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Play Patrick in WGC Match Play Championship

Format Suits Game of American

There can be only one winner of the WGC Match Play Championship as the world’s best golfers go head-to-head in Austin, Texas.

Match play makes it great to find value in golf betting markets and we think a few players will make a deep run this week.

Play Patrick in WGC Match Play Championship
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Looking to cement his top ranking is Jon Rahm, but he has his work cut out for him with the likes of Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa.

Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Golf odds for WGC Match Play Championship. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

Can’t Lay Off Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay is a mightily tough match-play golfer and we won’t be leaving him out of selections.

His steely demeanor makes him a mentally tough golfer and that’s key when trying to win the WGC Match Play.

He might have missed the cut at The Players, but his form prior was excellent and it’s only a matter of time before the FedEx Cup champion gets back in the winner’s circle.

We’re surprised with his golf odds of +2200. We thought he would be much shorter with bookmakers, so we’re happy to lock him in.

His first round-match is against Keith Mitchell, so it should be an easy opening win for the American.

Pick: Patrick Cantlay +2200

Progression Continues for Hovland

Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland continues to go from strength to strength and he could lift the WGC Match Play trophy on Sunday.

The 24-year-old is breaking boundaries for Norwegian players and the Ryder Cup showed how good he is at match play.

He has been one of the most consistent golfers since turning pro and we think he’ll go close to winning the tournament at value odds.

The sportsbook has Hovland on the third line of betting at +1400. His first-round match comes against Will Zalatoris, who is a tough opponent, but Hovland has the class edge.

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy had kind words to say about Hovland.

“He reminds me of Jon Rahm when he came out,” McIlroy told Sports Illustrated. “He just consistently played well and shot great scores.”

Hovland is +335 to make the semifinals, so there is value in the exotic betting options as well.

Pick: Viktor Hovland +1400

Sticking with Schauffele

Xander Schauffele is a world-class golfer, but we would love to see him win more often.

The 28-year-old produced another top-20 finish at the Valspar Championship last week, which is an excellent result. However, it’s not a win and that’s what he desperately seeks.

His play at the Ryder Cup warrants attention and he’ll have no problem getting past first-round opponent Takumi Kanaya.

Now is the time for Schauffele to step up and win. He won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which doesn’t count for a PGA Tour win. However, he enjoys playing these types of tournaments.

Betting online markets have Schauffele at +2500, so he’s being respected and shouldn’t be left off betting tickets.

Pick: Xander Schauffele +2500

Bradley for the Bomb

Given his recent improved play, we’re surprised to see Keegan Bradley at such long odds.

The enigmatic and often unliked golfer is a good match player and his top-five finish at The Players was a tidy result.

The putter rule change flipped his career upside down, but he’s steadily working his way back and bettors get +9000 for the WGC Match Play.

It’s quite an incredible price, and although he faces Jordan Spieth in the first round, Spieth hasn’t been as dominant as he used to be.

He’s also +6600 to be top American, so he’s worth a nibble as the WGC Match Play can throw in a rough result.

Pick: Keegan Bradley +9000

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