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WGC - Dell Match Play Championship 2017: All the essential stats for this week's match play bonanza

Rory McIlroy: Tied-fourth at Bay Hill on Sunday and was a semi-finalist in Texas 12 months ago
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The golfing elite is in Texas for the WGC - Dell Match Play Championship. Andy Swales supplies the stats for this week's prestigious event...


"Rory McIlroy is slowly coming to the boil following a six-week injury lay-off during January and February"

The cream of world golf has arrived in Texas for the 19th staging of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

For the second year in a row, the tournament is being held at Austin Country Club which is one of the oldest in the Lone Star state, and dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

However, the Pete Dye-design, which is being used for this week's World Golf Championship event, is a more recent creation built close to Colorado River.

Possibly with the Masters in mind, a number of the game's leading golfers have decided to give this tournament a miss.

Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are all staying away, along with Adam Hadwin who recently enjoyed his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Yet the field remains exceptionally strong and, as with any match play competition, is treacherously difficult to predict.

Reigning champion Jason Day seeks a third title in four years, while Rory McIlroy - winner in 2015 - is slowly coming to the boil following a six-week injury lay-off during January and February.

The Northern Irishman, who tied-fourth at Bay Hill on Sunday, was also a semi-finalist at Austin 12 months ago and will tee-off in confident mood.

Dustin Johnson, the current world No 1, does not possess the best of match play records but did reach the quarter-finals in Texas last year and is brimming with confidence following an excellent start to the season which has yielded a brace of victories plus two other podium finishes.

Trying to locate a winner is always difficult in match play. As everyone teeing-up this week is an accomplished player, and capable of shooting in the low 60s on any given day, the difference between the best and worst over 18 holes can be small indeed.

Perhaps the quiet efficiency of a Ryan Moore or Brandt Snedeker could prove effective during the group stages. Both survived to the knockout rounds at Austin last year, with Moore reaching the quarter-finals.

But, in all probability, you might as well throw a dart at the page and hope it lands on someone who will still be around on Sunday.


Key for stats pages:

RU - runner-up; SF - semi-finalist; QF - quarter-finalist; L16 (beaten in last 16). Same applies for L32 and L64.

Gp-2 (finished second in group). Same applies for Gp-3 & Gp-4.


Courses:

2016 - Austin; 2015 - Harding Park; 2011/14 - The Golf Club at Dove Mountain; 2007/10 - The Gallery at Dove Mountain

