This tournament has a different format. The field starts with the top 16 players, then a blind draw occurs with seeds from 17-32 and 33-48 into each group. One player from each “pool” below will be randomly selected to make a foursome that will play round-robin matches Wednesday through Friday.The Pools and Groups are listed at the bottom. Winners from each group advance to single elimination bracket into the weekend (16 players will emerge going into the weekend).
World Golf Championship – Dell Technologies Match Play
Date: March 21st – 25th
Course: Austin Country Club
Purse: $10MM ($1.8MM to winner)
FedEx points: 550 to winner
2017 Winner: Dustin Johnson (def Jon Rahm)
Course: Austin Country Club. Resting along the Colorado River, the Davenport Ranch which hosts this course after two previous moves under the name Austin Country Club. At 7,100 yards, this par 71 was originally opened in 1899 and is believed to be the oldest course in Texas, this course was redesigned by Pete Dye in 1984. It is a Jekyll and Hyde course that requires golfers to adjust to different altitudes and topographies on front nine vs. back.
In lieu of 6 picks I’ll let you know who I think is advancing from each Group.
Dustin Johnson – The only player on tour to have won all four World Golf Championships is the favorite to walk away from this group.
Luke List – My sleeper pick.
Chez Reavie – I’m much more optimistic on Chez play this season than the others here. He hit a rough patch the last three tournaments but prior to that he had top 20 finishes in 7 of 9 tournaments.
Jordan Spieth – He finished 14th at the last World Golf Championship, outside of his two missed cuts this season he’s been a top 20 golfer in the other tournaments.
Patrick Cantlay – Noone in this group really shines in world golf championships so I’ll go with Patrick who had a 30th place finish earlier this year.
I’ve been backing the same two players in each event on the @PGATOUR this year - Patrick Cantlay @camsmithgolf. Ironic to see them draw each other in the first round of the #DellMatchPlay.— Matthew Toomey (@ToomeyMatt) March 20, 2018
Rory McIlroy – top ten finishes in 3 out of 4 WGC last year (30th here) but off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, I’m excited to see what he brings this week.
Xander Schauffele – Three consecutive top 20 finishes and he has shown some success at WGC matches.
Louis Oosthuizen – 17th here last year and prior to his missed cut at Arnold Palmer he had three straight top 30 finishes.
GROUP 9 @DellMatchPlay ...— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 20, 2018
3 former @PresidentsCup players.
Day is 23-9 in singles matches. pic.twitter.com/YNBRWqFAHw
Kevin Chappell – He went 1-2 last year in a tough division of Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry. I’m bullish on a bounce back finish.
Paul Casey – Paul Casey has top 20 finishes in 6 out of the 7 tournaments he’s played this year.
Bubba Watson – My initial take was Leishman in (what seems to me) a softer group but Bubba tends to thrive under pressure.
Charley Hoffman – I feel like I need to scream it from the mountain tops but Charley Hoffman does NOT get the respect he deserves!
A pretty perfect way to start a tournament ...@Hoffman_Charley nearly jars it! #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/5aXqfh5gk5— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 1, 2018
Alexander Norén – He advanced past last year as the top seed and even beat Brooks Koepka in round 1 before facing Dustin in round 2 of the bracket of 16.
Phil Mickelson – his competitive spirit is strong. He went 3-0 against Kim Si-woo, Daniel Berger and JB Holmes last year and lost in round 2 to Bill Haas.
Charles Howell III
Kim Si-woo – Last year he went 1-1-1 amidst a very similar ‘rough patch of high 50s and MC finishes that he’s showing right now.
Zach Johnson – Zach and Matt were in the same bracket last year and Zach edged it out 2 up before facing Dustin Johnson in round 1
Final Four Selections:
.@CallawayGolf pro Phil Mickelson on how he has improved with age: pic.twitter.com/WV1KZEQ3Jh— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 9, 2018
Pool A (top 16 seeds)
Charles Howell III