Your Guide for Betting on the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Online

Post by: Mike Philipps

It’s March, and that means brackets everywhere, including in the world of professional golf. The best players in the world take a break from the normal stroke play format and adopt match play for the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event. Austin Country Club (par 71, 7,073 yards) in Austin, Texas is the venue for the second straight year. A Pete Dye design, Austin Country Club is known for its dramatic elevation changes, deep pot bunkers and its regular offers of big risk/reward shots.


Where to Bet on the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Online

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50% up to $250
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50% up to $2,500
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75% up to $1,000

The field consists of the top 64 available players from the Official World Golf Rankings as of March 13 and were re-seeded by the rankings as of March 20. This will be the second year of a new round-robin format where, from Wednesday through Friday, each player squares off against every other player in his four-man “pod.” There will be 16 four-man pods, each headlined by one of the top-16 seeds.

The remainder of each pod is filled out through a random draw, with one player coming from each of the following seed ranges: 17th to 32nd, 33rd to 48th and 49th to 64th. The player with the best record in each pod advances to the field of 16, where the event resumes its single-elimination format. The round of 16 and the quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday, while the semifinals, finals and consolation matches are scheduled for Sunday, so a player that goes deep could end up playing as many as 126 holes in five days.

Last year, Jason Day became the third multiple-time winner of the match play event, besting Louis Oosthuizen 5 & 4 in the finals. Day, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, bested Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy on his way to the finals.

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Betting Odds

Before we get into individual picks and player write-ups, we begin today with a look at the current betting odds for each of the top-20 favourites. Our purpose here is to give you a quick look the best players in the field and compare the prices as offered by each of the best golf bookmakers. You can also visit each bookmaker for a full price list of the entire field.

 ComeOnBet365Betsafe
Rory McIlroy7/17/17/1
Dustin Johnson8/18/18/1
Jordan Spieth39/410/111/1
Jason Day16/116/116/1
Hideki Matsuyama19/120/120/1
Jon Rahm21/122/125/1
Sergio Garcia25/125/128/1
Justin Thomas28/128/128/1
Tyrell Hatton30/130/133/1
Phil Mickelson35/135/140/1
Paul Casey38/140/140/1
Patrick Reed39/140/140/1
Matt Kuchar44/145/150/1
Thomas Pieters44/145/150/1
Tommy Fleetwood45/145/150/1
Martin Kaymer43/145/180/1
Brandt Snedeker45/145/150/1
Francesco Molinari50/150/150/1
Kevin Kisner48/150/166/1
Bubba Watson55/155/166/1
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Note to US readers: Bovada was the first sportsbook to publish WGC Match Play odds as of Monday morning, but I will be back soon to update this odds table after the other bookmakers follow suit and publish the odds as well. See the odds below:

 BovadaBetOnlineIntertops
Rory McIlroy+700+700+700
Dustin Johnson+800+800+800
Jordan Spieth+1000+1000+1000
Jason Day+1600+1400+1600
Hideki Matsuyama+1800+2000+2000
Jon Rahm+2200+2200+2200
Sergio Garcia+2500+2500+2500
Justin Thomas+2800+2500+2800
Tyrell Hatton+3000+2800+3000
Phil Mickelson+3500+3300+3300
Paul Casey+4000+3300+3300
Patrick Reed+4000+3300+3300
Matt Kuchar+4000+4000+4500
Thomas Pieters+4500+4000+4500
Tommy Fleetwood+4500+4000+4500
Martin Kaymer+4500+6600+5000
Brandt Snedeker+4500+4000+4000
Francesco Molinari+5000+4000+5000
Kevin Kisner+5000+5000+5000
Bubba Watson+5000+6600+6000
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Looking at the Brackets and the Top Picks

Obviously there is no shortage of great players, as 64 of top-70 ranked players in the world are playing. There are a few notable omissions, as Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Adam Hadwin chose not to play. The match play format is one of the biggest factors in picking a winner this week, but it also allows for winners from individual rounds. Below is information on every player in all four brackets, including an additional breakdown on the higher seeds.

