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PGA: WGC-Dell Match Play Odds

Rory McIlroy

One of the most exciting tournaments of the PGA Tour calendar takes its show to Austin, Texas this week as the WGC-Dell Match Play gets underway at Austin Country Club. The WGC-Dell Match Play is the only event of the season aside from the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup that uses the match play scoring system. For those who aren’t familiar, match play differs from stroke play because players are paired head-to-head instead of the traditional format. Call it golf’s version of March Madness, if you will.

This event received a face-lift last year, much to the chagrin of its participants. There are 16 round-robin groups, with the top 16 players in the world placed in separate divisions and the rest of the top 48 put in three pools with a golfer from each pool randomly drawn and slotted in one of the 16 groups. Each player in the group faces the other three in an 18-hole match to determine who advances.

At Bovada, Rory McIlroy is a +1000 favorite to go all the way, with Jason Day (+1100), Adam Scott (+1200), Jordan Spieth (+1200) and Rickie Fowler (+1400) rounding out the top five.

It’s not much of a surprise to see McIlroy sitting at the top of this list. The Northern Irishman is the defending champion, going undefeated in pool play last year before topping Gary Woodland in the final. McIlroy is a fantastic match play golfer with the best record in the tournament, having spearheaded Europe’s Ryder Cup squad since 2010.

Fresh off a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Spieth is another golfer who boasts a strong record in match play events. Spieth failed to make it out of his pool in 2015 but he knows the course extremely well, having played there while attending the University of Texas. That could give the 23-year-old a huge edge and help him snap out of his brief two-month slump.

The uniqueness of the WGC-Dell Match Play makes it quite a spectacle to watch, however, it’s far from the easiest event to wager on. Instead of having to worry about how every other golfer on the course is performing, the setup requires players to have a strong mental focus in order to trump their playing partner. That means past Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experience is invaluable.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds. Who are you backing? Let us know in the comment section.

2016 WGC-Dell Match Play Odds

Odds as of March 22 at Bovada

  • Rory Mcilroy +1000
  • Jason Day +1100
  • Adam Scott +1200
  • Jordan Spieth +1200
  • Rickie Fowler +1400
  • Bubba Watson +1600
  • Justin Rose +2200
  • Dustin Johnson +2500
  • Patrick Reed +2800
  • Charl Schwartzel +3000
  • Paul Casey +3000
  • Phil Mickelson +3000
  • Hideki Matsuyama +3000
  • Danny Willett +3300
  • Louis Oosthuizen +3300
  • Branden Grace +3500
  • Sergio Garcia +4000
  • Brooks Koepka +5000
  • Brandt Snedeker +5000
  • Matt Kuchar +5000
  • Zach Johnson +5000
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Justin Thomas +6000
  • Andy Sullivan +6000
  • Bill Haas +6500
  • J.B. Holmes +6600
  • Jimmy Walker +6600
  • Byeong Hun-An +8000
  • Graeme McDowell +8000
  • Kevin Kisner +8000
  • Shane Lowry +8000
  • Jason Dufner +8000
  • Kevin Na +9000
  • Russell Knox +9000
  • Billy Horschel +10000
  • Ryan Moore +10000
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat +10000
  • Martin Kaymer +11000
  • Bernd Wiesberger +12500
  • Thomas Pieters +12500
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello +12500
  • David Lingmerth +12500
  • Anirban Lahiri +15000
  • Charley Hoffman +15000
  • Chris Wood +15000
  • Daniel Berger +15000
  • Danny Lee +15000
  • Emiliano Grillo +15000
  • Lee Westwood +15000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +15000
  • Smylie Kaufman +15000
  • Thongchai Jaidee +15000
  • Victor Dubuisson +15000
  • Scott Piercy +15000
  • Chris Kirk +17500
  • Jamie Donaldson +17500
  • Patton Kizzire +17500
  • Matt Jones +20000
  • Thorbjorn Olesen +20000
  • Marcus Fraser +20000
  • Robert Streb +20000
  • Fabian Gomez +25000
  • Soren Kjeldsen +25000
  • Jaco Van Zyl +25000

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