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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Group Picks

The Florida swing is finally over and the PGA Tour is now in Texas for the WGC Dell-Technologies Match Play.  It is imperative that you print a bracket or look at a bracket while you are creating your DFS teams.  Why?  You need to try and create a lineup that provides the opportunity for your selected players to last as long as possible in the tournament.  More on this on tonight’s PGA Livestream (it has also already been discussed in Discord but feel free to ask any questions there as well).  As for this Initial Picks article, I’m going to do things a bit differently by providing my favorite picks from each group, starting on the Dustin Johnson side of the bracket and then going to the Justin Thomas side of the bracket.  Tune into the Livestream to find out who me and Joel Schrek have in the Final Four for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Group Picks.

Dustin Johnson side of the bracket [Group Winners]

Dustin Johnson – When you look at the manner in which points can be racked up in this tournament, it’s hard not to like DJ, particularly due to his relatively easy group draw.

Sungjae Im – His group has potential everywhere but I like the consistency of Im and expect him to emerge over those in his group.

Webb Simpson – Paul Casey will be the most popular one in this group and that’s for good reason, but I do have a lean this week to good putters and will take the good putting and pedigree of Webb.  Gooch is an interesting darkhorse here.

Bryson DeChambeau – He’s playing too well and his group is relatively easy.  Could rack up points in a similar fashion as DJ in his group stage.

Tony Finau – he is the class of his group and I expect him to emerge, but if you are looking to save some DFS cash, the other options are appealing.

Viktor Hovland – It’s either Hovland or Ancer here.  I like both, but I’m going with Hovland who I think has such incredible consistency week to week. 

Max Homa – I’ll note that Collin Morikawa rates out very well here and I know that @sicilykid is all over him this week (and of course Patrick is as well), but my putter bias this week is going to fade the potential inconsistency of Mori’s putter.  Homa is a grinder and has been playing well. 

Justin Thomas side of the bracket [Group Winners]

Justin Thomas – He’s in the alleged “group of death” but I don’t think he has much to fear.  JT’s opponents in this group have quite the history but their current form doesn’t measure up.

Jordan Spieth – I think match play is the perfect type of tournament for Spieth and I think someone with his iron game and red hot putting could win this thing.

Patrick Cantlay – I think Cantlay wins his group by default. 

Patrick Reed – You can make an argument for anyone in this group and I think Niemann and CBez are very compelling options if you need the DFS discount.  With that said, I just love Reed’s mental makeup and putting skills in match play.

Xander Shauffelle – plenty of upside in this group but I’ll take the consistent option.

Cam Smith – Everyone knows that I’ve never been on team Rory and that remains this week.  Poulter’s match play record is outstanding but I prefer Cam’s overall game.  With that said, Lanto and Poulter are solid pivots if you need the savings.

Brendon Todd – Not a fan of EVR or English this week and that just leaves Daniel Berger who is less than a week removed from a WD and  days removed from an MRI.  And he’s going to play the 7 rounds it will take to win this tournament?  No thanks, give me the classically good ball striker who has a good putter.

Ryan Palmer – There will be plenty of upsets this week and one of my biggest will be Ryan Palmer to come out of the John Rahm group.  Yes it’s risky but he can get hot at any moment and when he does, he can play with the big boys. 

Thanks for checking out my WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Group Picks! See everyone tonight on the Livestream.  It’s very important this week to tune into the Livestream OR listen to the Podcast as this format is very unique.  Getting into Discord is important as usual too.  See you there!

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