Bracket A


Group 1 – Plays the winner of Group 16

(1) Dustin Johnson

  • World Golf Ranking: 1
  • What to Like: Johnson is an intimidating force, and the match play setting does not change that. He leads the PGA Tour in Driving Distance and is 2nd in Greens in Regulation at over 75%. DJ also leads the PGA Tour in Total Strokes Gained, and does so by a large margin. At 2.953 Total Strokes Gained, he’s almost 25% better than 2nd place Rickie Fowler.
  • Career Match Play Results: 11-9-0:  7-9-0 in WGC Match Play events; 3-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 1-0-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2016
  • Last Event: In his first tournament as the No. 1 ranked player in the world, Johnson did what No. 1s are supposed to do – he won the WGC-Mexico Championship. Johnson was excellent across the board, ranking in the field’s top 11 in Driving Distance, Greens in Regulation and Total Putts.

(18) Jimmy Walker

  • World Golf Ranking: 22
  • What to Like: Walker gets himself in trouble quite frequently with his driver, ranking 151st on the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy, but that isn’t always the worst thing. He ranks in the top 7 in approach shots from the rough from greater than 100 yards and greater than 200 yards.
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-8-0: 2-6-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-1-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-17, 2014
  • Last Event: Walker’s week at the WGC-Mexico Championship was a bit of roller coaster ride. After grabbing the first-round lead with a 67, he went 74, 68, 72 and wound up in a tie for 25th place.

(41) Martin Kaymer

  • World Golf Ranking: 46
  • What to Like: Kaymer has won two of more matches in four of the last six years at the WGC Match Play. Only five players in the field have more WGC match victories than Kaymer.
  • Career Match Play Results: 17-11-0: 14-10-0 in WGC Match Play events; 3-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 2nd, 2011
  • Last Event: Kaymer earned a T-23 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but a final-round 74 kept him from a much higher result. In what can be put in the unusual coincidence category, this was the third time in four events that Kaymer has finished tied for 23rd.

(58) Webb Simpson

  • World Golf Ranking: 64
  • What to Like: Simpson has the seventh-best winning percentage in WGC Match Play among those in the field with at least 10 matches. He’s won at least two matches in each of his last three starts (2013-2015).
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-6-2: 7-4-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-1-01 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2013
  • Last Event: Simpson struggled last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, missing the cut by five shots.

Group 16 – Plays the winner of Group 1

(16) Matt Kuchar

  • World Golf Ranking: 20
  • What to Like: Kuchar has won at least one match in all seven years he played the WGC Match Play event, helping him compile 20 wins during his career – the third-most in the field.
  • Career Match Play Results: 21-13-1: 20-7-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-3-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-3-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 1st, 2013
  • Last Event: Kuchar carded a pair of 69s to start, but didn’t much going on the weekend at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago. His 3-under-par total was good enough for a tie for 22nd.

(29) Tommy Fleetwood

  • World Golf Ranking: 33
  • What to Like: The 26-year-old Englishman has gotten off to a very strong start this season. Fleetwood has finished in the top 10 in five of his last nine events, including a win at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January.
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-3-0: 3-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2015
  • Last Event: Fleetwood bounced back in a big way after his opening-round 78 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational left him in 107th place. His second-round 66 allowed him to play the weekend, and he moved all the way up into a tie for 10th after rounds of 70 and 68.

(44) Zach Johnson

  • World Golf Ranking: 50
  • What to Like: Johnson has accumulated 17 match play victories in his career, and last year he made the Round of 16 for the first time since his 3rd place finish in 2006.
  • Career Match Play Results: 17-16-1: 12-12-0 in WGC Match Play events; 3-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles; 2-3-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-3, 2006
  • Last Event: Johnson failed to break 70 and three of his rounds were over par last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished at 6-over-par and tied for 66th place.

(50) Brendan Steele

  • World Golf Ranking: 56
  • What to Like: Steele is off to a very strong start this season, winning the Safeway Open in October and adding a pair of T-6 finishes since. Driving has been one of the biggest reason, as Steele ranks 4th on the PGA Tour in Total Driving (a combination of distance and accuracy).
  • Career Match Play Results: Steele has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Steele finished at 2-over-par, good enough for a T-48 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Group 8 – Plays the winner of Group 9

(8) Alexander Norén

  • World Golf Ranking: 11
  • What to Like: Norén finished 2nd at the 2016 Paul Lawrie Match Play event in August, going 5 and 1 in the process. Since that performance, he’s won three stroke play events.
  • Career Match Play Results: 6-3-0: 1-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-17, 2013
  • Last Event: Norén carded four rounds of 70 or higher at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, finishing T-49. It’s his third straight result outside of the top 40.

