WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Handicapping Preview

by Mar 26, 2019Golf

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Start Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

End Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019



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Dell Technologies Match Play

This week, the Spooky Express is setting focus on this weeks World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play that will begin on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas.  There will be a total of 64 golfers in this tournament.  This is the second WGC event of 2019, with Dustin Johnson winning the WGC-Mexico Championship just a few weeks ago.  The winner will take home his share of the $10,000,000 prize pool, which happens to be $1,800,000. Bubba Watson won here last year, Dustin Johnson won here in 2017 and Jason Day won in 2016.

This tournament is different than most other golf tournaments due to the fact that this is match play and they utilize groups and bracket-style play to determine who will play who. This is a very unique tournament in the fact that the groupings will determine much of it the golfer has a tough initial matchup.  

Dates and Times

Wednesday: Round Robin (2-8 p.m., Golf Channel; 10:15 a.m.-8 p.m., PGA Tour LIVE)

Thursday: Round Robin (2-8 p.m., Golf Channel; 10:15 a.m.-8 p.m., PGA Tour LIVE)

Friday: Round Robin (2-8 p.m., Golf Channel; 10:15 a.m.-8 p.m., PGA Tour LIVE)

Saturday: Round of 16 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Golf Channel); Round of 16 (9:45 a.m.-2 p.m., PGA Tour LIVE); Quarterfinals (2-6 p.m., NBC).

Sunday: Semifinals (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Golf Channel); Championship and Consolation Matches  (3-7 p.m., NBC)

The Groups

Group 1 – Dustin Johnson | Hideki Matsuyama | Branden Grace | Chez Reavie

Group 2 – Justin Rose | Gary Woodland | Eddie Pepperell | Emiliano Grillo

Group 3 – Brooks Koepka | Alex Noren | Hao Tong Li | Tom Lewis

Group 4 – Rory McIlroy | Matthew Fitzpatrick | Justin Harding | Luke List

Group 5 – Justin Thomas | Keegan Bradley | Matt Wallace | Lucas Bjerregaard

Group 6 – Bryson Dechambeau | Marc Leishman | Kiradech Aphibarnrat | Russell Knox

Group 7 – Francesco Molinari | Webb Simpson | Thorbjorn Olesen | Satoshi Kodaira

Group 8 – Jon Rahm | Matt Kuchar | JB Holmes | Si Woo Kim

Group 9 – Xander Schauffele | Rafa Cabrera-Bello | Tyrrell Hatton | Lee Westwood

Group 10 – Paul Casey | Cameron Smith | Charles Howell III | Abraham Ancer

Group 11 – Tommy Fleetwood | Louis Oosthuizen | Kyle Stanley | Byeong Hun An

Group 12 – Jason Day | Phil Mickelson | Henrik Stenson | Jim Furyk

Group 13 – Tiger Woods | Patrick Cantlay | Brandt Snedeker | Aaron Wise

Group 14 – Tony Finau | Ian Poulter | Kevin Kisner | Keith Mitchell

Group 15 – Bubba Watson | Jordan Spieth | Billy Horschel | Kevin Na

Group 16 – Patrick Reed | Sergio Garcia | Shane Lowry | Andrew Putnam

Austin Country Club Course Details

The Austin Country Club is a Par 71 golf course that measures 7169 yards.  It is a true Pete Dye design that stays true to most Dye Courses. Shot placement is the most important factor here at Austin Country Club however you will also have to compete against the competition.  

The course itself isn’t particularly long but with Bubba, DJ and Jason Day winning the past three years, it must be thought of as a ball striker course with those guys being the winners.

The course offers many obstacles for the golfers to overcome and the greens at Austin CC are fast! More importantly, you are going to want to take a look at the matchups and make sure your golfer has a chance of getting out of group play.  There are a few golfers that I liked but feel they are in a really tough group and have steered clear of them due to their grouping.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Golfers

Jason Day at +2775 (Bookmaker) for 1 Unit

Jason Day missed the cut last week at the Valspar Championship and that means we are seeing a bump in his odds. Last week, he was 12/1. This week, he is 28/1.  At this price, I don’t see how you can ignore him. Day has won this tournament two times in five years. Day is a very competitive player, that does well in this match play tournaments.  Day will face the Senior Citizen Group Competition with his first round opponents being Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson. I love his chances this week in Texas!

Ian Poulter at +4350 (Bookmaker) for 1 Unit

Poulter is the king of match play!  The guy feasts on these types of tournaments. He won this tournament back in 2010 and always seems to play well here.  Last year, he finished in 8th place and in 2013 he finished in 4th place, all though that was at a different course. Poulter is playing really well lately, finishing inside the Top 6 in 4 of the last 6 tournaments he played in.  At these odds, he is a great value!

Alex Noren at +10000 (MyBookie) for ½ Unit

Noren is NOT in great form right now but this may be the spot for him to get back on track.  He always seems to play well in these match tournaments, finishing in 3rd place last year and 8th place two years ago. At 100/1, you really can’t ignore him as he has proved he enjoys playing at this course and I expect he will do well while facing Brooks Koepka, Hao Tong Li and Tom Lewis.  

JB Holmes at +15000 (MyBookie) for ½ Unit

In 2017, Dustin Johnson won the Genesis Open and then turned around and won the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship. In 2018, Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open and then turned around and won the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.  This year, JB Holmes won the Genesis Open and if history repeats itself again…….JB Holmes will win the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

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