Golf: WGC Dell World Matchplay
Venue: Austin Country Club, Texas
Dates: Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th March 2021
The WGC World Matchplay gets underway in Texas, presenting the first opportunity for fans to see some of the world’s best face off in matchplay golf in 2021. As a completely different animal to Strokeplay, picking a winner in any matchplay event is always tough – especially with the world’s best golfers in action. The winner of the event takes home a remarkable $1.82 million for a weekend’s work and with over $10 million in the prize pot, it is one of the most lucrative events in world golf. Kevin Kisner is the defending champion, having prevailed in 2019 and it promises to be yet another superb weekend of matchplay golf in Texas.
All of the biggest names in world golf are in action here in Texas, which should set up an excellent week of golf:
Having been edged out by Dustin Johnson in the final of this event in 2017, Jon Rahm will be keen to go one better here and his matchplay form always tends to be strong.
Despite not possessing a standout record in matchplay golf, very few players will want to take on Bryson DeChambeau in a head to head format and his power could be deadly here.
With a win under his belt at the Players Championship a fortnight ago, Justin Thomas should arrive at this event full of confidence and ready to take on anybody.
World number one and previous winner of this event Dustin Johnson isn’t known for his matchplay prowess but when he gets going, he is practically impossible to stop.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy has opted to change his coaching staff in the past few days, and he will be hoping that move pays immediate dividends here.
Highest Finishing Englishman
Matchplay golf presents opportunities for the whole field and plenty of players will fancy their chances this week:
Fiery Englishman Tyrrell Hatton is made for matchplay golf and although his draw looks tricky, he is certainly one to watch here in Austin.
Despite his form being a far cry of years gone by, Ian Poulter lives for the contest of matchplay golf, and he looks vastly overpriced in the English market here.
Daniel Berger has a win and a 3rd place finish from his 3 starts since the season recommencing and he will be very keen to stamp his authority from the off here in Memphis.
Fresh off the back of a top 10 finish last week at the Honda Classic, Sungjae Im looks to be in great form and his game should suit matchplay golf too.
Fellow South Korean, Si Woo Kim has also been in the mix in most of the events he has played this season and he should relish the head to head format here in Texas.
As a two-time winner of this event, Jason Day knows what it takes to succeed in matchplay golf, and he looks well set to come out on top over his fellow Australians.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Jon Rahm – 14.00
Top Englishman: Tyrrell Hatton – 4.25
Top Asian: Sungjae Im – 1.25
Top Australian : Jason Day – 1.50