WGC Match Play: Search for Group Winners

The run of prestigious golf tournaments continues, as most of the sport’s cream travel to the Austin Country Club for the second of this season’s World Golf Championships, this time using the match play format.

Recently changed from a straight knockout format, the top 64 players available (there are some absences due to preparations for the Masters) are seeded into 16 groups of four. After the round robin matches, the group winners proceed to the last sixteen when it becomes pure match play.

This tournament used to be extremely difficult to predict under the old format. Although there are likely to be fewer shocks given the group stage, we at Lap of The Odds think it makes sense to wait until the last sixteen is known and the draw made before selecting a potential winner. Instead, it may be worth betting on players to top their respective groups.

South African Louis Oosthuizen lost in the final last year to Jason Day, and looks good value at 9/4 to top Group 4. Sergio Garcia, at 2/1 to top Group 7, and fellow Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello, at 9/4 in Group 10, can also progress. American Brandt Snedeker, at 17/10, in Group 15 is worth a punt.

Recommendation: Oosthuizen, Garcia, Cabrera Bello and Snedeker in a win Yankee.


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