2017 WGC Dell Matchplay Betting Tips

March 22nd – 26th, 2017
Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,093
Purse: $9.75 million with $1,620,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day

Betting Strategy

The first thing to say about betting on the 2017 WGC Dell Matchplay is to be shrewd.  Matchplay has a way of throwing up shocks at every turn; any attempt at logic or reason can quickly turn around and bite you in the backside.  Yes there are guys like Rory McIlroy who are proven match players but even the best have no guarantees in this format; even if it has been improved now with group stages first.

My advice is not so much to back outright prior to the event but to wager prudently on group winner and match betting.  Use those I have named below as a reference list; those who remain deeper into the tournament may be worth a flutter then.

Doc's Five Best WGC Matchplay Bets

Jon Rahm 25/1

Jon Rahm funny pic
Jon Rahmbo. Close enough!

Is Jon Rahm the next star sent to win the Ryder Cup back for Europe in 2018?  This week will go a long way towards telling, because he's set for a dogfight in his group with Sergio, Shane Lowry and Kevin Chappell.  Rahm has been a revelation on Tour so far this season winning The Farmers and coming close again at Pebble and in Mexico and is rested coming into this tough week. If Jonny gets out of the group he might even find the next couple of matches a little easier!

Paul Casey 35/1

Finished poorly at The Arnie last Sunday but maybe Paul Casey has one eye on the matchplay this week.  He's a dab hand  at this format with that bulldog stare doing for several high profile names over the years.   Casey's greens in regulation game is the key to his competitiveness in matchplay, where his putting weaknesses are not as exposed.  Top-20's at the Honda and Mexico and a decent group draw with Ben An, Luiten and Schwartzel.

Matt Kuchar 50/1

Kuch may not be setting the world alight on Tour but in this matchplay format he's a dogged old competitor.  He'll hit the fairways and the greens and get the odd putt but he'll keep doing it consistently. All week! Won at the horrible Dove Mountain in 2013 and looks to have a manageable draw with Brendon Steele, Zach Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood who is in form himself and might give trouble.  A group win could set up a last 16 match with Dustin Johnson  so the bookies reckon 50/1 is about right.

Louis Oosthuizen 45/1

Cooled a bit since good showings in Phoenix and at the Super 6 in Perth but I like Louis in matchplay.  Lost out to Jason Day in the Championship match last year and got to the quarter finals the previous two years.  Has drawn the "group of death" this year with Matsuyama, Furyk and Ross Fisher to warm up with in the group.

Thomas Pieters 40/1

I cannot wait to see how Thomas Pieters gets on this week in Group 13 alongside Bubba, Vegas and Percy.  The Belgian was awesome at the Ryder Cup last year winning four points and setting records in the process.  Winning the group could set up a last 16 match against my other fancy Louis Oosthuizen but that's just the way it goes.

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