Golfer Shubhankar ready for WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Nellie Chapman
March 21, 2018

They make up one of 16 four-player groups that will play round-robin matches from Wednesday through Friday at the Austin Country Club with the victor of each group advancing to a single elimination bracket at the weekend. This format has been intact since 2015 and replaces the 64-player, single-elimination bracket used from 1999-2014.

Siwoo Kim of South Korea, reigning THE PLAYERS champion, will face American veteran Pat Perez, Gary Woodland and Webb Simpson in Group 15. It's a round-robin format in the group stages - played from Wednesday to Friday - with the group winners progressing into the knockout stages over the weekend. The round of 16 and quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, and the tournament wraps up on Sunday.

Dustin Johnson won as the number one seed previous year in a dominating performance.

"I love match play". The American, who beat Jon Rahm in last year's final, can be backed at 8/1 to retain his trophy this time around. Tiger Woods did it three times (2003, 2004, 2008). A few big names like Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose are sitting this one out as is Brooks Koepka due to injury.

Rory McIlroy, who won last week at Bay Hill with a sparkling final-round 64, is in the field. Previous World Golf Championships event: Phil Mickelson won the Mexico Championship.

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Here are this year's groups, which were determined on Monday night.

The full tee times can be found on the PGATour website, by clicking here. SI.com's picks to advance are bolded. The course is set up for birdies galore, as the Tour does not have to worry about setting the course up for a respectable winning score.

This event has moved around more than any of the other World Golf Championships.

Plus, it can be a grueling event if you are contending as you could play six rounds by Sunday. This is the third year at Austin Country Club. After one year at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the event moved to its current home, Austin CC. Hadwin is working on three straight Top 12 finishes on the PGA Tour this year.

"While we do not comment specifically on security measures, the safety and security of our players and fans is, and always will be, our top priority", said a PGA Tour statement released to the Golf Channel. Reed transforms into Captain America when representing the red, white and blue, and while there's no team aspect this week, Reed has the fiery competitiveness needed to excel in head-to-head. It was his 14 career PGA Tour win but first since the 2016 Tour Championship.

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