World Golf Championships - Dell Match Play

Craig Edwards

Monday, March 25, 2019 2:51 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 25, 2019 2:51 PM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the betting markets for this week's Dell Technologies World Match Play

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>WGC Match Play</h2><p><strong>March 27-31<br />Sky Sports<br />Austin GC<br />Par 71, 7128 yards<br />Entrants: 64</strong></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Keeping it *beautiful* at Austin Country Club. 😍 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WGC-Dell Match Play (@DellMatchPlay) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 25, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Preview</h2><p>This week’s event is one of four World Golf Championship events every season however, we have match play as opposed to golf followers, normal routine of seventy-two-hole stroke play. The field is made up from the top sixty-four players in the Official World Golf Ranking. Prize money is recognised as official on both the European and PGA tours.</p><p>This is the fourth successive year the Austin County Club has hosted the event. The format of eighteen-hole match play can be a real lottery but you would not know that in the winners roll of honour. Last year’s champion Bubba Watson is the last name of many of the games major winners who have won this championship. Tiger Woods has won the event three times winning thirteen successive matches between 2003-2005 while Australian major champions Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy have both won twice. World number one Dustin Johnson won in 2017 while the the multiple major winner Rory Mcllroy won in 2016. Englishman Ian Poulter has won once while his compatriot Paul Casey has been runner up twice.</p><p>Matchplay is a unique format and for many years in the eighties and nineties the great Seve Ballesteros dominated the events of that era. If you have a disastrous hole it can only put you one down whereas in stroke play it could lose you the tournament. The format is often suited to aggressive golfers in the knowledge they can continue in their natural game without normal pressure applying.</p><h2>Verdict</h2><p>The first player I am keen to keep onside is the Australian Jason Day who has won the event twice in the last five years showing an unusual liking for the format. He has started the current season in superb fashion with four top 8 finishes in his completed events.</p><p>The Englishman Ian Poulter has himself been in similar good form with four top 6 finishes in his eight events. Like Seve Ballesteros he has often been Europe's Ryder Cup star showing his love of match play in the event.</p><p>Twice Masters Champion Bubba Watson is another aggressive player with a style that suits the event and last year's win showed he takes the format serious and he has been a model of consistency this season so far without winning a tournament.</p><p>Fellow Englishman Paul Casey warrants respect here twice a runner up in previous years and already this season twice a runner up followed by winning last week’s Valspar Championship. It is accurate to say Casey does not win as much as he should, but he will always give a consistent level of performance making him a most difficult opponent.</p><p>Northern Irishman Rory Mclroy just ended twelve months without a tournament victory at the Players Championship and twice a finalist once a winner here we know the format suits his aggressive brand of golf.</p><p>Last year’s runner up Kevin Kisner has been a model of consistency so far this season and I expect he will enjoy a change to stroke play which has been frustrating for him with average finishing positions after plenty of promising starts.</p><p>Another interesting contender and former champion is the ever reliable Matt Kuchar who has become something of a controversial figure this season. The American has been outed in the media as a cheapskate after paying his stand in caddy the required fee but no percentage of his winnings in a week he won. The stand in Caddy at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico would normally have expected at least a $50,000 bonus of Kuchar's $1,296,000 winnings and it was not until the player's sponsor's strong armed him a few weeks ago that he paid up.</p><p>I would like to see Tiger Woods win but will not be having a bet on it, at his age with the back problems he suffers the fluid demanding format is far from ideal.</p><p>It is worth noting that Paddy Power bet 1/5 odds places 1-8</p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p><em><strong>Ian Poulter each way @33/1 (34.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Paddy Power </a></strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Paul Casey each way @25/1 (26.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Paddy Power </a></strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Jason Day each way @20/1 (20.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Paddy Power </a></strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Bubba Watson each way @28/1 (29.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Paddy Power</a></strong></em></p>
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