The WGC Dell Match Play 2019, Outright Preview


The Austin Country Club in Texas is once again the venue for the WGC Dell Match Play and unlike regular PGA Tour events it get off to a Wednesday start.

The Format

After numerous changes in format this tournament appears to be settling in to the current format which sees 16 groups of 4 players and each player playing at least 3 matches.  The top 16 ranked players are kept apart and the top player in each group advances to the Round of 16 when sudden death play commences.

As to be expected from a WGC event we have a quality field and an in-form Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcilroy are both priced at 10/1 at the time of writing with Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm the other golfers trading at under 20/1.

Since moving to the new format quality has tended to rise to the top in this Tournament and the last 3 winners have been Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson


Past Winners

2018 – Bubba Watson

2017 – Dustin Johnson

2016 – Jason Day

2015 – Rory McIlroy

2014 – Jason Day



Dustin Johnson 10/1

Rory Mcilroy 10/1

Justin Thomas 16/1

Jon Rahm 18/1

Justin Rose 22/1

Tommy Fleetwood 22/1

Jason Day 22/1

Brooks Koepka 22/1


28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.



Jason Day each way at 22/1

Day has been in good form in recent weeks and I certainly expect him to make a solid assault on the majors this season.  He is a multiple winner of this event and a proven exponent of match play.


Louis Oosthuizen each way at 50/1

Oosthuizen showed he is coming to hand with a top 3 finish last week and he was runner-up here 3 years ago.


Billy Horschel each way at 80/1

Horschel plays this Tournament for the first time in 3 years and while he doesn’t have a great record in the event, I do like the way he is playing at the moment and at 80/1 we cannot do much damage.


Rory Mcilroy each way at 10/1

Rory is my headline selection this week.  He won on tour two weeks ago and is a past champion in this event as well as a proven match play performer in the Ryder Cup.  I am expecting a big challenge from a confident Rory Mcilroy.


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