2016 Dell WGC Matchplay betting preview and tips.

WGC-Dell Match Play Championship
March 23rd – 27th, 2016
Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,073
Purse: $9.5 million with $1,620,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy

If there is one thing we have learned over the years it’s that when it comes to matchplay virtually anything goes.  The ‘favourite’ tag means nothing and upsets abound.  It’s a week I generally don’t advise betting “outright” pre tournament but here are four outsiders in each of the four brackets that might just spring a surprise and pay out if they reach the semi finals.

2016 WGC Dell Matchplay Group Draw and Brackets

2016 WGC Dell Matchplay Brackets

Doc's WGC Matchplay Four Bracket Outsiders To Watch

Jimmy Walker 66/1

It may be only Jimmy’s third WGC matchplay appearance but he has recent Ryder Cup and President’s Cup under his belt now and I fancy him for a run this week.  He’s also the home player and one of the few in the field with course knowledge of the ultra private Austin Country Club.  Sixth last time out at the WGC Cadillac thanks in large part to a T3 performance on the greens there.  Won the Valero Texas Open on this week one year ago.

Marc Leishman 50/1

Leishman shares his group with Garcia, Moore and Westwood and his in form greens in regulation stats could help him build a head of steam before a potential clash with Rickie Fowler down the line.  Also has to be an outsider to watch for the US Masters.

Paul Casey 28/1

Looks to be on far the tougher side of the draw but has the form and the temperament for matchplay.  Twice a finalist in 2009 and 2010 and Rory needed 22 holes to beat him on his way to winning at Harding Park.  Casey has been in the top 10 in the GIR rankings in his last four starts and comes off a T9 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando last week.  Darren Clarke will be growling outside the ropes!

Zach Johnson 66/1

Could be the man to benefit most from this event evolving from a brutally long slog to a 7,000 yard par 71 track.  Looked to be back on form at Bay Hill last week with a solo fifth.  A run could involve meeting Rory McIlroy and/or Adam Scott but if Zach does have a chance of beating them it’ll be at Austin Country Club not the likes of Dove Mountain.

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