Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.
Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
For a full breakdown of the tournament, check out my betting preview.
Odds courtesy of Bovada.
Dustin Johnson +900
Everything is coming up Dustin Johnson right now. Fresh off wins in his last two appearances at the Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico, Johnson is in fine form to make it a hat trick in Texas this weekend. The hottest player in golf and world No. 1 will be fully rested after sitting out the last few weeks to prepare for the Masters, which is a big leg up on the competition.
DJ has garnered a top-six finish in six of his last seven starts and finished fifth a year ago at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. His torrid pace would be unsustainable for most players, but Johnson has the talent to keep it up for a long stretch of time. Until it looks like he’s slowing down, keep riding the hot hand.
Louis Oosthuizen +4000
Oosthuizen is an absolute match play guru, and it’s quite clear he prefers this style of play. He beat heavyweights Jordan Spieth and Johnson en route to the finals last year before losing to Jason Day in the final, surprising many golf fans and bettors in the process.
But the South African has an excellent track record at the tournament, as Oosthuizen is a sizzling 13-3 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in the last three years. He hasn’t had the best start to 2017, though a third-place finish at the Phoenix Open is a promising sign. The red-hot Hideki Matsuyama is in his group, which is a bit scary considering Matsuyama’s track record of late, but match play is a different beast.
Thomas Pieters +4000
Pieters proved his match play prowess at the 2016 Ryder Cup when he was one of the lone bright spots for the runner-up European squad. One of the most successful European rookies in history, the Ryder Cup was a coming-out party of sorts for Pieters and he’s in a great spot ahead of this week’s unique event.
The Belgian has a great chance to advance out of the group stage with Bubba Watson, Scott Piercy and Jhonattan Vegas all struggling recently. He won’t be talked about as much as the higher-profile players in the field, but don’t be surprised if Pieters makes a deep run in Austin when all is said and done.