Scottie Scheffler. Kevin C Cox
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
This week’s WGC-Dell Match Play Championship is being held for the last time at Austin Country Club, and this would appear to be the last we’ll see of the matchplay format for an individual PGA Tour event for the foreseeable future. (It’s also quite likely the last event played under the World Golf Championships banner after a 24-year run.) At least we’re going out with a strong field featuring eight of the top 10 players in the world, led by recent Players victor Scottie Scheffler looking to defend yet another championship.
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A year ago, Scheffler won in Austin, defeating Kevin Kisner in the final, for what was his third title in a six-week span. The victory propelled him to World No. 1 for the first time and was a prelude to his Masters win two weeks later. Along with Scheffler, we’ll see Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Will Zalatoris, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa and Tony Finau in this March Madness-esque event.
The 64-player field will be split into 16 four-man groups for a three days of round-robin primed for chaos and upsets. The winners from each pool advance to the weekend, with the Sweet 16 and quarter-finals scheduled for Saturday and the semi-finals and final on Sunday en route to crowning a champ.
The winner will receive 550 FedEx Cup points and a $3.5 million share of the $20 million purse.
10.20am (6.20pm UAE) Matt Fitzpatrick v JJ Spaun
10.31am Sahith Theegala v Min Woo Lee
10.42am Xander Schauffele v Cam Davis
10.53am Tom Hoge v Aaron Wise
11.04am Tyrrell Hatton v Ben Griffin
11.15am Russell Henley v Lucas Herbert
11.26am Rory McIlroy v Scott Stallings
11.37am Keegan Bradley v Denny McCarthy
11.48am Tony Finau v Christiaan Bezuidenhout
11.59am Kurt Kitayama v Adrian Meronk
12.10pm Will Zalatoris v Andrew Putnam
12.21pm Ryan Fox v Harris English
12.32pm Cameron Young v Davis Thompson
12.43pm Sepp Straka v Corey Conners
12.54pm Jon Rahm v Rickie Fowler
1.05pm Billy Horschel v Keith Mitchell
1.16pm Jordan Spieth v Mackenzie Hughes
1.27pm Shane Lowry v Taylor Montgomery
1.38pm Max Homa v Justin Suh
1.49pm Hideki Matsuyama v Kevin Kisner
2pm Sam Burns v Adam Hadwin
2.11pm Seamus Power v Adam Scott
2.22pm Patrick Cantlay v Nick Taylor
2.33pm Brian Harman v K.H. Lee
2.44pm Collin Morikawa v Victor Perez
2.55pm Jason Day v Adam Svensson
3.06pm Viktor Hovland v Matt Kuchar
3.17pm Chris Kirk v Si Woo Kim
3.28pm Sungjae Im v Maverick McNealy
3.39pm Tommy Fleetwood v J.T. Poston
3.50pm Scottie Scheffler v Davis Riley
4.01pm Tom Kim v Alex Noren