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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play 3:00 AM | Sun, Mar 28 2021
Sport: PGA | Star Rating: 4.0 Evaluation: Loss (-400)
Pick
100 (True) - WGC Match Play - Futures @ Multiple Sportsbook

This week's second tournament (of three) is the WGC MATCH PLAY... and, please note, this is a 5-day event, and will start on Wednesday as opposed to the usual Thursday tee-off.

The extra day allows for an initial round-robin group format, followed by the Round of 16 and Quarter-Finals (both played on Saturday), then the Semi-Finals and the Final (both on Sunday) - in all, the winner will have to play seven rounds in five days.

But despite its unusual set-up, the tournament always attracts a very strong line-up with most, but not quite all, of the world's top players making a beeline for Texas this week.

Here's a preview of the action in the "Lone Star State"...

The Tournament - One of the four annual WGC (World Golf Championship) events this tournament is pitched just below the level of a Major. But what separates this event from other WGC, and Major, tournaments is that its format is Match Play - where individual players compete with each other over 18 holes (like we see on the final day of the Ryder Cup). First played in 1999 it used to be straight knock-out, with 64 players competing over five sudden-death rounds - winner progresses, loser goes home - to determine the two finalists. Now the players begin in 16 groups of four players, they all play against each other, and the group winner then goes through to the last 16 (basically to give all the players more golf... and, the cynics would say, for the better players to stand more of a chance of winning).

The Course - The tournament is held over five days at the Austin Country Club. The facility, situated on the edge of Lake Austin, was opened in 1980 and designed by Pete Dye. It's not a long course at 7,043 yards and it sets up as a par 71 (but this makes no great difference in match play) and has plenty of good scoring holes - all adding extra drama to this week's format.

72-Hole Record - n/a

18-Hole Record - n/a

Past Winners - Cancelled (2020), Kevin Kisner (2019), Bubba Watson (2018), Dustin Johnson (2017), Jason Day (2016).

The Field - A select field of just 64 players are in Texas this week. Justin Thomas is the +1300 favourite.

The Weather - There's a chance of rain on Wednesday (40%) and Thursday (60%), but heading into the weekend conditions improve markedly. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s, plenty of cloud cover (especially those first two days), and a slight breeze all week - but nothing more than 10mph.

The Bets - There are four bets ranging from +2100 to +3500.

Here are the details...

And rather than give individual player notes for this event, the Insider has written these words...

"Despite backing the last winner of this event (Kevin Kisner at +6100), I'm still not a massive fan of match play as the highly unpredictable nature of the format makes true value very hard to assess. However, I've backed four players this week who I feel are capable of winning, and so warrant a small investment."

He continues...

"I'm well aware that match play and strokeplay are two entirely different entities... and experience in this event, and Ryder Cups and the Presidents Cup (in the case of Im), is important to locating the winner. I won't give masses of explanation for each individual selection because as I've already mentioned I'm primarily backing these players due to their form/price/experience, and there's not much more to add in terms of reasoning".

WGC-DELL MATCH PLAY - TOURNAMENT WINNER

(starts Wednesday)

RORY MCILROY
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit to make Quarter-Finals (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +2100 B365, William Hill 
To make Quarter-Finals: +250 Fanduel

JORDAN SPIETH
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit to make Quarter-Finals (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +2600 B365, William Hill 
To make Quarter-Finals: +380 Fanduel

VIKTOR HOVLAND
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit to make Quarter-Finals (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +2900 B365, William Hill 
To make Quarter-Finals: +250 Fanduel

SUNGJAE IM
Bet: Place 0.5 unit to win, plus 0.5 unit to make Quarter-Finals (total stake 1 unit)
Winner Odds: +3500 Fanduel 
To make Quarter-Finals: +340 Fanduel

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