The 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play golf event on the PGA Tour is taking place from March 23-27, 2016, at the Austin Country Club located in Austin, Texas. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA golfers to win the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play golf event.
The WGC Match Play event on the PGA Tour has been played annually since 1999. Tiger Woods (2003, 2004, 2008) holds the record for most wins in the event with three. Geoff Ogilvy (2006, 2009) is the only other player to win the event more than once. Rory McIlroy is the defending champion and Jason Day won the WGC Match Play event in 2014.
All players with betting odds of 50 to 1 or less are listed below with comments. Then a few notables with much higher odds are listed with comments about why they might have a chance to win this week.
Good luck to all the PGA golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play!
1. Jason Day – 10 to 1 odds
After winning the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Jason Day is the betting favorite to win the 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play Championship in 2016. Jason Day won this event in 2014 and he now has eight wins on the PGA Tour. Day obviously has the talent and can handle the format to win this but you have to wonder if he will have the mental toughness to come right back and win again after his Arnold Palmer win last week.
2. Rory McIlroy – 11 to 1
Rory McIlroy is the defending champion in this event and he is the second choice in the betting odds to win again this year at 11 to 1. McIlroy has not been playing great lately, he just finished the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a 27th place tie last week. Maybe the change in format will help McIlroy get on track this week as he tries to win for the 12th time on the PGA Tour.
T-3. Jordan Spieth – 12 to 1
After missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open, Jordan Spieth has finished in a tie for 17th and a tie for 18th in his last two tournaments. That’s not great play but it’s not terrible either. Will be very interesting to see how Jordan Spieth plays in match-play this week as he gets ready to defend his Masters title in a few weeks.
T-3. Adam Scott – 12 to 1
Adam Scott was super hot as he won the Honda Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Championship in back-to-back weeks but then he took a week off from playing and only managed a tie for 12th last week in the Arnold Palmer. Scott is obviously playing well but he’s yet to win this event.
T-5. Bubba Watson – 15 to 1
Bubba Watson has also never won this match play event and it’s certainly debatable whether he can handle this type of play. Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open and then finished second in the WGC-Cadillac in his last two starts. He said his back was stiff last week so he didn’t play.
T-5. Rickie Fowler – 15 to 1
Rickie Fowler has not played since he tied for 8th at the WGC-Cadillac a few weeks ago. Fowler won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship back in January. Not sure if he’s cut out to win a match play event.
T-7. Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed – 25 to 1 odds each
Justin Rose tied for 9th place last week in the Arnold Palmer. You’d think he could handle match play well. Dustin Johnson has the game to win a match play event but does he have the mental toughness? Not sure Patrick Reed has the mental toughness or the game to win a match play event played over many days.
T-10. Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey – 33 to 1 odds each
Paul Casey made it to the quarterfinals here last year where he lost to Rory McIlroy. Casey was also the runner-up in this event in both 2009 and 2010. Obviously he can handle match play. Charl Schwartzel won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago for his second PGA Tour win in his last start. Schwartzel is capable but he’s another player you have to wonder if he can come right back and win again this week.
T-12. Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett, Branden Grace – 35 to 1 odds each
Phil Mickelson was 5th in the WGC-Cadillac in his last start. Danny Willett beat Jim Furyk last year in this event to finish in 3rd place in the consolation match. Willett has four career European Tour wins including the 2016 Dubai Desert Classic. Branden Grace has probably not been playing well enough lately to win this.
T-15. Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama – 40 to 1 odds each
Louis Oosthuizen played well to tie for 7th in the Valspar Championship in his last start. Oosthuizen won the 2016 Perth International on the European Tour on February 28th. Hideki Matsuyama tied for 6th place last week in the Arnold Palmer. Matsuyama won the 2016 Phoenix Open on February 7th.
T-17. Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia – 45 to 1 odds each
Brooks Koepka is going to have to pick up his game this week if he wants to have any chance at all in this event. Koepka tied for 23rd place at the WGC-Cadillac in his last start. Sergio Garcia finished in 2nd place in the Honda Classic and tied for 11th in the WGC-Cadillac in his last two starts. He’s a mild threat off those two efforts.
T-19. Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar – 50 to 1 odds each
Zach Johnson may be rounding into form as he finished alone in 5th place last week in the Arnold Palmer. Matt Kuchar missed the cut last week after an 11th place finish the week before in the Valspar. Brandt Snedeker has not been playing well lately as he missed the cut and then tied for 36th place last week in his last two starts. Snedeker did win the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open in February 1st.
- Martin Kaymer – 125 to 1 odds
Martin Kaymer has never won the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship but he did come in second place in 2011 to Luke Donald. Martin Kaymer has not won a tournament since 2014 but he’s only 31 years old and he might be due to play well here.
- Victor Dubuisson – 150 to 1 odds
Victor Dubuisson has never won the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship but he did come in second in this event in 2014 behind winner Jason Day. Dubuisson has won the Turkish Airlines Open twice on the European Tour including in 2015 for his only two professional wins but he’s only 25 and he has a lot of golf talent and enough to win this at big odds if he plays well.
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat – 120 to 1 odds
Kiradech Aphibarnrat from Thailand is 26 years old and he has three wins on the European Tour. His last win was in the 2015 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament in Scotland last August so he can handle this type of format and he’s big odds this week.