(25) Francesco Molinari

  • World Golf Ranking: 29
  • What to Like: Molinari ranks 8th on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average thanks mostly to his accuracy. He ranks 3rd on the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy and 4th in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green.
  • Career Match Play Results: 2-8-1: 2-7-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-17, 2012
  • Last Event: Molinari finished his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational strong, shooting a final-round 69 to finish T-7. Molinari has finished in the top 20 in nine of his last 10 starts, with five coming in the top 7.

(36) Bernd Wiesberger

  • World Golf Ranking: 40
  • What to Like: Wiesberger has seven top-5 results since September, including a 3rd place finish two starts ago at the Maybank Open in mid-February.
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-5-1: 1-5-1 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-33, 2014
  • Last Event: Wiesberger failed to break 70 during the week at the WGC-Mexico Championship, finishing in a tie for 45th.

(57) Thongchai Jaidee

  • World Golf Ranking: 63
  • Career Match Play Results: 5-6-2: 5-6-1 in WGC Match Play events; 0-0-1 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2010
  • Last Event: Jaidee shot four rounds under par to earn a T-12 finish at the Maybank Open back in mid-February.

Group 9 – Plays the winner of Group 8

(9) Patrick Reed

  • World Golf Ranking: 12
  • What to Like: Reed’s performance in two Ryder Cups – especially last year – demonstrate how good he can be in a match play setting. For his career, he’s won two-thirds of his professional matches.
  • Career Match Play Results: 8-3-1: 6-3-0 in WGC Match Play events; 2-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-0-1 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2016
  • Last Event: Reed didn’t break 70 until his final round at the Valspar Championship. His 1-under-par total earned him a T-38 result.

(20) Brooks Koepka

  • World Golf Ranking: 24
  • What to Like: Koepka has won at least two matches in both of his starts in the WGC Match Play events. Last year, he defeated Jaco Van Zyl and Billy Horschel in group play before defeating Matt Kuchar in the round of 16. He fell to eventual champ Jason Day in the quarterfinals.
  • Career Match Play Results: 6-3-0: 5-3-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2016
  • Last Event: Koepka couldn’t overcome an opening-round 78 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He missed the cut by a single shot.

(34) Kevin Kisner

  • World Golf Ranking: 38
  • What to Like: Kisner has finished in the top 11 in four of his last seven events, including a T-2 last week at the Arnold Palmer. He ranks 7th on the PGA Tour in Total Strokes Gained.
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-2-0: 1-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-38, 2016
  • Last Event: Kisner let a golden opportunity slip away at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, losing a 4-shot lead on Sunday. After making birdie on two of the first seven holes, Kisner dropped shots on three holes coming in, eventually finishing one stroke behind Marc Leishman.

(59) Jason Dufner

  • World Golf Ranking: 65
  • What to Like: Putting has long been an issue for the 2013 PGA Champion, but that’s not been the case in 2016-17. He ranks 36th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting – he hasn’t ranked better than 143rd since 2012 – and 14th in One-Putt Percentage.
  • Career Match Play Results: 6-7-0: 4-7-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 1-0-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2014
  • Last Event: Dufner earned a T-11 at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago. He had the flat stick going all week, leading the field in total putts.

 

Bracket D


Group 4 – Plays the winner of Group 13

(4) Hideki Matsuyama

  • World Golf Ranking: 4
  • What to Like: Matsuyama ranks 4th on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average, 3rd in Birdie Average and 6th in Total Strokes Gained. Maybe that’s why he has seven top-5s and five victories worldwide already this season.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-3-0:  6-3-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2015
  • Last Event: Matsuyama couldn’t get much going at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, shooting par or higher in three of his four rounds. His final-round 76 dropped him to a T-45 finish.

