Golf form expert Barry Plummer has everything you need to know from Austin Country Club
It’s that time of year again where we all start pretending we know how the bracket system works at the WGC-Dell Match Play! Below you’ll find who I fancy to take the title in Austin, but first…
WGC-Dell Match Play details
Venue: Austin Country Club, Texas, USA
Date: March 24-28, 2021
Course stats: Par 71; 7,082 yards.
Course summary: A typical Pete Dye track, packed with perilous bunkers, water hazards and undulating surfaces. The tree-lined fairways weave towards small Bermuda grass greens, and with wind a likely factor players will rely heavily on accuracy from tee to green. This strategic test boasts reachable par-5s and a driveable par-4, with a distinct change in terrain after the 6th hole as the players head into the hills. Fitness and fatigue will play a part in this event, with plenty of golf to be played for those progressing to the latter stages.
Format: 64 players battle it out in 16 round robin groups over the first three days, with the winner of each group progressing to the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, players compete in knockout matches en-route to the final with the top four players racking up seven rounds of golf over five days.
Purse: $10.5 million
Defending champion: Kevin Kisner (3&2 win over Matt Kuchar in 2019)
WGC-Dell Match Play TV coverage
Wednesday: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 3pm and again from 10.30pm
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf from 2.15pm and again from 6pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf from 2.15pm and again from 6pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 3pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 10.15pm
WGC-Dell Match Play betting tips
As usual, I’m joined by NCG’s Steve Carroll to discuss my betting tips for the WGC-Dell Match Play on the Dialled In podcast. I’ve picked out a couple of winners – selected once I saw the draw – and I’ll be back later in the week to add more selections. So keep an eye out!
You can listen to the podcast in the player below, or on your preferred podcast platform.
WGC-Dell Match Play staking plan
Matthew Fitzpatrick – 2.5pts e/w @ 40/1 with Bet365
Despite not making it out of the group stages of this event in his last four visits, Fitzpatrick has done enough in recent weeks to demonstrate his form here could be about to change. The World No 16 sneaks in as the final seeded player, therefore avoiding a group match tie with some of the big names and technically giving him a smoother passage through to the weekend. His form of late has also been sublime, with his last four results reading 9-10-11-5. Fitzpatrick has experience in match play scenarios, making his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 and appearing in the Walker Cup in 2013. His recent performances suggest this track shouldn’t cause too many problems this time around, with Fitzpatrick ranking 2nd for SG: Putting and 18th for SG: Off-the-Tee in the last three months. With the Ryder Cup on the horizon, Fitzpatrick will want to prove to Captain Harrington that he deserves a spot.
Sergio Garcia – 2.5pts e/w @ 40/1 with Bet365
Europe’s record point scorer in Ryder Cup history, Garcia has played some fine golf recently and has reached the weekend in his last two visits to this event. A quarter-final place last year was his best attempt in recent years, and with the Ryder Cup just around the corner I am sure Garcia will be targeting this as an opportunity to justify his selection. The Spaniard was 9th last time out at TPC Sawgrass, another famous Dye course, and currently ranks 2nd for SG: Off-the-Tee and 2nd for SG: Tee-to-Green in the last three months. The putter is where he will need to find improvement this week, but after winning at the Sanderson Farm Championship on a similar surface earlier in the season, Garcia may well feel at home back on Bermuda greens. With Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood lurking in the same group he will need a fast start to qualify for the weekend, but I fancy a gritty display to see him through.
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