2023 WGC-Dell Match Play Bracket Breakdown and Picks

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin Country Club,(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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WGC-Dell Match Play, Xander Schauffele, PGA, Austin Country Club, 2023 Dell Technologies Match Play
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Schauffele to take advantage of favorable draw at WGC-Dell Match Play?

Group 6

Xander Schauffele (6) – Tom Hoge (23) – Aaron Wise (40) – Cameron Davis (64)

Pick: Cameron Davis

Similar to Cantlay before him, Xander has a terrific Match Play record when playing for the United States, including last September at the Presidents Cup when he went 3-1-0. Unfortunately for Schauffele, he hasn’t found much success at Austin Country Club yet, exiting the competition at the group stage in each of the last four editions. It’s another early exit for Xander this year and it’s Australian Cam Davis who advances instead.

Group 7

Will Zalatoris (7) – Ryan Fox (29) – Harris English (37) – Andrew Putnam (56)

Pick: Will Zalatoris

After failing to advance from his group in 2021, Zalatoris rebounded at the WGC-Dell Match Play last year when he advanced from a strong group that included the number three seed, Viktor Hovland. Will beat Viktor in a sudden-death playoff before advancing and knocking out Kevin Na in the next round. He was finally defeated by finalist Kevin Kisner at the quarterfinal stage.

This is a favorable draw for Will; who knocks out tournament debutant Fox, and two players who aren’t in the best of form at the moment to advance.

Group 8

Viktor Hovland (8) – Chris Kirk (28) – Si Woo Kim (34) – Matt Kuchar (59)

Pick: Si Woo Kim

This is one of the tougher groups on paper with top-seeded Viktor Hovland up against a Pete Dye specialist and two players who have already won on Tour this season. Hovland has been playing well recently but is in a group with three players who could pull off a surprise result in group 8. Viktor gets left behind as Si Woo and Kuchar battle for the top spot in the group, and in the end, it’s Kim who advances after narrowly missing out last year.

Group 9

Collin Morikawa (9) – Jason Day (32) – Adam Svensson (44) – Victor Perez (51)

Pick: Jason Day

Morikawa’s often cold putter gets the better of him leaving the door open for Jason Day to win group 9. The Australian has had a resurgent year thus far with no finish worse than T19 in 2023. Day has struggled at the WGC-Dell Match Play in recent years, but his newfound form and a hot putter will lead the 2016 champion into the next round to bookend quality starts at the Match Play for Jason.