The WGC Matchplay is one of the best tournaments of the year on any tour, getting away from the grind of 72-hole strokeplay and bringing something very different. Matchplay, one man against the other regardless of score, is golf in its purest form.

This year’s WGC has a new format, with the 64 players split into 16 groups of four who play each other on a round robin basis in the first round before the 16 group winners go into a knockout. This should aid anyone having a bet as in theory a player can lose his first match and still progress: the element of luck and chance is diminished.

The winner of group 1 will play the winner of group 16, the winner of group 2 will play the winner of group 15, and so on. Then it’s 1 or 16 v 8 or 9, etc. Here’s how the groups look, ordered on that basis:

Group 1: Rory McIlroy, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner

Group 16: Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, Joost Luiten, Alexander Levy

Group 8: Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Jones

Group 9: Adam Scott, Chris Kirk, Paul Casey, Francesco Molinari


Group 2: Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood, Matt Every, Mikko Ilonen

Group 15: Patrick Reed, Ryan Moore, Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan

Group 7: Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Branden Grace, Charley Hoffman

Group 10: Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood


Group 3: Henrik Stenson, Bill Haas, Brendon Todd, John Senden

Group 14: Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Stephen Gallacher, Ben Martin

Group 6: Justin Rose, Ryan Palmer, Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman

Group 11: Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland


Group 4: Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley, Miguel Angel Jimenez

Group 13: Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry, Harris English

Group 5: Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer, Thongchai Jaidee, George Coetzee

Group 12: JB Holmes, Brooks Koepka, Russell Henley, Marc Warren

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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