(23) Louis Oosthuizen

  • World Golf Ranking: 27
  • What to Like: Oosthuizen has been one of the best match play players in the world over the past three years. He’s won at least three matches every year since 2014, culminating with his runner-up finish last year. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler in 2015, so he should definitely be considered a giant killer.
  • Career Match Play Results: 15-7-2: 15-7-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-0-2 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 2nd, 2016
  • Last Event: Oosthuizen carded four rounds of 70 or higher on his way to a T-28 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

(47) Ross Fisher

  • World Golf Ranking: 53
  • What to Like: Fisher earned his fourth top-6 finish in his last 10 starts with a T-3 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, playing himself into this week’s field. Before the recent hot streak, Fisher was ranked 120th in the world.
  • Career Match Play Results: 5-5-0: 5-4-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 4th, 2009
  • Last Event: Fisher had an excellent week at the WGC-Mexico Championship, finishing T-3 on the strength of his final-round 65. The Englishman ranked 2nd in the field in Greens in Regulation for the week.

(51) Jim Furyk

  • World Golf Ranking: 57
  • What to Like: No player in the field has played more matches in his professional career, tallying 41 across three venues. His last start in 2015 resulted in his best finish in the WGC Match Play event when he defeated J.B. Holmes and Louis Oosthuizen in the single-elimination portion of the bracket.
  • Career Match Play Results: 21-19-1: 12-13-0 in WGC Match Play events; 4-4-1 in Ryder Cup singles; 5-2-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 4th, 2015
  • Last Event: After an opening-round 69, Furyk played the final three rounds in 2-over-par and finished T-41 at the Valspar Championship.

Group 13 – Plays the winner of Group 4

(13) Bubba Watson

  • World Golf Ranking: 17
  • What to Like: Watson’s mastery on the tee – he ranks 5th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and 6th in Driving Distance – can often give him the advantage on his opponent. His 12 career wins in the WGC Match Play events ranks him 10th in this year’s field.
  • Career Match Play Results: 12-11-2: 12-7-1 in WGC Match Play events; 0-3-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-1-1 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 4th, 2011
  • Last Event: Watson was languishing near the bottom of the standings after a third-round 76, but his final-round 68 bumped him up to a T-34 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

(30) Thomas Pieters

  • World Golf Ranking: 34
  • What to Like: Pieters ranks 1st on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green, so he has the ability to put a lot of pressure on his opponent with his shots into the green. He also ranks 8th on Tour with 4.57 birdies per round.
  • Career Match Play Results: 2-2-1: 1-1-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-28, 2016
  • Last Event: Pieters had a difficult time at Bay Hill last week, missing the cut by six shots at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

(39) Scott Piercy

  • World Golf Ranking: 43
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-2-2: 3-2-2 in WGC Match Play events;
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2013
  • Last Event: Piercy missed the cut by two shots at the Valspar Championship, the second time in three events that he failed to play the weekend.

(55) Jhonattan Vegas

  • World Golf Ranking: 61
  • Career Match Play Results: Vegas has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Vegas was up-and-down all week at the WGC-Mexico Championship, alternating rounds in the 60s with rounds over par. When it was over, he finished at even par and tied for 38th.

Group 5 – Plays the winner of Group 11

(5) Jordan Spieth

  • World Golf Ranking: 6
  • What to Like: Spieth is 2nd on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average at just a shade under 69. How does he do it? He leads the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation and converts nearly 37% of his birdie or eagle chances, which ranks 5th on the PGA Tour. His game will put a lot of pressure on whomever he faces.
  • Career Match Play Results: 8-7-0:  8-3-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-2-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2014
  • Last Event: Spieth earned a solid T-12 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship, but his week didn’t have the consistency he wanted. Spieth had three rounds in the 70s and a spectacular round of 63 in the third round – the best round of the tournament – to catapult up the leaderboard.

(32) Ryan Moore

  • World Golf Ranking: 36
  • What to Like: Moore earned six match play victories when he won the 2004 U.S. Amateur winner over Luke List at Winged Foot. He had easily his best year in terms of match last year going 3-1-1 in the WGC and winning his singles match at his first ever Ryder Cup.
  • Career Match Play Results: 8-8-1: 7-8-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2011 and 2016
  • Last Event: Moore finished T-34 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. He was only able to break par once for the week.

