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Hello, friends and degenerates! It’s March — and that means one thing: Brackets and madness! Okay — that’s two things. But you know what I mean.

The world’s best golfers are in Austin, Texas this week for the Dell Technologies Match-Play Championship. As we all know, that means anything and everything can happen. Just like the NCAA’s “March Madness” tournament, you can expect upsets galore followed by a No. 1 seed inevitably winning the damn thing.

With just two weeks remaining before the Masters, everyone in the field is playing for something — whether it’s an invitation to Augusta or looking for that final piece of the puzzle that could make them a major champion in less than 20 days.

Here’s a look at your can’t-miss, no-doubt, sure-fire, mortal-locks for the Dell Technologies Match-Play Championship:

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club – Austin, Texas
March 21 – 25, 2018

ODDS to Win:
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Justin Thomas 10/1
Jon Rahm 12/1
Jason Day 14/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Paul Casey 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Tyrrell Hatton 40/1
Alex Noren 30/1
Marc Leishman 40/1
Bubba Watson 50/1
Thomas Pieters 50/1
Branden Grace 50/1
Patrick Cantlay 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 50/1
Tony Finau 60/1
Daniel Berger 60/1
Xander Schauffele 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Brian Harman 60/1
Pat Perez 80/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Charley Hoffman 80/1
Adam Hadwin 80/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 80/1
Luke List 80/1
Webb Simpson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Brendan Steele 80/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 80/1
Shubhankar Sharma 100/1
Cameron Smith 100/1
Ian Poulter 100/1
Chez Reavie 100/1
Ross Fisher 100/1
Kevin Kisner 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Dylan Frittelli 100/1
Keegan Bradley 100/1
Charles Howell III 100/1
Patton Kizzire 100/1
Kyle Stanley 100/1
Charl Schwartzel 125/1
Jason Dufner 125/1
Kevin Na 125/1
Haotong Li 125/1
Alexander Levy 125/1
James Hahn 125/1
Si Woo Kim 150/1
Peter Uihlein 150/1
Bernd Wiesberger 150/1
Julian Suri 150/1
Jhonattan Vegas 150/1
Yusaku Miyazato 250/1
Satoshi Kodaira 250/1
Yuta Ikeda 250/1

Mortal Locks: 

Rory McIlroy — Last week was the first week in a while I didn’t predict big things from Rory McIlroy and he went ahead and won. Sometimes, luck sucks. This week, he’s going to be playing like a man possessed. He’s figured out his putting with the help of Brad Faxon. Combine that with his prodigious length and you’ve got the type of player no one wants to see in match-play. At 7/1, Rors is the odds-on favorite — but he did enough last week to have my complete attention in Austin.

Jason Day — Arguably the single best bet on the board is Jason Day at 14/1. Already a winner in 2018, the 2016 Dell Technologies Match Play champion — at Austin Country Club, by the way — looks to menace foes all the way to win No. 2 of the season. Day makes a ton of birdies, hits it forever and has the mental makeup for match play. At 14/1, Day is a mortal lock — and passing on him would be a mortal sin.

Bang for Your Buck:

Jordan Spieth — How many times are you ever going to see Jordan Spieth in the “bang for your buck” category, but this week it’s certainly warranted. When you consider how much success Spieth has had, the fact that he hasn’t won yet in 2018 (you know that’s going to change soon) and the 20/1 money he’s getting this week and he’s an absolute no-brainer bet. I shouldn’t need to remind anyone of the fact that Spieth is a generational talent who can win anytime, anywhere — so 20/1 should feel like stealing this week in Austin.

Zach Johnson — As the first week of April approaches, it’s no surprise Zach Johnson is hitting his stride. This week in Austin, Johnson is getting 60/1 money — a fantastic ROI for a guy who has been playing some great golf lately. How great? In his last 10 starts, Johnson is 10-10. Seven of those have gone for top-25’s. He’s also collected back-to-back T-9 finishes at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Fun Under $5: 

Jason Dufner — Any time you can combine great ball-striking with the cool, calm, collected demeanor that Jason Dufner has, you’ve got a favorite for match play-style golf tournaments. Dufner isn’t going to make anyone’s hot list for the week based on his recent performance, but his genetic make up does. At 125/1, you’ve got a true Cinderella Story in the works with Duf-daddy.

There you have it, friends and degenerates! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go shovel snow because I made the mistake of living in New England.

Until next time, go and choose wisely…


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