Volvo World Match Play: How have the 16-man field fared in previous head-to-head duels?

Graeme McDowell has a 71% win record in matchplay format
Graeme McDowell has a 71% win record in matchplay format

Dave Tindall looks at the full pro matchplay records of the 16-man field in this year's Volvo World Match Play at the London Club (includes Volvo World Match Play, Ryder Cup, WGC-Accenture Match Play, Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy and Eurasia Cup)...

Graeme McDowell - P41 P29 L12 Win rate: 71%

"The numbers are even more impressive over the last two years with G-Mac winning 13 of his last 16 singles duels, including a come-from-behind victory over Jordan Spieth in the Ryder Cup."

Henrik Stenson - P38 W19 L15 L4 Win rate: 55%
The Swede once boasted a tremendous matchplay singles record, winning the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona and finishing third the following year. However, defeat to Patrick Reed in the recent Ryder Cup means he's now lost an eye-popping 14 of his last 17 head-to-heads - a run which stretches back to his singles defeat to Kenny Perry in the 2008 Ryder Cup.


Graeme McDowell - P41 P29 L12 Win rate: 71%
McDowell, who won this title in Bulgaria last year, is the only player in the field to hold a win record of over 70%. The numbers are even more impressive over the last two years with G-Mac winning 13 of his last 16 singles duels, including a come-from-behind victory over Jordan Spieth in the Ryder Cup.


Victor Dubuisson - P8 W5 L2 H1 Win rate: 68%
The dashing Frenchman enjoyed a glorious debut in the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain, beating G-Mac, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson on the way to the final. There he eventually succumbed to Jason Day but only after some miraculous recovery shots kept him alive. Halved his Ryder Cup singles with Zach Johnson.


Patrick Reed - P3 W2 L1 Win rate: 67%
Talented, fearless and bolshy, Reed thrived in the recent Ryder Cup, emerging as the Americans' top points scorer after beating Henrik Stenson in the singles. His only other experience in this format as a pro came in the WGC-Match Play where he lost in round two.


Paul Casey - P44 W25 L18 H1 Win rate: 58%
Casey has played more singles matches than anyone in the field and loves this format. His 44 head-to-heads have yielded 25 wins, with the highlights his 10&8 thrashing of Shaun Micheel in the final of this event at Wentworth in 2006 and a pair of back-to-back runners-up finishes in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (2009 and 2010).


Jamie Donaldson - P8 W1 L5 H2 Win rate: 25%
Donaldson famously secured the winning point at the Ryder Cup last month with a 4&3 thumping of Keegan Bradley although, surprisingly, that was his first ever win from eight career matchplay duels dating back to 2011. The Welshman was also 10th at the course in the 2008 European Open.


Joost Luiten - P3 W1 L2 Win rate: 33%
Touted as a future Ryder Cup star, the Dutchman has played just three singles matches in this format, beating Koumei Oda in this year's Eurasia Cup but losing to Ryan Moore (1 down in the 2014 WGC-Accenture) and Tommy Fleetwood (3&2 in the 2013 Seve Trophy). A 3-0 career record in fourballs offers more encouragement.


Shane Lowry - P6 W3 L3 Win rate: 50%
The Irishman memorably took the scalp of Rory McIlroy in round one of the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play at Dove Mountain - "My knees were knocking over that final putt - and then hammered Carl Pettersson 6&5 in the second round. His run ended with a 3&2 loss to Graeme McDowell in the last 16. Lost at the first extra hole to eventual semi-finalist Thomas Aiken in this event last year.


Alexander Levy - Never played match play as a pro
The lack of any singles form means it's guesswork with the talented Frenchman but the attacking play which gave him victory in last week's Portugal Masters - his second win of 2014 - suggests he could be a real dangerman in matchplay. His habit of throwing in bad rounds could go against him though in a format where poor days are punished.


Francesco Molinari - P20 W9 L9 H2 Win rate: 50%
Four first round defeats and one second round loss in five WGC-Accenture Match Play starts doesn't bode well for the Italian but he's balanced that out by making the quarter-finals in both his appearances in this event (2011 and 2013) and three wins out of three in Seve Trophy singles.


Thongchai Jaidee - P18 W11 L5 H2 Win rate: 67%
Only Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson have better win rates than the Thai in this format so Jaidee deserves plenty of respect. He went all the way to the final of this event last year before losing to McDowell but gained revenge over the Northern Irishman in the 2014 Eurasia Cup singles.


George Coetzee - P7 W3 L4 Win rate: 43%
Coetzee has a losing record overall but his last five singles matches in this format have produced three victories. They include wins over Patrick Reed and Steve Stricker in this year's WGC-Accenture Match Play before a loss to eventual winner Jason Day on the 17th green.


Stephen Gallacher - P8 W0 L8 Win rate: 0%
The Scotsman's defeat to Phil Mickelson in their Ryder Cup singles clash at Gleneagles continued a rather unfortunate trend. Gallacher has played eight times in matchplay singles and has lost the lot. He's had some pretty decent opposition mind - Poulter, McDowell, Els, Mickelson, Jaidee, Wood, Manassero and, er, Siddikur from Bangladesh.


Pablo Larrazabal - P4 W0 L4 Win rate: 0%
Without looking at his record, it would be natural to think of the attack-minded Spaniard as a fine matchplay exponent. However, the record shows four defeats out of four - his losses coming against Prayad Marksaeng, Scott Jamieson, Jordan Spieth and Hyung-sung Kim.


Jonas Blixt - W1 L1 Win rate: 50%
Blixt is capable of real highs as shown by two PGA Tour wins and a pair of top fours in the last five majors. A razor-sharp short game was the key to those performances and should help a fledgling matchplay record which shows a win over Keegan Bradley and a defeat to Bubba Watson in the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play.


Mikko Ilonen - W0 L3 Win rate: 0%
Like Gallacher and Larrazabal, Ilonen also knows nothing but defeat in matchplay singles. The Finn's losses, all by a 2&1 margin, came against Bubba Watson in this year's WGC-Accenture Match Play and against Simon Dyson (2007) and Paul Lawrie (2013) in the Seve Trophy.


To win the Volvo World MatchPlay

Pre-tournament odds;

Henrik Stenson - 7.0
Graeme McDowell - 7.6
Victor Dubuisson - 9.2
Patrick Reed - 12.0
Paul Casey - 12.0
Jamie Donaldson - 13.0
Shane Lowry - 13.5
Joost Luiten - 17.0
Thongchai Jaidee - 23.0
Alexander Levy - 23.0
George Coetzee - 26.0
Francesco Molinari - 27.0
Stephen Gallacher - 28.0
Pablo Larrazabal - 36.0
Mikko Ilonen - 42.0
Jonas Blixt - 44.0

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