2023 Dell Match Play Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds, Brackets

WGC-Dell Match Play
Patrick Cantlay walks onto the 17th green in his match against Brandt Snedeker during the first round of the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC on Mar 27, 2019 in Austin, TX. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Following its four-stop Florida Swing, the PGA Tour now heads to Texas for the final edition of the Dell Technologies Match Play, the only head-to-head competition on the schedule.

Featuring 64 of the tour’s best golfers, the Match Play is composed of five jam-packed days of elite-level match play golf.

Contested at Austin Country Club in the Lone Star State’s capital city, the tournament offers dramatic showdowns, and exciting storylines.

Scottie Scheffler will attempt to defend his 2022 title against a field which features all of the PGA Tour’s top-ranked players, including Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay, and Rory McIlroy, among others.

Dell Match Play

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The Skinny

Dell Technologies Match Play
Dates: Mar 22-26, 2023
Where:Austin, TX
Course: Austin CC
Distance: Par 71, 7108 yards
Architect: Pete Dye
Format: Match Play
Purse: $20,00,000
Winning Share: $3,600,000
FedExCup/OWGR Pts: 600/74
Defending Champion: Scottie Scheffler

How to Follow

Scottie Scheffler WGC-Dell Match Play Championship
Scottie Scheffler shakes hands with his caddie on the 18th green after winning his semifinal match at the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC on Mar 28, 2021 in Austin, TX. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

TELEVISION: Wed-Fri: 2-8 p.m. (GOLF); Sat: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (GOLF), 12-6 p.m. (NBC); Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (GOLF), 3-7 p.m. (NBC)

PGA TOUR LIVE: Wed-Fri: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (ESPN+)

PGA TOUR RADIO: Wed-Fri: 2-8 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
(PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio)

LINKS: Official Website | Facebook | Instagram

Event History

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods talks with caddie Joe LaCava during round two of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Ritz-Carlton GC on Feb 23, 2012 in Marana, AZ. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

While match play tournaments have a lengthy history on the PGA Tour – even outside of the Ryder and Presidents Cups, the WGC-Dell Match Play is currently the only regular match play event on Tour.

Debuting in 1999, the same year the World Golf Championships series started, the inaugural event was won by Jeff Maggert, a six-seed in his pool, who impressively knocked off the gauntlet of Fred Funk, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Tiger Woods, and Steve Pate – before outdueling Andrew Magee in a marathon finale that required 38 holes (the 36-hole final plus two sudden-death holes) to complete.

In its 19 previous editions, the tournament has produced one three-time champion (Tiger Woods), and a pair of two-time winners (Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Day). Tiger had perhaps the most impressive victory in tournament history, when he obliterated Stewart Cink 8&7 in the 2008 Finals.

From 1999-2014, the tournament was a strict straightforward single-elimination bracket, with four regions composed of players seeded 1-16. In 2015, the event was reformatted, and now contains 16 pools of round-robin, before the 16 pool winners are reseeded by world rankings and go head-to-head in a single-elimination bracket.

In March 2023, it was announced by the PGA Tour that the event would end following the 2023 edition.

History: Recent Champs

2021: Scottie Scheffler 4-3 (Kevin Kisner)
2021: Billy Horschel 2-1 (Scottie Scheffler)
2020: Canceled COVID-19
2019: Kevin Kisner 3-2 (Matt Kuchar)
2018: Bubba Watson 7-6 (Kevin Kisner)
2017: Dustin Johnson 1 up (Jon Rahm)
2016: Jason Day 5-4 (Louis Oosthuizen)
2015: Rory McIlroy 4-2 (Gary Woodland)
2014: Jason Day 1 up (Victor Dubuisson)
2013: Matt Kuchar 2-1 (Hunter Mahan)
2012: Hunter Mahan 2-1 (Rory McIlroy)
2011: Luke Donald 3-2 (Martin Kaymer)

History: Records
  • Wins: 3 (Tiger Woods – 2003-04, 2008)
  • Consecutive Matches Won: 13 (Woods – 2003-2005)
  • Largest Winning Margin (Final): 8 & 7 (Woods over Stewart Cink – 2008)
  • Largest Winning Margin (Other): 9 & 8 (Woods over Stephen Ames – 2006)

WGC-Match Play: The 16 Groups

Scottie Scheffler Wins 2022 WGC Dell Match Play
Scottie Scheffler on the 12th tee box during the finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC on Mar 27, 2022 in Austin, TX. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
Group 1

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Scottie Scheffler (1)
B. Tom Kim (17)
C. Alex Noren (38)
D. Davis Riley (54)

Group 2

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Jon Rahm (2)
B. Billy Horschel (22)
C. Keith Mitchell (39)
D. Rickie Fowler (49)

Group 3

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Rory McIlroy (3)
B. Keegan Bradley (20)
C. Denny McCarthy (48)
D. Scott Stallings (52)

Group 4

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Patrick Cantlay (4)
B. Brian Harman (25)
C. K.H. Lee (35)
D. Nick Taylor (55)

Group 5

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Max Homa (5)
B. Hideki Matsuyama (18)
C. Kevin Kisner (42)
D. Justin Suh (63)

Group 6

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Xander Schauffele (6)
B. Tom Hoge (23)
C. Aaron Wise (40)
D. Cam Davis (64)

Group 7

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Will Zalatoris (7)
B. Ryan Fox (29)
C. Harris English (37)
D. Andrew Putnam (56)

Group 8

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Viktor Hovland (8)
B. Chris Kirk (28)
C. Si Woo Kim (34)
D. Matt Kuchar (59)

Group 9

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Collin Morikawa (9)
B. Jason Day (32)
C. Adam Svensson (44)
D. Victor Perez (51)

Group 10

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Tony Finau (10)
B. Kurt Kitayama (19)
C. Adrian Meronk (45)
D. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (60)

Group 11

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Matt Fitzpatrick (11)
B. Sahith Theegala (26)
C. Min Woo Lee (41)
D. JJ Spaun (61)

Group 12

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Jordan Spieth (12)
B. Shane Lowry (21)
C. Taylor Montgomery (47)
D. Mackenzie Hughes (50)

Group 13

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Sam Burns (13)
B. Seamus Power (30)
C. Adam Scott (33)
D. Adam Hadwin (53)

Group 14

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Tyrrell Hatton (14)
B. Russell Henley (31)
C. Lucas Herbert (46)
D. Ben Griffin (62)

Group 15

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Cameron Young (15)
B. Sepp Straka (27)
C. Corey Conners (36)
D. Davis Thompson (57)

Group 16

Pool-Player (Field Rank)
A. Sungjae Im (16)
B. Tommy Fleetwood (24)
C. JT Poston (43)
D. Maverick McNealy (58)

Odds To Win

1. Scottie Scheffler +800
2. Jon Rahm +1200
3. Rory McIlroy +1200
4. Patrick Cantlay +1600
4. Xander Schauffele +1600
6. Collin Morikawa +2200
6. Jordan Spieth +2200
6. Max Homa +2200
6. Tony Finau +2200
10. Viktor Hovland +2500

Carey Hoffman contributed to this report.


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