The second World Golf Championship event of the year tees off on Wednesday at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is a different beast from stroke-play events in that the players go head-to-head, so it’s a change in mentality. Let’s take a look at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Odds.
Austin Country Club is a par-71 track that is 7,108 yards in total. It has been held here since 2016, except for last year, of course, when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch starting on Wednesday on The Golf Channel from 2:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET. The same schedule is set for Thursday and Friday. The Gold Channel will also air Saturday and Sunday’s action from 10:00 AM ET to 2:00 PM ET, when it will switch to NBC until 6:00 PM ET.
All golf betting odds from Bovada.
Bryson DeChambeau (+1200)
DeChambeau has only played this event once, going 1-2 in his group in 2019. Things have changed for DeChambeau since then, as he’s put on a lot of weight and won a U.S. Open in 2020. But the match-play style might not suit him. This could be simply a chance for the Bay Hill winner to get at least three rounds in before the Masters in two weeks.
Justin Thomas (+1200)
Thomas went to the semifinals here in 2018, by far his best finish in four Match Play starts. He is rested after winning The Players Championship, which moved him up the Masters odds for Augusta. Thomas has a tough group, with Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Louis Oosthuizen, so it’ll be a lot just to have Thomas get out of the group stage.
Dustin Johnson (+1400)
The reigning Masters champion and sports betting favorite to repeat at Augusta, Johnson (who is also the top-ranked player in the world) won this event in 2017. His match-play results have been up and down, so it’s hard to handicap his chances. Again, this is probably more practice for the Masters.
Jon Rahm (+1400)
Rahm lost to Johnson in the 2017 Match Play final, and he has finished T-52 and T-24 since then. He seems to like playing in match-play events, and Rahm’s temperament has improved since then. Rahm struggled at the 2018 Ryder Cup in team matches, but he won his singles match with Tiger Woods as a part of the winning European team.
Rory McIlroy (+2000)
McIlroy was also a part of that winning European team, and he won this even in 2015, going to the semifinals the following year. It has been tough times for McIlroy, who desperately needs a spark to his season going into Augusta. He’ll continue to be a golf betting favorite, but McIlroy needs to make something happen and match play might be the kick he needs.
Jordan Spieth (+2500)
No one has enjoyed a better rise up the Masters odds than Spieth, except for maybe the surging Lee Westwood. He has been red-hot lately, and looking for a strong performance in an event where he reached the quarterfinals in his debut appearance in 2014. Spieth also wants to be good form heading into Augusta, where he won in 2015 (and should have in 2016).
Patrick Reed (+2800)
Reed’s nickname is “Captain America” for his play in the international tournaments, but he has never gone past the round of 16 in the Match Play event. But controversy seems to follow Reed wherever he goes, and with fans returning, he might hear some chirps. That is exactly what Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, thrives on.
Sergio Garcia (+4000)
Garcia is one of the best match-play players in the world, finishing fourth in this event in 2010 and making it to the quarterfinals in 2019. He is also well known for his exploits for the Ryder Cup, where he always gets up for the action.
Kevin Kisner (+5000)
Kisner finished runner-up to Bubba Watson in 2018, and then beat Kuchar in the 2019 final to claim the win. He hasn’t been great this season and is coming off a missed cut at The Players Championship. However, Kisner’s track record here makes me a solid longshot pick.
Ian Poulter (+12500)
Take everything that was said about Garcia and apply it to Poulter, who won this event in 2010. He hasn’t even been good this season, but Poulter likes being the enemy, much like Reed. A deep run isn’t out of the question.
Best Golf Bets
- Patrick Reed to win (+2800)
- Sergio Garcia to win Group 8 (+220)
- Tony Finau to win Group 12 (+160)