See below as we run through the tournament for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red’s Jack Milner.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – DELL MATCHPLAY
- Austin Country Club, Texas
- First staged in 1999
- Current champion is Bubba Watson
OVERVIEW: The second of the four part World Golf Championship – the Dell Matchplay is one of the few Matchplay events on the golfing calendar, and it always one of the most fascinating tournaments of any year.
Formed from the world’s top-64 players they are split into 16 groups of four players. The winners of each group advance to a single-elimination tournament on the weekend, with the round of 16 and quarter-finals on Saturday before the semi-finals and final on the Sunday.
The field is full of class performers, and is always good to see the world’s best backing match-play. The defending champion is Bubba Watson – but it is Rory McIlroy who goes into the weekend as favourite.
TOP TEN BETTING:
The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
There was a lot to like about Louis Oosthuizen’s weekend at Innisbrook and he looks a brilliant price at 50/1 for this week’s WGC Match Play in Texas. The South African has been terrific over the last 12 months; winning The South African open in his own backyard, and has been the model of consistency thereafter. The 36-year old shot 65-69 over the weekend to lose by a shot last weekend and, being a terrific player in the MP sphere, can hopefully better his runner-up finish, when bettered by Jason Day in 2016, should give a solid account en-route to yet another crack at a first green jacket next month at Augusta.
Taken Match Play quite literally, nobody has played better than Francesco Molinari, who famously went 5-0 in last year’s Ryder Cup in Paris. The Race to Dubai and Champion Golfer formed a formidable partnership with accomplice Tommy Fleetwood as Europe regained The Ryder Cup in France, and the Italian has already shown he’s back to his best already this season. Molinari shot a final round 63 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Kevin Kisner squandered an early lead at The Valspar, eventually finishing T24, but showed unbelievable clutch to beat Alex Noren in last year’s semis and looks a big price at 70/1. At bigger prices Justin Harding arrives on the back of brilliant performances with the putter on the European Tour and looks too big at around the 150s mark.
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
We tipped up Paul Casey to defend his Valspar last week, so that was pleasing but this week and the Dell Matchplay and this is a total different scenario.
I look back and think to who I have been impressed with matchplay wise, and I have always loved the fighting spirit of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, they seem to enjoy this format and I can so those two have a good week.