Golf: Ace Venturer’s Dell Match Play Tips


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.

Group 1

Justin Thomas

(3-1, bet365)

It’s between him and Jordan Spieth but think Thomas just nicks it.

Group 2

Paul Casey

(5-2, betfair)

My tip to win here this week so I have to go with him.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy

(1-1, Betfred)

Quite an easy section for the holder.

Group 4

Bubba Watson

(13-10, Betfred)

Blows hot and cold. Depends which one turns up.

Group 5

Rickie Fowler

(6-5, Coral)

If Casey doesn’t win here can see Rickie doing the business.

Group 6

Bill Haas

(10-3, bet365)

Can do the business over Adam Scott.

Group 7

Anirban Lahiri

(9-2, William Hill)

The Indian is playing well and can see him topping this section.

Group 8

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

(11-2, Betfred)

Finished with a superb 65 in the Arnold Palmer for T6.

Group 9

Phil Mickelson

(2-1, Ladbrokes)

Has had a good start to the season with three top fives from six outings.

Group 10

Brooks Koepka

(11-5, Ladbrokes)

Three top 10s this season and can see him doing well here.

Group 11

Russell Knox

(10-3, Coral)

Match play should suit Scotland’s Knox down to the ground.

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama

(7-5, Stan James)

Shouldn’t have too many problems in this group.

Group 13

Sergio Garcia

(15-8, Ladbrokes)

Not played that often this season but has played well.

Group 14

Zach Johnson

(2-1, Ladbrokes)

Back to form in the Arnold Palmer and could continue here.

Group 15

Charl Schwartzel

(2-1, Betfred)

Winner of the Valpsar two weeks ago and is hot.

Group 16

Andy Sullivan

(5-2, Betfred)

English ace will have a fight on his hands in this group but might just do it.

Dell Match Play outrights

0.5pts ew Paul Casey (888sport, 33-1)
0.5pts ew Rickie Fowler (bet365, 16-1)

Ace Venturer


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    davc 2 years ago

    Group Betting
    G 16 Louis Oosthuizen @ 15/8 PP
    G 12 Hideki Matsuyama @ 7/5 PP ( A on Double Louis and Hideki )
    G 14 Shane Lowry @5/2 PP
    G 7 Matt Kuchar @9/4 PP 4xTrebles and Accume

    Rory McIlroy 8/11, Adam Scott 1/1, Rickie Fowler 1/1 Treble

    Graeme McDowell to win G 2 9/2

    Best of luck.

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    craig 2 years ago

    I’m looking forward to this coming off the back of winning with Chawrasia in India last week but I feel this tournament could be anyone’s.
    J Day 12/1 ew
    A Scott 14/1 ew
    Matsuyama 28/1 ew
    D Willet 35/1 ew

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    rememo 2 years ago

    Reply ↓
    March 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm
    Group Matches – Brandt Snedeker v Charley Hoffman
    Group Matches – Charl Schwartzel v Danny Lee
    Group Matches – Jason Day v Graeme McDowell
    Group Matches – Paul Casey v Thongchai Jaidee
    Group Matches – Hideki Matsuyama v Rafa Cabrerra Bello
    Group Matches – Kevin Kisner v Soren Kjeldsen
    Group Matches – Rickie Fowler v Jason Dufner
    Group Matches – Byeong-Hun An v Scott Piercy
    Group Matches – Sergio Garcia v Lee Westwood
    Group Matches – Marc Leishman v Ryan Moore
    Group Matches – Bubba Watson v Patton Kizzire
    Group Matches – J.B. Holmes v Emiliano Grillo
    Group Matches – Patrick Reed v Daniel Berger
    Group Matches – Phil Mickelson v Matthew Fitzpatrick
    Group Matches – Dustin Johnson v Robert Streb
    Group Matches – Jimmy Walker v Kiradech Aphibarnrat
    Group Matches – Louis Oosthuizen v Matt Jones
    Group Matches – Andy Sullivan v Bernd Wiesberger
    Group Matches – Jordan Spieth v Jamie Donaldson
    Group Matches – Justin Thomas v Victor Dubuisson
    Group Matches – Branden Grace v Chris Kirk
    Group Matches – Russell Knox v David Lingmerth
    Group Matches – Adam Scott v Thomas Pieters
    Group Matches – Bill Haas v Chris Wood
    Group Matches – Zach Johnson v Marcus Fraser
    Group Matches – Shane Lowry v Martin Kaymer
    Group Matches – Rory McIlroy v Thorbjorn Olesen
    Group Matches – Kevin Na v Smylie Kaufman
    Group Matches – Danny Willett v Jaco van Zyl
    Group Matches – Brooks Koepka v Billy Horschel
    Group Matches – Justin Rose v Fabian Gomez
    Group Matches – Matt Kuchar v Anirban Lahiri

    Let me know which players you think will progress…

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    rememo 2 years ago

    Any specific matches for day 2?

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