When: March 21-25, 2018
Where: Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
Format: Match Play
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and NBC
The second of five WGC events gets underway March 21-25, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play. The top 64 players in the current world rankings get invites and it’s the only event on the PGA Tour that uses the match play format.
Players are divided into four-man groups with the winner advancing from each group. The sixteen winners move on and compete in a pure knockout match play format until the last man is standing.
Last year, Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm in an epic final that went all 18 holes. Johnson was one up heading to the last and looked to be on the verge of disaster after his approach shot missed the green. The world No. 1, calmly got it up and down to seal the win.
Austin Country Club will host the event. It will be the third year it has done so and so far, all the players have enjoyed it and it truly is a wonderful match play course with risk / reward holes sprinkled up and down the scorecard.
The past champions list is impressive with the likes of Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. Woods is the only player to win it three times.
Preview: The second World Golf Championship of 2018 gets underway this week in Austin, Texas at the WCC - Dell Technologies Match Play and also is the only event on the PGA Tour schedule that features the match play format.
The top-64 players in the world are on hand, well, a few withdrew. Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott decided to skip the event, but all the other top players are entered. Continue...
The WGC - Dell Match Play is part of a series of 4 World Golf Championship tournaments, with international fields, in varied formats (match play, stroke and team).
The series of tournaments are considered the most important tournaments outside of the four majors and the Players Championship.
Founded in 1899, Austin Country Club is one of the oldest existing clubs in Texas. The club’s current property is located on a challenging Pete Dye-designed golf course built in 1984 with breathtaking views of Lake Austin.
This course is the third home for Austin Country Club since its founding in 1899. With its deep pot bunkers, undulating turf and dramatic fairway falls, the course includes Texas accents added by extensive use of massive limestone slabs, quarried on site, to build revetments for tees, greens and fairways. The club has served as home to several of the game’s greats, including World Golf Hall of Famers Harvey Penick, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.
The WGC-Dell Match Play is one of the best events for golf fans and especially fans who gamble on golf.
And, given the history of upsets since this tournament's inception in 1999, it's fair to say that, in theory at least, every one of the 64 competitors has a chance of winning the event.
The roll call of former winners, however, suggests otherwise.
Golf Match play Betting has become a very exciting affair thanks to the matchplay format and the tournament comes very early in the season when players have not necessarily found their form and it means there is some great value to be found in the betting for each match, for division winners and for the outright winner.
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Dustin Johnson became the first player to sweep the World Golf Championships with a dominant week that included more drama than he needed in the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson escaped a furious charge by Jon Rahm when the 22-year-old Spaniard failed to birdie the 18th hole.
Johnson’s 1-up victory completed a week in which he never trailed in any of his seven matches, and he led in 105 of the 112 holes he played. It was the third straight victory for Johnson, and it stamped his position at No. 1.
Johnson never went beyond the 16th hole, when he had to hold on to beat Hideto Tanihara in the semi-finals and Rahm in the championship match. He previously won the Mexico Championship, Bridgestone Invitational and HSBC Champions.
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