The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play returns for a third visit to Austin Country Club in Texas, where Dustin Johnson finally defeated Jon Rahm on the 18th hole to win last year’s edition. This beautifully landscaped course, which measures in at around 7,100 yards, features two distinct ‘nines’. The front nine is on higher ground, with the back nine built in the lowlands around Lake Austin. Deep pot bunkers and undulating greens make precise approaches essential if the players are to give themselves good birdie opportunities. The event features a 64-man field and is played over five days, with the first round featuring four-man pools. Jason Day has won this tournament twice, including the first edition to be staged at this venue. Other previous champions including Rory McIlroy, MattKuchar, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Favourites
After his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the weekend, Rory McIlroy is the new favourite to win next month’s Masters and he is the market leader for this event too. , and are among the firms offering 8/1* about McIlroy, who was an 18/1 chance to win in Florida. Defending champion and world number one Johnson can be backed at 9/1* with , while several firms are offering Justin Thomas as the 12/1* third favourite. Thomas, who won the Honda Classic on his last outing, is one of three competitors looking to make back-to-back victories. Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey are the others. Two-time winner Day and last year’s runner-up Rahm are both widely available at 14/1*, with Jordan Spieth at 18/1* with and . Casey and Mickelson are both at 25/1*, alongside reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Tips
Having established himself as one of the stars of the European Tour in 2016, Alex Noren is making a name for himself in the US. He’s had two top three finishes in his last six starts. The Swedish world number 17, who will be optimistic of playing his way into Europe’s Ryder Cup team this summer, reached the last eight here last year while he was runner-up in the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland in 2016. Noren is 40/1* with and .
Patrick Reed’s confidence will be high after he followed up his second place at the Valspar Championship. Another top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, making the world number 23 one to follow in his home state. Reed, who top-scored for the Americans in the 2016 Ryder Cup and beat McIlroy in the opening singles match, failed to impress last year. But then he didn’t arrive in good form as he does this time around. He’s a 30/1* chance with .
*All odds subject to change.