WGC Dell Match Play 2019: Essential stats for this week's five-day tournament

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Andy Swales supplies the stats for the prestigious WGC match play tournament in Austin, Texas, which begins on Wednesday.

"You have to go back to 2002 to find a surprise winner in the shape of Kevin Sutherland. Twelve of the last 16 winners of the WGC Match Play have won one or more majors during their careers, while the other four champions were Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter."

With just over two weeks to go before The Masters begins at Augusta National, the world's best pros take a break from 72 holes of strokeplay golf, to contest the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event in Texas.

For a fourth successive year, the tournament takes place at Austin Country Club where 64 players line up for this popular five-day competition.

Not Teeing-Up

The only two pros from the world's top 64 not competing are Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler - both of whom also sidestepped this championship 12 months ago.

This means a call-up for Japan's Satoshi Kodaira and big-hitting American Luke List who, at the start of last week, were ranked 65 and 66 in the world respectively.

Order Of Play

The competitors are divided into 16 groups of four and, over the first three days (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday), will play one 18-hole match against each of the other members of their group.

Matches during this section of the tournament can be halved and, on Friday evening, the 16 group winners go forward to contest a weekend of knock-out ties.

If two or more players finish tied top of any group, they will take part in a sudden-death shoot-out to decide who qualifies for the Last 16.

These Last 16 games take place on Saturday morning, followed by the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon.

Semi-finals and Final are staged on Sunday, meaning the eventual champion will play seven matches over five days.

The Candidates

The task of trying to select a winner in this format of professional golf can, at the best of times, be mind boggling.

It's difficult enough attempting to predict the direction of any single 18-hole match, let alone making some sort of judgement regarding the entire tournament.

Quite often it's more about day-to-day momentum, than either course history or current form.

Yet rarely does the eventual champion emerge from outside of the top 20 or so players.

You have to go back to 2002 to find a surprise winner in the shape of Kevin Sutherland.

Analysis Of Champions

Twelve of the last 16 winners of the WGC Match Play have won one or more majors during their careers, while the other four champions were Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.

Donald, a former world No 1, was ranked nine when he won in 2011, while Poulter is a renowned match play star anyway, as witnessed by some of his Ryder Cup performances.

As for the two Americans, both have played in the Ryder Cup, with Kuchar a former champion at Sawgrass, while Mahan won six times on the PGA Tour between 2007 and 2014.

So it's highly unlikely that even in the unpredictable nature of match play golf, we'll get a dud champion this week.

That said, it doesn't make selecting an overall winner any easier.

Of those teeing-up this week, only four players have managed back-to-back quarter-final appearances since the group stages were introduced in 2015.

These are Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy - both former match play champions - Louis Oosthuizen and out-of-form Swede Alex Noren.

DJ and Mac must start with big hopes, while Oosthuizen was second in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

And then there is world No.6 Bryson DeChambeau who makes his tournament debut on Wednesday, but still probably stands as good a chance as anyone else in the field of being crowned champion on Sunday.

Check out the betting ahead of the WGC Match Play Championship.

Course Overview

As for this week's course at Austin Country Club, it was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1984.

Low-lying, and with sizeable greens, the undulating layout meanders close to the south bank of the Colorado River.

Water should only come into play on six holes but, with plenty of spectacular photogenic danger lurking off almost every fairway, and close to many putting surfaces, accuracy is the key ingredient for success this week.

Course Form page:

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:

2016/18 - Austin; 2015 - Harding Park; 2011/14 - The Golf Club at Dove Mountain; 2009/10 - The Gallery GC at Dove Mountain

