The WGC: Dell Match Play bracket is set after the PGA TOUR randomly drew first-round groups Monday. The bracket features the top-64 Official World Golf Rankings players entering the week of competition. If one of the top-64 players does not play, the next in line in the rankings becomes eligible.
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WGC: Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Format
Each group has one player from the four OWGR tiers:
- Tier 1: players ranked 1-16
- Tier 2: players ranked 17-32
- Tier 3: players ranked 33-48
- Tier 4: players ranked 49-64
The first round of the bracket features round-robin matchups. There are four golfers in each group, similar to World Cup group play. Survive group play, and you advance to the Round of 16.
Note this tournament begins Wednesday.
Where Is The Value In The Dell Match Play Bracket?
Let’s break down each quadrant and group in the bracket, and show you the best available outright odds on each player, along with where they rank in TheLines golf writer John Haslbauer’s model this week from his tournament preview. Check out that preview for more info on how John assembled his model for the Dell Match Play bracket.
The “seed” for each player is his OWGR. Click on the odds anywhere below to bet now.
Quadrant 1 (Top Left)
No. 1 Jon Rahm: ; No. 3 model rank
No. 66 Sebastian Muñoz: ; No. 59 model rank
No. 28 Patrick Reed: ; No. 22 model rank
No. 45 Cameron Young: ; No. 52 model rank
No. 20 Brooks Koepka: ; No. 41 model rank
No. 61 Erik Van Rooyen: ; No. 58 model rank
No. 33 Shane Lowry: ; No. 13 model rank
No. 40 Harold Varner III: ; No. 39 model rank
No. 11 Dustin Johnson: ; No. 6 model rank
No. 57 Mackenzie Hughes: ; No. 51 model rank
No. 35 Max Homa: ; No. 33 model rank
No. 43 Matthew Wolff: ; No. 63 model rank
No. 13 Bryson DeChambeau: ; No. 8 model rank
No. 60 Richard Bland: ; No. 60 model rank
No. 32 Talor Gooch: ; No. 36 model rank
No. 53 Lee Westwood: ; No. 62 model rank
Player To Watch: Dustin Johnson
DJ got a pretty manageable draw here, as the only potential player he would face before the Round of 8 that ranks top 30 in John Haslbauer’s model this week is Bryson DeChambeau. Plus, Bryson has been dealing with injuries and will play in his first tournament since the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Johnson is a past champion here, and also is among the highest winning percentages at this event amongst players with at least 10 matches. If he can avoid Jon Rahm, it’s conceivable Dustin has a Round of 8 matchup against another player outside John’s top 10.
Quadrant 2 (Bottom Left)
No. 4 Patrick Cantlay: ; No. 2 model rank
No. 71 Keith Mitchell: ; No. 54 model rank
No. 26 Sungjae Im: ; No. 15 model rank
No. 48 Seamus Power: ; No. 42 model rank
No. 17 Tyrrell Hatton: ; No. 37 model rank
No. 58 Christian Bezuidenhout: ; No. 48 model rank
No. 21 Daniel Berger: ; No. 10 model rank
No. 54 Si Woo Kim: ; No. 32 model rank
No. 5 Scottie Scheffler: ; No. 4 model rank
No. 67 Ian Poulter: ; No. 38 model rank
No. 25 Matt Fitzpatrick: ; No. 31 model rank
No. 46 Tommy Fleetwood: ; No. 40 model rank
No. 16 Billy Horschel: ; No. 7 model rank
No. 55 Min Woo Lee: ; No. 61 model rank
No. 31 Thomas Pieters: ; No. 49 model rank
No. 38 Tom Hoge: ; No. 21 model rank
Player To Watch: Tom Hoge
A winner at Pebble Beach this season who was also in contention at THE PLAYERS before the final round, Hoge found himself in a winnable group here, albeit against the defending champion, Billy Horschel. Honestly, this is not a quadrant I’m keen on taking too many longshots with Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler very well suited for match play, but if I was going to pick one, it would be Hoge.
Quadrant 3 (Top Right)
No. 2 Collin Morikawa: ; No. 9 model rank
No. 70 Robert MacIntyre: ; No. 47 model rank
No. 27 Jason Kokrak: ; No. 44 model rank
No. 49 Sergio Garcia: ; No. 17 model rank
No. 19 Abraham Ancer: ; No. 28 model rank
No. 65 Bubba Watson: ; No. 29 model rank
No. 36 Webb Simpson: ; No. 43 model rank
No. 50 Brian Harman: ; No. 45 model rank
No. 9 Xander Schauffele: ; No. 11 model rank
No. 63 Takumi Kanaya: ; No. 64 model rank
No. 23 Tony Finau: ; No. 46 model rank
No. 44 Lucas Herbert: ; No. 56 model rank
No. 14 Louis Oosthuizen: ; No. 16 model rank
No. 56 Alex Noren: ; No. 20 model rank
No. 24 Paul Casey: ; No. 18 model rank
No. 41 Corey Conners: ; No. 35 model rank
Player To Watch: Xander Schauffele
At the time of publish, Schauffele is available at +2800. The Olympic gold medalist has four T15s in his last six events and a T3 in Phoenix. His form is fine, and the draw here is ideal. If he doesn’t advance from this group, it would be stunning. It’s a bad group. Then there are no juggernauts in a potential Round of 16 matchup and only Collin Morikawa and his inconsistent putter strike fear among the names for a potential Round of 8 match. +2800 is a wild price for Xander in any tournament, but especially this one given his draw.
If you’re looking for a longshot though, Bubba Watson is interesting to at least emerge from his group. You’re getting a guy the model basically likes just as much as Abraham Ancer at much longer odds.
Quadrant 4 (Bottom Right)
No. 3 Viktor Hovland: ; No. 5 model rank
No. 72 Sepp Straka: ; No. 55 model rank
No. 29 Will Zalatoris: ; No. 23 model rank
No. 51 Cameron Tringale: ; No. 57 model rank
No. 18 Joaquin Niemann: ; No. 14 model rank
No. 74 Maverick McNealy: ; model rank TBD (late entry)
No. 30 Kevin Na: ; No. 26 model rank
No. 39 Russell Henley: ; No. 12 model rank
No. 7 Justin Thomas: ; No. 1 model rank
No. 59 Luke List: ; No. 50 model rank
No. 34 Kevin Kisner: ; No. 24 model rank
No. 42 March Leishman ; No. 30 model rank
No. 15 Jordan Spieth: ; No. 27 model rank
No. 69 Keegan Bradley ; No. 53 model rank
No. 37 Adam Scott: ; No. 25 model rank
No. 52 Justin Rose: ; No. 34 model rank
Player To Watch: Kevin Kisner
In his group, he has to take out the No. 1 player in the model, Justin Thomas, but if he can, look out. The Round of 16 matchup would come next against somebody outside the top 20 in John’s rankings. He’s the player in this field with the best aggregate record in Match Play at Austin Country Club and the 2019 champion. Since 2016, he has a record of 16-6-1 on these grounds. He’s also a top-10 Bermuda putter in this field.