(37) Yuta Ikeda

  • World Golf Ranking: 41
  • Career Match Play Results: Ikeda has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Ikeda’s score of 6-over-par earned him a T-61 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

(54) Hideto Tanihara

  • World Golf Ranking: 60
  • Career Match Play Results: Tanihara has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Playing in just his third professional event of 2017, Tanihara finished T-32 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Rounds of 67 on Friday and Saturday helped him overcome rounds of 75 and 74 on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.

Group 12 – Plays the winner of Group 5

(12) Paul Casey

  • World Golf Ranking: 16
  • What to Like: Casey is one of only four players in the field with more than 15 wins in their career at the WGC Match Play events. He has a pair of runner-up finishes to his credit, in 2009 and again in 2010.
  • Career Match Play Results: 20-11-2: 19-10-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 2nd, 2009 and 2010
  • Last Event: Casey had a strong start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, carding an opening-round 68. Unfortunately, he triple-bogeyed the first hole of his final round on the way to a 78, dropping him from the brink of the top-10 into a tie for 41st.

(24) Charl Schwartzel

  • World Golf Ranking: 28
  • What to Like: Schwartzel has won at least one match in seven of his starts at the WGC Match Play. He has five total wins over the last two years.
  • Career Match Play Results: 13-9-0: 11-8-0 in WGC Match Play events; 2-1-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2010 and 2015
  • Last Event: Schwartzel broke par just once in four rounds at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, leaving him in a tie for 45th. The 2011 Masters champ has been boom or bust this season, finishing in the top 6 twice, but outside the top 30 in his other five starts.

(45) Byeong-hun An

  • World Golf Ranking: 51
  • What to Like: An became the youngest champion in the history of the event when he won the 2009 U.S. Amateur. The last of his six victories came over now fellow pro Ben Martin, with An winning 7 & 5. An also showed well at Austin Country Club last year, finishing T-9 in his first professional match play event.
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-1-2: 1-1-2 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2016
  • Last Event: An finished T-49 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. He failed to break 70 in any of his four rounds.

(60) Joost Luiten

  • World Golf Ranking: 66
  • Career Match Play Results: 2-2-0: 2-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-17, 2015
  • Last Event: Luiten had an excellent ball striking week at the WGC-Mexico Championship, leading the field in Fairways and Greens in Regulation hit. It was his putter that let him down, as he ranked last in the field in Total Putts, leaving him in a tie for 25th.

 

Bracket B


Group 2 – Plays the winner of Group 15

(2) Rory McIlroy

  • World Golf Ranking: 2
  • What to Like: McIlroy is the winningest player in the field in WGC Match Play events with 24 total wins, and he’s made it to the final four in three of the last five years. In five starts so far this season, McIlroy has yet to finish outside of the top 10. He will be one of the favorites this week, and for good reason.
  • Career Match Play Results: 24-9-2:  22-8-1 in WGC Match Play events; 2-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 1st, 2015
  • Last Event: McIlroy fought his way back into contention after a slow start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He played the weekend in 10-under-par to earn his third top-4 of the 2016-17 season.

(26) Emiliano Grillo

  • World Golf Ranking: 30
  • What to Like: Grillo is one of the best on the PGA Tour when it comes to par 3s. He averages 2.96 strokes per hole during the 2016-17 season and ranks 23rd on Tour in Birdie Average for par 3s.
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-2-0: 1-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-38, 2016
  • Last Event: Grillo fired three rounds of 68 or better at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but his third-round 78 – including a quadruple bogey on the par 5 6th hole – was what kept him from contending for the title. Despite falling from 2nd to 19th after Saturday’s disaster, Grillo got his first top-10 of 2017 by finishing T-7.

(33) Gary Woodland

  • World Golf Ranking: 37
  • What to Like: Woodland ran all the way to the finals in his last start at the WGC Match Play, defeating Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter and Danny Willett along the way. Four top-6s, including two runner-up finishes, insured that Woodland would be in the field this year after missing out in 2016. He’s moved up over 30 spots in the world rankings since last year.
  • Career Match Play Results: 6-3-0: 6-3-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 2nd, 2015
  • Last Event: Woodland really struggled with the putter at the Valspar Championship, resulting in a T-58. He finished 64th in field in total putts.

