THE WGC Dell Match Play takes place at the Austin Country Club, Texas, where the top 64 players in the world, with the exception of Henrik Stenson and Jim Furyk are taking part.
Ace says: As much as I love the match play format I hate betting on it just because any top player can have a bad round and go out.
This is not a long course and not particularly tight so maybe match play experience could be the important factor in who wins. When you look at the last five winners, with the exception of Jason Day (2014) the other four, Rory McIlroy (2015), Matt Kuchar (2013), Hunter Mahan (2012) and Luke Donald (2011) all had lots of match play experience.
I am having a bet on Paul Casey and Rickie Fowler to win here but I’ll select a winner from each section (hopefully) and on Saturday I’ll update for the next round and quarters.
It’s between him and Jordan Spieth but think Thomas just nicks it.
My tip to win here this week so I have to go with him.
Quite an easy section for the holder.
Blows hot and cold. Depends which one turns up.
If Casey doesn’t win here can see Rickie doing the business.
Can do the business over Adam Scott.
(9-2, William Hill)
The Indian is playing well and can see him topping this section.
Finished with a superb 65 in the Arnold Palmer for T6.
Has had a good start to the season with three top fives from six outings.
Three top 10s this season and can see him doing well here.
Match play should suit Scotland’s Knox down to the ground.
(7-5, Stan James)
Shouldn’t have too many problems in this group.
Not played that often this season but has played well.
Back to form in the Arnold Palmer and could continue here.
Winner of the Valpsar two weeks ago and is hot.
English ace will have a fight on his hands in this group but might just do it.
Dell Match Play outrights