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Dustin Johnson 6 5 1 9 45 1 16 4
Justin Rose 8 63 MC 1 34
Brooks Koepka 56 MC 2 27 57 9 24
Rory McIlroy 1 6 2 4 5 4
Justin Thomas 35 30 9 2 3 16 3
Bryson DeChambeau 20 46 56 15 6 1 10 7
Francesco Molinari 56 1 17 27
Xander Schauffele MC 14 15 10 25 1
Jon Rahm 6 12 45 9 10 5 6 8
Tommy Fleetwood 5 3 19 28 45 16 42
Jason Day MC 8 Wd 4 5 13
Tiger Woods 30 10 15 20
Tony Finau 22 25 15 38 MC 13
Paul Casey 1 MC 3 25 2 2 MC 16
Patrick Reed MC 47 50 14 22 56 13 13 25
Bubba Watson 4 56 17 27 15 4 MC 31
Marc Leishman MC 23 62 4 43 3 4
Patrick Cantlay MC 6 15 MC 9
Webb Simpson MC 16 36 39 20 8
Phil Mickelson MC MC 39 37 1 MC 2
Matt Kuchar 26 50 28 22 4 1 19
Gary Woodland MC 30 36 17 7 9 MC* 2
Hideki Matsuyama 8 33 19 9 15 3 51
Cameron Smith 56 MC 6 49 15 9 22
Sergio Garcia 54 22 9 6 37 Dq 3 7
Louis Oosthuizen 2 56 MC 25 MC 4
Alexander Noren MC MC 62 44 MC
Jordan Spieth MC 54 51 45 35 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 30 MC 3 19 25 22 MC 11
Ian Poulter 56 23 3 6 3 6 33 18
Keegan Bradley MC 16 46 10 51 67 35 29 27
Matthew Fitzpatrick 41 2 27 MC 16 4
Matt Wallace 30 6 20 33 MC 2 16
Eddie Pepperell 3 57 67 MC 38 49
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 29 19 MC 15 38 MC
Hao Tong Li MC MC 19 2 12 MC
Henrik Stenson 24 MC 17 54 MC MC MC
Billy Horschel 26 50 16 45 39 8 25
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 23 MC 3 MC 33 MC MC 14
Branden Grace MC 72 33 MC 28 2 MC 27
Kyle Stanley MC MC MC 58 MC MC MC 22
Charles Howell 35 15 14 6 20 34 8 14
JB Holmes MC MC 1 MC 26 MC
Brandt Snedeker 30 5 50 MC 55 62 16 22
Shane Lowry MC MC 62 MC 12 1
Justin Harding 2 1 MC 26 4 11 7 51
Thorbjorn Olesen 41 MC 45 MC 7 MC
Kevin Kisner 24 22 23 27 28 26 57 69
Byeong Hun An 26 10 36 45 20 12 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 30 12 69 29 49
Andrew Putnam MC MC 38 MC 34 2 14
Emiliano Grillo 26 MC 58 33 52 22
Si Woo Kim 56 MC 3 4 MC 29 40 MC
Chez Reavie MC MC 65 MC 38 4 28 3
Jim Furyk 18 2 9 37 14
Keith Mitchell 47 6 1 MC MC 73 MC 16
Abraham Ancer 12 MC 39 44 MC MC 18 29
Kevin Na MC* MC 36 33 60
Tom Lewis MC 65 63 3 48 9
Russell Knox 24 35 51 39 14 10 43 18 43
Aaron Wise MC 40 19 MC MC MC 27
Lee Westwood 33 MC 7 16
Satoshi Kodaira 37 MC MC 51 MC 72 MC MC 32
Luke List 56 10 MC 15 MC 40 MC
Joost Luiten 12 10 6 MC 3
Adam Hadwin MC MC 33 75 18 44 2 57
Ryan Palmer MC 4 MC 60 13 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC 38 60 2 MC* 24 MC MC
Shugo Imahira 39 Wd 33
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Dustin Johnson Gp-4 Won QF Gp-2 L64 L64 L16 L64 L64 L64
Justin Rose Gp-2 Gp-2 L32 L32 L64 L32 L64
Brooks Koepka L16 QF Gp-2
Rory McIlroy Gp-3 Gp-2 SF Won L32 L64 RU L32 L32 QF
Justin Thomas SF Gp-3 Gp-4
Bryson DeChambeau
Francesco Molinari Gp-2 Gp-4 Gp-3 L64 L64 L32 L64 L64
Xander Schauffele Gp-2
Jon Rahm Gp-4 RU
Tommy Fleetwood Gp-2 Gp-4 QF
Jason Day Gp-3 Gp-4 Won Gp-4 Won SF L32 L16
Tiger Woods L64 L32 L64 L32
Tony Finau Gp-2
Paul Casey Gp-2 L16 Gp-4 QF L32 RU RU
Patrick Reed L16 Gp-3 L16 Gp-2 L32
Bubba Watson Won L16 Gp-2 Gp-2 L16 L16 L32 SF
Marc Leishman Gp-4 L16 Gp-4 L16 L64
Patrick Cantlay Gp-2
Webb Simpson Gp-2 Gp-4 Gp-2 L16 QF L64
Phil Mickelson Gp-2 QF Gp-2 L32 L16
Matt Kuchar L16 Gp-2 L16 Gp-3 L16 Won QF SF L32
Gary Woodland Gp-2 Gp-3 RU L64 L64
Hideki Matsuyama Gp-3 Gp-4 Gp-2 L16 L32
Cameron Smith QF
Sergio Garcia L16 Gp-2 Gp-2 Gp-3 L16 L32 L64 SF L64
Louis Oosthuizen L16 Gp-2 RU QF QF L32 L32 L64 L64
Alexander Noren SF QF L32 L64
Jordan Spieth Gp-2 Gp-2 L16 Gp-2 QF
Rafa Cabrera-Bello Gp-3 Gp-2 SF L32 L64
Ian Poulter QF Gp-3 L64 SF L64 L64 Won L16
Keegan Bradley Gp-3 Gp-4 L64 L64 L32
Matthew Fitzpatrick Gp-3 Gp-2 Gp-3
Matt Wallace
Eddie Pepperell
Tyrrell Hatton L16 Gp-2
Hao Tong Li Gp-4
Henrik Stenson Gp-3 L32 L64 L64 L64 L64
Billy Horschel Gp-4 Gp-2 L32
Kiradech Aphibarnrat QF Gp-2 L64
Branden Grace Gp-2 Gp-3 Gp-2 L16 L64 L64
Kyle Stanley QF L32
Charles Howell L16 L16 L32
JB Holmes Gp-4 Gp-2 L16 QF
Brandt Snedeker Gp-2 L16 Gp-4 L32 L16
Shane Lowry Gp-4 Gp-3 Gp-3 L16
Justin Harding
Thorbjorn Olesen Gp-3 L64 L32
Kevin Kisner RU Gp-2 Gp-3
Byeong Hun An Gp-4 L16
Lucas Bjerregaard
Andrew Putnam
Emiliano Grillo Gp-4 Gp-4
Si Woo Kim L16 Gp-2
Chez Reavie Gp-2
Jim Furyk Gp-3 SF QF L32 L64 L64 L32 L16
Keith Mitchell
Abraham Ancer
Kevin Na Gp-3 L16 Gp-2 Gp-3 L64 L64
Tom Lewis
Russell Knox Gp-3 Gp-3
Aaron Wise
Lee Westwood Gp-2 Gp-3 L16 L64 L64 SF L32 L32 L32
Satoshi Kodaira Gp-4
Luke List Gp-4
Joost Luiten Gp-3 Gp-2 L64
Adam Hadwin Gp-2
Ryan Palmer Gp-4 L32
Adrian Otaegui
Shugo Imahira
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