(62) Søren Kjeldsen

  • World Golf Ranking: 68
  • Career Match Play Results: 0-4-1: 0-4-1 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T33, 2009 and 2010
  • Last Event: Kjeldsen finished in a tie for 27th after posting a score of 2-under-par at the Valspar Championship.

Group 15 – Plays the winner of Group 2

(15) Branden Grace

  • World Golf Ranking: 15/19
  • What to Like: Grace is one of the best scramblers from the rough on the PGA Tour, converting nearly three-fourths of the time. That skill will allow him to pull out a halve when his opponent had the advantage.
  • Career Match Play Results: 5-7-0: 4-6-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-1-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2015
  • Last Event: Grace carded a pair of 75s and missed the cut by three shots last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

(19) Brandt Snedeker

  • World Golf Ranking: 23
  • What to Like: Snedeker has three top-10s in his last five starts, including a 4th place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s twice made it to the round of 16 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Career Match Play Results: 6-9-1: 5-7-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-1-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2012 and 2016
  • Last Event: Snedeker finished at 1-under-par and in a tie for 28th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week.

(48) William McGirt

  • World Golf Ranking: 54
  • Career Match Play Results: McGirt has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: McGirt carded a pair of 74s and missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke.

(52) Andy Sullivan

  • World Golf Ranking: 58
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-4-0: 3-3-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-18, 2016
  • Last Event: Sullivan finished T-20 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, thanks mostly to his second-round 65. He didn’t break par in his other three rounds.

Group 7 – Plays the winner of Group 10

(7) Sergio García

  • World Golf Ranking: 10
  • What to Like: Few have more match play experience than Garcia – 34 career matches between the WGC and Ryder Cup. His best finish came back in 2010 when he won his first four matches.
  • Career Match Play Results: 17-16-1: 14-12-0 in WGC Match Play events; 3-4-1 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 4th, 2010
  • Last Event: Garcia finished at 7-under-par and tied for 12th at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

(21) Jon Rahm

  • World Golf Ranking: 25
  • What to Like: Rahm is having a breakthrough season in 2016-17, and his name can be found in the top 10 of several major statistical categories. He ranks 3rd on the PGA Tour in Total Strokes Gained, 6th in Scoring Average, 9th in Birdie Average and 4th in Eagle Frequency.
  • Career Match Play Results: Rahm has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Rahm earned his third top-5 finish in four starts with his T-3 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He showcased his power and touch, averaging over 330 yards per drive (2nd in the field) and ranking T-4 in the field in total putts.

(38) Kevin Chappell

  • World Golf Ranking: 42
  • Career Match Play Results: Chappell has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Chappell finished T-49 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week after breaking par just one time.

(53) Shane Lowry

  • World Golf Ranking: 59
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-5-1: 3-5-1 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2013
  • Last Event: Lowry withdrew from the Genesis Open after weather suspended his second round. He was 6-over-par at the time.

Group 10 – Plays the winner of Group 7

(10) Tyrrell Hatton

  • World Golf Ranking: 14
  • What to Like: Hatton finished T-5 in his only professional match play experience, reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 Paul Lawrie Match Play. More recently, he’s shown that he’s really good in the stroke play format, finishing in the top 10 in eight of his last 11 starts, including each of his last four.
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-1-0
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Hatton had another very strong outing last week, finishing T-4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. If not for three bogeys on the front nine on Sunday, Hatton may have gotten his second win since October.

(22) Rafael Cabrera-Bello

  • World Golf Ranking: 26
  • What to Like: Making his first start in the WGC Match Play events in three years, Cabrera-Bello tallied five victories on his way to a 3rd place finish. Along the way, he defeated Hideki Matsuyama in the quarterfinals and Rory McIlroy in the consolation match.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-3-1: 6-3-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-0-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 3rd, 2016
  • Last Event: Cabrera-Bello finished T-5 at the Hero Indian Open two weeks ago. Scoring was tough, especially on the weekend. Cabrera-Bello played the weekend in 3-under-par while the average player was almost 5-over par.

