WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play 2017 Preview

Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Sky Bet
Patrick Reed (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365


The WGC Dell Technologies Match Play returns for a second visit to Austin Country Club in Texas, where Jason Day defeated Louis Oosthuizen 5 and 4 to win last year’s edition. This beautifully landscaped course is built around the rocky waterway of Deer Creek. It’s a short layout at just over 6,600 yards and requires careful plotting rather than booming drives. The event features a 64-man field and is played over 5 days. Day also won 2014, with Rory McIlroy winning in between.


Several of the world’s leading stars are in attendance and the betting is headed by McIlroy, who beat Gary Woodland in the final two years ago. After sharing 4th place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the weekend, McIlroy is 7/1 generally, with world no.1 Dustin Johnson at 17/2 with Stan James. Jordan Spieth, the favourite for next month’s Masters, is 12/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes, with Day available at best odds of 16/1 with Bet365 and Stan James as he seeks to make it a hat-trick of wins here.


Tommy FleetwoodWe backed TOMMY FLEETWOOD in Florida last week and although he was out of the running after a disastrous opening round of 78 on Thursday he recovered brilliantly to claim a share of 10th place – when even making the cut had looked beyond him. It continued a fine run of form for the Englishman, who is fast establishing himself as one of the game’s brightest talents, moving up to a career-best rank of 33 on Monday. He’s best price 50/1 at Sky Bet.

Patrick Reed GolfPATRICK REED has been steady but not spectacular this season – making the cut on each of his nine PGA Tour appearances without threatening to add to his five career victories. However, the man who top-scored for the United States at last year’s Ryder Cup and beat McIlroy in the Sunday singles deserves to be taken seriously this week. The world no. 12 reached the third round last year, but certainly has the talent to go further this time at 40/1 with Bet365.

Tommy Fleetwood (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Sky Bet
Patrick Reed (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365