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DraftKings PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf Preview: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play History vs. Current Form

Zach Thompson takes a look at golfers with the best course history and current form ahead of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The PGA TOUR is ready for its version of March Madness as players tee it up for the WGC-Match Play in Austin, Texas. The format is a unique one, the course is a diverse one and the field is an elite one, so we have all the elements in play for another wild week of upsets and fantastic finishes.

Each week this season, this post has examined two of the key factors to consider when building your DraftKings fantasy golf teams. You can find the most notable course history and current form for those teeing it up this week at PGA National in the charts below.

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Course History

The WGC Match Play spent much of its history at Dove Mountain in Arizona and moved to Austin Country Club in 2016. Since the event was canceled due to COVID-19 last year, there are four years of history at this track. Here’s a look at the notable results from those four tournaments:

Course History

Player Name Salary 2016 2017 2018 2019
Player Name Salary 2016 2017 2018 2019
Dustin Johnson $11,500 QF 1 59 40
Justin Thomas $11,200 61 39 4 24
Jon Rahm $10,700 -- 2 52 24
Rory McIlroy $10,200 4 30 36 R16
Patrick Reed $9,600 R16 51 R16 24
Jordan Spieth $9,300 R16 30 17 24
Webb Simpson $9,100 -- 58 29 56
Daniel Berger $9,000 61 39 59 --
Paul Casey $8,900 51 R16 17 R16
Matt Fitzpatrick $8,700 38 17 36 61
Tyrrell Hatton $8,600 -- 17 R16 R16
Jason Day $8,400 1 58 36 61
Sergio Garcia $8,300 18 30 R16 QF
Hideki Matsuyama $8,200 18 51 36 24
Louis Oosthuizen $8,100 2 17 R16 QF
Tommy Fleetwood $7,800 -- 39 17 24
Lee Westwood $7,700 38 17 -- 56
Kevin Kisner $7,600 38 17 2 1
Bubba Watson $7,400 28 R16 1 40
Si Woo Kim $7,300 -- 30 R16 61
Kevin Na $7,100 17 R16 52 QF
Marc Leishman $6,800 51 R16 52 R16
Matt Kuchar $6,700 R16 30 R16 2

Since the format is different, there are some different notations in the chart. “R16” and “QF” denote players who were eliminated in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, respectively. The format includes three rounds of group play where each player takes on the three other players in their group. The top player from each of the 16 groups moves on to the knockout stage. The three rounds of group play take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the quarterfinals Saturday and the semifinals and finals on Sunday. Make sure to set your lineups early!

The Austin Country Club itself is a par 71 that has a lot of variety built into its design by Pete Dye. The course was designed to echo the well-known courses in Scotland and even includes its own version of the “highlands” and “lowlands.” The course begins along Lake Austin with water in play for several of the opening holes before heading into the hills for the later holes.

The course does have some unique twists and turns, but it's mostly the format of the event that will impact this week’s outcomes. Instead of normal stroke play, going head-to-head with another player in Match Play can play to certain golfers’ strengths. Typically, more aggressive players can post good results in Match Play formats since it's impossible to lose more than one hole at a time, instead of in-stroke play where a risk gone wrong can cost players multiple strokes.

Other events to consider with formats that emphasize Match Play are the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and USGA Amateur championships. Ryder Cup stalwarts like Ian Poulter ($6,700) and Matt Kuchar ($6,700) have had success at this event as well. Kuchar is the only player to advance to the knockout stage in three of the past four years.

The player with the most success in the PGA TOUR’s previous trips to this track has been Kevin Kisner ($7,600), who won the event in 2019 and finished second the previous year. He’s the only player with multiple trips to Sunday’s final four in the four years the event has been held at Austin Country Club. He’s the defending champion this week and is a solid mid-range target.

Some bargain players with good course history here include Marc Leishman ($6,800) with a pair of trips to the Round of 16, and Bubba Watson ($7,400), who won here in 2018 and also made the Round of 16 the year before. Jason Day ($8,400) is another former champ teeing it up this week, and he has actually won two WGC-Match Play Championships after also winning in 2014 at the final event at Dove Mountain.

Current Form

A player’s current form coming into this week is another important factor to consider. The Match Play format does emphasize different strategies, but players scoring low in stroke play formats will hope to be able to keep things going as they head to Austin. Here are the players with the best results overall in 2021:

Current Form

Player Name Salary The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis WGC-Workday Arnold Palmer THE PLAYERS Honda
Player Name Salary The American Express Farmers Insurance Open Waste Management AT&T Pebble Beach Genesis WGC-Workday Arnold Palmer THE PLAYERS Honda
Justin Thomas $11,200 -- -- 13 -- CUT 15 -- 1 --
Bryson DeChambeau $10,900 -- -- -- -- CUT 22 1 3 --
Jon Rahm $10,700 -- 7 13 -- 5 32 -- 9 --
Collin Morikawa $10,400 -- -- -- -- 43 1 -- 41 --
Patrick Cantlay $9,800 2 -- -- 3 15 -- -- CUT --
Patrick Reed $9,600 CUT 1 -- -- -- 9 CUT 22 --
Viktor Hovland $9,400 -- 2 -- -- 5 2 49 CUT --
Jordan Spieth $9,300 -- CUT 4 3 15 -- 4 48 --
Tony Finau $9,200 4 2 -- -- 2 14 -- CUT --
Daniel Berger $9,000 -- -- CUT 1 -- 35 -- 9 --
Sungjae Im $8,800 12 32 17 -- -- 28 21 17 8
Matt Fitzpatrick $8,700 -- -- -- -- 5 11 10 9 --
Cameron Smith $8,500 -- CUT -- -- 4 11 -- 17 --
Joaquin Niemann $8,000 -- -- -- -- 43 28 -- 29 25
Will Zalatoris $7,900 -- 7 17 55 15 22 10 21 --
Corey Conners $7,800 -- 37 17 -- CUT -- 3 7 --
Lee Westwood $7,700 -- -- -- -- -- 61 2 2 CUT
Jason Kokrak $7,500 -- 29 -- -- 32 9 8 9 --
Max Homa $7,400 21 18 -- 7 1 22 10 CUT --
Ryan Palmer $7,000 -- 2 42 -- -- 54 -- 17 --
Lanto Griffin $6,900 CUT 7 -- -- 26 22 21 35 --
Talor Gooch $6,600 21 48 CUT -- 23 -- 43 5 46

Last week’s winner, Matt Jones did not qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, so the most recent winner in the field is Justin Thomas ($11,200), who won two weeks ago at THE PLAYERS. Bryson DeChambeau ($10,900) and Collin Morikawa ($10,400) also picked up wins on the Florida Swing against strong fields and come into this event with good momentum. Playing against Bryson in Match Play could be especially daunting since he can outdrive everyone by so far and face much easier approach shots. He comes in playing exceptionally well, with over four strokes gained on his approaches and over two strokes gained putting in addition to his impressive work off the tee in his two most recent starts at The Arnold Palmer Invitational and THE PLAYERS. The penalties for his occasional wildness off the tee could also be limited due to the format.

Viktor Hovland ($9,400) will be joining Morikawa in making their WGC-Match Play debuts, and Hovland also comes in playing well after three top-5 finishes already on the PGA TOUR in 2021. Jordan Spieth ($9,300) has also been surging as he returns to his home state and posted four straight top 20s before a T48 at THE PLAYERS two weeks ago.

Most of the players in this field didn’t tee it up at The Honda Classic last week, but Sungjae Im ($8,800) had a solid title defense with a top-10 finish. Matt Fitzpatrick ($8,700) is another similarly-priced option with great form in that price range since he has posted four top-11 finishes in his four U.S. events since crossing the pond to prepare for The Masters.

Joaquin Niemann ($8,000) and Jason Kokrak ($7,500) fit the profile for length off the tee and should also set up for shorter approaches if they can get dialed in. If you’re looking for some even cheaper options with good form, Lanto Griffin ($6,900) and Talor Gooch ($6,600) are where I would start since both players are coming off a strong Florida Swing as well. All four of these options, though, are less proven in Match Play format, so they do come with a little more risk despite their recent results.

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