(40) Jeunghun Wang

  • World Golf Ranking: 45
  • What to Like: Wang has a win (Commercial Bank Qatar Masters) and a runner-up (Nedbank Golf Challenge) to his credit since mid-November. He won back-to-back events – his first two professional wins – back in May.
  • Career Match Play Results: Wang has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Wang finished T-23 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, but his third-round 77 kept him from potentially earning his first top-10 on American soil.

(61) Charles Howell III

  • World Golf Ranking: 67
  • What to Like: So far in 2016-17, Howell ranks 15th on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average and 23rd in Greens in Regulation.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-5-0: 5-5-0 in WGC Match Play events; 2-0-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2007
  • Last Event: Howell never got much going at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, carding a pair of 74s on the weekend to finish T-56.

 

Bracket C


Group 3 – Plays the winner of Group 14

(3) Jason Day

  • World Golf Ranking: 3
  • What to Like: If you need someone to win a match, the numbers say Day is the best bet. Not only does he have a pair of titles at the WGC Match Play event, he has the best winning percentage of all the players in this year’s field, winning nearly 78% of his matches.
  • Career Match Play Results: 22-8-0:  21-6-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-2-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 1st, 2014 and 2016
  • Last Event: Day entered last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational as the defending champion, but could not repeat that performance. He failed to break 70 in any round, and finished in a tie for 23rd.

(28) Marc Leishman

  • World Golf Ranking: 32
  • What to Like: Leishman made it to the round of 16 two years ago, going 3 and 0 in his pod, including a 3 & 2 win over Justin Rose. This year, he ranks 9th on the PGA Tour in Scoring Average, and he’s coming into the week on a high after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
  • Career Match Play Results: 5-4-1: 3-4-1 in WGC Match Play events; 2-0-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2015
  • Last Event: Leishman dropped a long bomb for eagle on the 16th hole om Sunday to chase down and overtake 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. The big Aussie’s final-round 69 got him to 11-under-par, just enough to get him his third win on a major tour.

(43) Lee Westwood

  • World Golf Ranking: 49
  • What to Like: Westwood has a ton of experience in match play, and while he has the most career losses of anyone in the field, he’s also had good success in the WGC Match Play. He finished 4th in 2012, winning his first four matches without once having to play the 18th hole.
  • Career Match Play Results: 16-21-0: 13-14-0 in WGC Match Play events; 3-7-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 4th, 2012
  • Last Event: Westwood was among a group of six that held the first-round lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and he entered the final round in 5th place. Unfortunately for the 43-year-old Englishman, a disastrous 78 on Sunday dropped into a tie for 28th

(56) Pat Perez

  • World Golf Ranking: 62
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-2-0: 1-2-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-17, 2009
  • Last Event: Perez earned his sixth top-20 in 11 starts this season with his T-17 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Group 14 – Plays the winner of Group 3

(14) Phil Mickelson

  • World Golf Ranking: 18
  • What to Like: Along with being one of the most experienced players in a match play structure, Mickelson has a lot of other things going for him. He ranks 5th on the PGA Tour in Birdie Average and in Eagle Frequency. And while he can hit a lot of wayward shots, Phil is never out of a hole. He ranks 4th in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green and 6th in Putting.
  • Career Match Play Results: 19-18-4: 11-8-0 in WGC Match Play events; 5-5-1 in Ryder Cup singles; 3-5-3 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2004
  • Last Event: Mickelson was in the mix from the start at the WGC-Mexico Championship, carding a first-round 67. He followed that up with a pair of 68s, but a final-round 71 kept him from earning his 43rd career professional victory. His T-7 finish was his best result since he finished 2nd at the British Open in July.

(31) J. B. Holmes

  • World Golf Ranking: 35
  • What to Like: Holmes is one of the more overlooked bombers in the game. He led the PGA Tour in Driving Distance at over 314 yards per drive last year. He’s put his length to good use this season, ranking 17th in Eagle Frequency and 12th in Total Strokes Gained.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-7-1: 6-5-1 in WGC Match Play events; 1-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles; 0-1-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-5, 2011
  • Last Event: Holmes fired four rounds of par or better to finish T-12 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. It was the first time he’s placed in the top 20 this season.