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Dustin Johnson 1 1 3 MC 2 6
Jason Day 23 64 5 MC 12
Rory McIlroy 4 7 2
Hideki Matsuyama 45 25 MC 1 33 27 2
Jordan Spieth 12 22 1 9 3 3
Justin Thomas MC 5 MC 39 MC 1 1
Sergio Garcia 12 14 49 1 11
Alexander Noren 49 55 MC 21 13
Patrick Reed 38 61 59 23 68 12 6
Danny Willett 69 MC 5 54 MC
Paul Casey 41 16 11 39 28 58 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 4 10 4 3 13
Bubba Watson 34 MC 38 Wd MC 25
Phil Mickelson 7 34 65 16 14 21
Branden Grace MC 32 Wd 22 13 13 32
Matt Kuchar 22 20 22 MC 9
Russell Knox MC 70 MC MC 11 17
Jimmy Walker 25 21 11 55 MC MC 9
Brooks Koepka MC 48 MC MC 42 MC
Brandt Snedeker 28 7 MC 4 9 MC 14
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 5 38 37 34 11 6 19
Jon Rahm 3 5 16 1 34
Charl Schwartzel 45 6 38 MC MC
Louis Oosthuizen 28 48 21 5 3 41
Thomas Pieters MC 5 MC 2 23 MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 13 16 68 5 MC
JB Holmes 12 34 23 24 33
Emiliano Grillo 7 52 43 63 33 MC
Francesco Molinari 7 20 14 MC 14 12
Gary Woodland 58 38 2 5 MC 20 6
Tommy Fleetwood 10 2 12 MC MC 1
Ryan Moore 34 18 28 MC 61 3
Daniel Berger MC 16 MC 7 MC 45 14
Bernd Wiesberger 45 3 32 37 4
Yuta Ikeda 61 MC MC
Kevin Chappell 49 55 MC 48 75 MC
Scott Piercy MC 32 MC 55 73 41 57
Zach Johnson 66 58 27 12 MC 6
Bill Haas 41 32 11 17 13
Martin Kaymer 23 23 4 23 48 4
Jeunghun Wang 23 71 MC MC 1 11
Kevin Kisner 2 11 48 10 25 4
Kevin Na MC MC 52 4 16 70 36
Byeong Hun An 49 49 48 55 6 49 13
Lee Westwood 28 17 26 23 8
Jim Furyk 41 58 39 66
William McGirt MC 28 MC 66 24 MC 49 9
Brendan Steele 48 14 39 16 20 6 6
Ross Fisher 3 MC MC 19
Chris Wood 28 19 11 MC
Andy Sullivan 20 MC 28 73 MC
Shane Lowry Wd 14 16 33
Hideto Tanihara 32 15 22 9 27
Jhonattan Vegas 38 4 15 28 34 30
Webb Simpson MC 41 39 MC 2 66 13
Thongchai Jaidee 12 15 MC MC
Marc Leishman 1 27 MC 24 20 20
Charles Howell 56 49 52 15 2 12 8
Soren Kjeldsen 27 32 37 MC MC MC MC
Jason Dufner 11 23 14 25 MC 21
Kyung-Tae Kim 76 34 3 39
Joost Luiten 25 23 21 29
Pat Perez 17 38 28 14 Wd 4 69 3
Si Woo Kim 49 Wd 72 MC MC MC MC Wd 30
Tony Finau 28 5 MC 23 MC 4 20 9
Player 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Dustin Johnson QF Gp-2 L64 L64 L16 L64 L64 L64
Jason Day Won Gp-4 Won SF L32 L16
Rory McIlroy SF Won L32 L64 RU L32 L32 QF
Hideki Matsuyama Gp-2 L16 L32
Jordan Spieth L16 Gp-2 QF
Justin Thomas Gp-4
Sergio Garcia Gp-2 Gp-3 L16 L32 L64 SF L64 L32 L32
Alexander Noren L32 L64
Patrick Reed L16 Gp-2 L32
Danny Willett Gp-2 SF
Paul Casey Gp-4 QF L32 RU RU L16 QF
Tyrrell Hatton
Bubba Watson Gp-2 Gp-2 L16 L16 L32 SF
Phil Mickelson Gp-2 L32 L16 L32 L32
Branden Grace Gp-2 L16 L64 L64
Matt Kuchar L16 Gp-3 L16 Won QF SF L32
Russell Knox Gp-3
Jimmy Walker Gp-3 Gp-4 L32
Brooks Koepka QF Gp-2
Brandt Snedeker L16 Gp-4 L32 L16 L64
Rafa Cabrera-Bello SF L32 L64
Jon Rahm
Charl Schwartzel Gp-2 L16 L32 L64 L32 L32 L16 L32
Louis Oosthuizen RU QF QF L32 L32 L64 L64
Thomas Pieters Gp-2
Matthew Fitzpatrick Gp-3
JB Holmes Gp-2 L16 QF L64
Emiliano Grillo Gp-4
Francesco Molinari Gp-3 L64 L64 L32 L64 L64
Gary Woodland RU L64 L64
Tommy Fleetwood QF
Ryan Moore QF Gp-4 L32 L64 QF L64
Daniel Berger Gp-4
Bernd Wiesberger Gp-3 Gp-3 L64
Yuta Ikeda L64 L64
Kevin Chappell
Scott Piercy Gp-2 L64 L16
Zach Johnson L16 Gp-2 L64 L64 L64 L64 L32 L32 L64 L64
Bill Haas L16 Gp-2 L32 L64 L64 L64
Martin Kaymer Gp-2 Gp-3 L64 L16 L16 RU L32 L32 L64
Jeunghun Wang
Kevin Kisner Gp-3
Kevin Na Gp-2 Gp-3 L64 L64
Byeong Hun An L16
Lee Westwood Gp-3 L16 L64 L64 SF L32 L32 L32 L32 L64
Jim Furyk SF QF L32 L64 L64 L32 L16 L64 L32
William McGirt
Brendan Steele
Ross Fisher L32 L64 SF
Chris Wood Gp-4 L64 L64
Andy Sullivan Gp-2 Gp-3
Shane Lowry Gp-3 Gp-3 L16
Hideto Tanihara
Jhonattan Vegas
Webb Simpson Gp-2 L16 QF L64
Thongchai Jaidee Gp-2 Gp-3 L64 L64 QF
Marc Leishman Gp-4 L16 L64
Charles Howell L32 L32 L16
Soren Kjeldsen Gp-4 L64 L64
Jason Dufner Gp-3 Gp-3 L16 L64 L64
Kyung-Tae Kim L64 L64
Joost Luiten Gp-2 L64
Pat Perez L32 L64
Si Woo Kim
Tony Finau
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