The tour takes its annual departure from the normal stroke play format to have a little match play fun. This year the World Golf Championships are taking up shop at Austin Country Club. Everything is bigger in Texas including the format. Some players are cut out for match play and others are not. Much like March Madness, you can expect to see a lower seed rise up and make their presence felt.
Let’s get right to it. If you follow me you know that I tend to pick out three swing holes that can decide a tournament. But this week is my standard departure from that logic. The match is to unique and the basis of when a match can be closed out is just too varied.
Dates: March 23 -27 2016
Course: Austin Country Club
Television Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 2:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 2:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 10:00 – 2:00 PM EST, NBC 2:00 -6:00 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 10:00 – 2:00 PM EST, NBC 3:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Purse: $9.5 million total purse, $1.62 million winner share
2016 WGC Dell Match Play Championship Predictions, Picks, Sleeper Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt in the unique match play format of the WGC Dell Match Play Championship. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 WGC Dell Match Play Championship Predictions, Picks, Sleeper
|Jason Day||What can you say about the player ranked third in the Official World Golf Rankings, he is hot. He made four of five cuts with four top-25s including the impressive win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this last week. He has won the WGC match play in the past back in 2014. He has the confidence, the game, and the mental toughness to excel in a match play format. Look out.|
|Matt Kuchar||If you can toss the missed cut last week and consider it an early rest for the grind of match play, then you must consider Kuchar. He finished in the top-10 at the Northern Trust a few back and has the temperament and swing to excel in match play. Remember it was not to long ago, 2013 to be exact, when he captured the match play championship crown. He can do it again, don't sleep on Kuchar.|
|Graeme McDowell||Sleeper is a relative term when you are talking generically about the top-64 players in the World Golf Rankings. In order to set up the pick, they had to be 50 or below for this event. That gave me Graeme McDowell at 62. While he has never won the event, he does have a couple of deep runs and his play in conditions like the US Open let me believe he can handed the grind. Factor in the Ryder Cup and you have a guy that can grind it out which is what is needed in this format. He just might be this year's high seed surprise assuming it is a decent draw.|