(35) Daniel Berger

  • World Golf Ranking: 39
  • What to Like: Berger ranks 15th on the PGA Tour in Birdie Average, carding nearly 4 ½ per round in 2016-17.
  • Career Match Play Results: 0-3-0: 0-3-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-61, 2016
  • Last Event: Berger missed the cut by a single shot at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago.

(63) Si Woo Kim

  • World Golf Ranking: 69
  • Career Match Play Results: Kim has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Kim finished T-49 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. After entering the weekend at 2-under, Kim played the last two round in 5-over-par.

Group 6 – Plays the winner of Group 11

(6) Justin Thomas

  • World Golf Ranking: 7
  • What to Like: Thomas knows how to get the ball in the hole in fewer strokes than almost anyone. He ranks 1st in Birdie Average (5.21 per round) and 3rd in total eagles (7) on the PGA Tour. His three wins and five top-10s also rank best on the PGA Tour.
  • Career Match Play Results: 0-3-0: 0-3-0 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-61, 2016
  • Last Event: Thomas missed his third cut in his last five events when he totaled three-over-par at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago.

(27) Matthew Fitzpatrick

  • World Golf Ranking: 31
  • What to Like: Despite being just 22-years-old, Fitzpatrick has a good amount of match play experience as a professional. He finished T-9 at Paul Lawrie Match Play in August (his second appearance in the event) and earned his first Ryder Cup spot last year.
  • Career Match Play Results: 4-5-0: 1-2-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-38, 2016
  • Last Event: Fitzpatrick jumped out to the first-round lead with a 67 on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Unfortunately for the former Northwestern Wildcat, his score grew each round, and his final-round 76 dropped from 3rd to a tie for 13th.

(46) Kevin Na

  • World Golf Ranking: 52
  • Career Match Play Results: 3-5-1: 3-5-1 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 17th, 2016
  • Last Event: Na missed the cut by a single shot at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He was in good shape to play the weekend before Friday’s round of 77.

(49) Chris Wood

  • World Golf Ranking: 55
  • What to Like: Wood finished T-5 at the 2015 Paul Lawrie Match Play, dominating both of his first two matches by scores of 5 & 4.
  • Career Match Play Results: 4-8-0: 0-5-0 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-33, 2010, 2013
  • Last Event: Wood got off to a good start at the WGC-Mexico Championship, carding an opening-round 68. However, he failed to break 70 the rest of the week and finished in a tie for 28th.

Group 11 – Plays the winner of Group 6

(11) Danny Willett

  • World Golf Ranking: 15
  • What to Like: Willett won the first five matches of his career at the WGC Match Play on his way to finishing 3rd. He won four of his matches in 2015 by a score of 3 & 2, or better.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-3-1: 7-2-1 in WGC Match Play events; 0-1-0 in Ryder Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: 3rd, 2015
  • Last Event: Willett withdrew from last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational due to illness. He finished in 69th place at the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this month when he carded four rounds of 72 or higher.

(17) Russell Knox

  • World Golf Ranking: 21
  • What to Like: Knox is one of the best in putting himself in position off the tee, ranking 7th on the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy. He also ranks 11th in Birdie Average, carding 4.43 per round in 2016-17.
  • Career Match Play Results: 1-1-1: 1-1-1 in WGC Match Play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-28, 2016
  • Last Event: Knox missed the cut for the third time in four events when he failed to qualify for the weekend at the Valspar Championship.

(42) Bill Haas

  • World Golf Ranking: 47
  • What to Like: Haas had his best finish in the WGC Match Play last year, making it to the round of 16. But his best match play performance came in the 2015 Presidents Cup when, as the anchor match, Haas defeated Sang-Moon Bae to clinch the cup for the U.S. team.
  • Career Match Play Results: 7-8-0: 6-6-0 in WGC Match Play events; 1-2-0 in Presidents Cup singles.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: T-9, 2016
  • Last Event: Haas finished T-41 at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago.

(64) K.T. Kim

  • World Golf Ranking: 70
  • Career Match Play Results: Kim has not played in any professional match play events.
  • Best WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Finish: N/A
  • Last Event: Kim really struggled at the WGC-Mexico Championship, failing to break 75 during the week. At 22-over-par, Kim finished in last place.

Notable players NOT in the field: Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Adam Hadwin.

Past winners in the field: Jason Day (2), Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar.