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WGC Matchplay Course Preview: Are Correlating Courses a Pointer?

This week, 64 of the world’s best players tee it up at Austin Country Club for at least three matches. Tom Jacobs breaks down the WGC Matchplay course and highlights the players with the best records in this event, since moving to this course in 2016.
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WGC Matchplay Course Preview: Are Correlating Courses a Pointer?

The Course

Austin Country Club 

Length: 7,108 Yards

Par: 71

Greens: Bermuda Greens (Over-seeded with Poa)

Designer: Pete Dye

Best winning margin: 8 & 6: Zach Johnson over Martin Kaymer- 2016 Group Stages, Kevin Kisner over Ian Poulter 2018 Quarter-Final. 

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Correlating Courses & Events

The obvious answer to this is to take a look at a players’ record in Presidents and Ryder Cup’s, as that is the most regular sighting of match play once you’re at the professional level, outside of this event. 

It’s perhaps futile to compare this to any strokeplay event, but there is some crossover in where the winners here have played well, and it is worth focusing on those. 

Travelers Championship 

This is another short Pete Dye Course, where there has been some crossover. 

Bubba Watson is a three-time winner at the Travelers Championship and won here in 2018.

Dustin Johnson has won both events.

Charles Schwab Challenge (Colonial Country Club)

Kevin Kisner has won at both courses. He's a golfer to keep your eye on when wagering for Augusta.

Jon Rahm has finished runner-up at both courses. He is another golfer to watch out for when wagering for Augusta.

Matt Kuchar has finished runner-up at both courses.

Sergio Garcia has won at Colonial and has the fourth-best record at the Match Play, since moving to Austin CC in 2016.

Jordan Spieth has won at Colonial and holds a 9-5-3 record at Austin CC.

Kevin Na has won at Colonial and has 8 wins and 2 halves in 16 matches at Austin CC. 

Jon Rahm has 2nd and 5th place finishes at Colonial and holds a 10-5-3 record at Austin CC.

Ian Poulter has 3rd and 5th place finishes at Colonial and has a 9-3-0 record at Austin CC.

Zurich Classic (TPC Louisiana)

Billy Horschel won this event last year and won the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana when it was still a strokeplay event in 2013. He also won the Zurich Classic again five years later, with Scott Piercy, when it was a team event in 2018.

Bubba Watson won at TPC Louisiana in 2011 in the strokeplay event and won the WGC Match Play in 2018.

Kevin Kisner has dominated the WGC Match Play, winning it in 2019 and finishing runner-up in 2018. Kisner and Scott Brown lost in a playoff at the Zurich Classic in 2017, held the 54-hole lead in 2018, and finished T5 there in 2019.

Louis Oosthuizen finished runner-up in this event in 2016, and alongside Charl Schwartzel finished runner-up at the Zurich Classic last year. 

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Best records in this event since moving to Austin CC in 2016

Here at the best 10 performers at this event, since the WGC Matchplay moved to Austin Country Club in 2016. Format is W-D-L.

Kevin Kisner - 16-6-1, 2019 Winner, 2018 Runner-Up

Matt Kuchar - 13-4-4, 2019 Runner-Up

Louis Oosthuizen - 13-9-0, 2016 Runner-Up

Sergio Garcia: 12-7-1 

Dustin Johnson - 12-8-1, 2017 Winner

Alex Noren - 11-3-0 

Bubba Watson - 10-6-5, 2018 Winner

Jon Rahm - 10-5-3

Ian Poulter - 9-3-0

Jordan Spieth - 9-5-3

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Key Stats

Bermuda Putting - Strong Bermuda putting is a pre-requisite to success at this event, and being extra aggressive in match play is important. Players have the opportunity to be aggressive with their putts without fear of dropping shots likely they possibly could in Match Play. 

SG Approach - Strong wedge play, and aggressive iron play will be essential to set up the required number of birdie chances it will take to win a match. 

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Tom Jacobs is the host of the Lost Fore Words golf podcast and has been writing betting articles on golf for the past decade. Tom also co-hosts the DP World Tour Picks & Bets show on the Mayo Media Network, so has his finger on the pulse on all the major Tours. A long-suffering Nottingham Forest fan, Tom also enjoys watching Soccer at the weekend, and was delighted to see his Forest team win promotion this season!


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