kevin Kisner
Another match play star, Poulter had his share of success at the Ryder Cup adding to his dominant match play resume. He won this event in 2010 at Dove Mountain and followed that with a win at Volvo World Match Play in 2011. It appears as though Poulter is built for match play competition. He’s played Austin before going 3 for 3 in group play before exiting in the quarterfinals. And he enters with solid numbers of four top-10s this year with a T3 at WGC Mexico.
Bubba Watson -180 vs. Kevin Na
This is a perplexing matchup, mainly due to Watson’s dislike of the match play format. He has stated publicly that he doesn’t like it and he votes every year to eliminate match play competition from the schedule citing the unfairness in the scoring. That hasn’t prevented him from playing well in these types of events. Bubba knocked out Kevin Kisner 7&6 in last year’s championship round, and he’s reached the quarterfinals five times and the semifinals twice. Watson speaks his mind, but when it comes time to tee it up he’s one of the best and I’ll lean his way until he proves otherwise.
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Mobile betting lines are updated by the minute so click here to start gambling on thrilling live action at BookMaker.eu. The WGC Dell Technologies Match Play is scheduled for March 27-31 and can be seen on Golf Channel and NBC.