It is match play on the PGA Tour this week in Austin, Texas with the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play event. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is the top seed and the defending champion. He is also listed as the golf betting favorite at BetRivers. It is a stacked field with all of the top PGA Tour pros except Justin Thomas in the field. It will be group play the first three days and then it gets down to single elimination matches on the weekend. I slowed down a bit last week, as I went 2-2 with the matchups at the Valspar Championship. Let’s look at WGC Dell Technologies Championship matchup picks.
Defending Champion: Scottie Scheffler
Tournament Notes: I think I liked this event better when they simply had it like the NCAA Tournament with golfers seeded 64 through 1 and all of the matches single elimination. They did away with that format some years back and now it is pool play the first three days with the winner of each pool advancing to the knockout round. There are 16 groups with four golfers in each group. I’ll list the 16 groups first with their seeds and then give you my top matchups for group play.
Group: 1 Scottie Scheffler (1), Tom Kim (17), Alex Noren (38), Davis Riley (54)
Group: 2 Jon Rahm (2), Billy Horschel (22), Keith Mitchell, (39), R. Fowler (49)
Group: 3 Rory McIlroy (3), K. Bradley (20), D. McCarthy (48), S. Stallings (52)
Group: 4 Patrick Cantlay (4), Brian Harman (25), K.H. Lee (35), Nick Taylor (55)
Group: 5 Max Homa (5), H. Matsuyama (18), Kevin Kisner (42), Justin Suh (63)
Group: 6 Xander Schauffele (6), Tom Hoge (23), A. Wise (40), Cam Davis (64)
Group: 7 Will Zalatoris (7), Ryan Fox (29), Harris English (37), A. Putnam (56)
Group: 8 Viktor Hovland (8), Chris Kirk (28), Si Woo Kim (34), M. Kuchar (59)
Group: 9 Collin Morikawa (9), Jason Day (32), A. Svensson (44), V. Perez (51)
Group: 10 T. Finau (10), K. Kitayama (19), A. Meronk (45), C. Bezuidenhout(60)
Group: 11 Matt Fitzpatrick (11), S. Theegala (26), M. Lee (41), J. Spaun (61)
Group: 12 J. Spieth (12), S. Lowry (21), T. Montgomery (47), M. Hughes (50)
Group: 13 Sam Burns (13), Seamus Power (30), Adam Scott (33), A. Hadwin (53)
Group: 14 Tyrrell Hatton (14), R. Henley (31), L. Herbert (46), B. Griffin (62)
Group: 15 C. Young (15), S. Straka (27), C. Conners (36), D. Thompson (57)
Group: 16 Sungjae Im (16), T. Fleetwood (24), J.T. Poston (43), M. McNealy (58)
Scottie Scheffler vs. Noren and Riley
I didn’t take Scottie Scheffler in the odds article, but you can make a strong case for him winning this event. I just don’t take golf favorites that often. I think he rolls into the elimination round so I’ll lay the price and take him in his matches against Noren and Riley.
Patrick Cantlay vs. Lee and Taylor
I picked Patrick Cantlay as one of my choices to win the event and I see no reason he won’t come out of his group. I will lay the price and take him in his matches against Lee and Taylor.
Kevin Kisner vs. Matsuyama and Suh
I don’t know if Kisner will win Group 5 or not, as I have a lot of respect for Max Homa, but you can’t deny that Kisner is a match play specialist. I’ll take him in his matches against Matsuyama and Suh.
Tom Hoge vs. Schauffele, Wise and Davis
I took a shot with Hoge as an underdog and I think he has a chance to win Group 6. We will definitely be getting an underdog price in his match against Schauffele and he should be reasonably priced in his matches against Wise and Davis.
Corey Conners vs. Young, Straka and Thompson
I picked Conners as a possible longshot to win this event and I think he comes out of Group 15. I will take him in all three of his matches against Young, Straka and Thompson.
Check out the latest WGC Dell Technologies matchups odds at BetRivers.