Dell Match Play 2023 Preview
Austin’s jam packed March activities calendar moves onto the Dell Match Play that will be played for (unfortunately) the last time at Austin Country Club. Nine of the top 10 players in the World Golf Rankings will appear at the tournament with No. 10 Justin Thomas as the lone top-10 player not coming to Austin. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Will Zalatoris and Victor Hovland are all in the tournament, along with Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and another former Texas Longhorn in Jordan Spieth.
The field of 64 players is seeded using the Official World Golf Rankings and then organized into 16 groups of four players. For the first three days of the tournament, Wednesday-Friday, golfers play an 18-hole match per day against another player in their group. A win gets them a full point, a tie is half a point and no points are awarded for a loss. The golfer with the most points after everyone has played each other moves on to the Round of 16.
From there, it’s normal match play scoring with the Round of 16 Saturday morning, and the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The semifinals are Sunday morning with the championship and consolation matches concluding the tournament Sunday afternoon.
Here is this years bracket:
Former Texas Longhorns golfers Jordan Speith and Scottie Scheffler (defending champion and world number 1) are back in the field this year. These two always command larges crowds of burnt orange playing Texas and especially when they are in Austin.
Rory Mcilroy is always a favorite anywhere he goes.
Check out the tee times for the first few days to follow your favorite golfer.
Our pick: Scottie Scheffler (yes, very original).
When and Where
March 22nd – March 26th
Austin Country Club
Featured image courtesy of Golf Channel.