Groups Announced for Final WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Tournament at Austin Country Club

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Texas Longhorns golfer Scottie Scheffler returned to defend his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play championship as the No. 1 seed in the tournament that begins Wednesday at the Austin Country Club.

Scheffler leads a star-studded roster of pro golfers in the event’s final year on the PGA Tour schedule. In two appearances at the tournament, Scheffler advanced to the championship game both times, beating Kevin Kisner last year to win the title and finishing second to Billy Horschel in 2021. He is currently number 1 in the world golf rankings and coming off a win at The Players Championship.

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Nine of the top 10 players in golf’s world rankings will appear at the tournament with No. 10 Justin Thomas being the only top 10 player not to come to Austin. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Will Zalatoris and Victor Hovland are all in the tournament, along with Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and another former Texas Longhorn in Jordan Spieth.

Jordan Uppleger, executive director of the tournament, announced March 6 that this would be the tournament’s last year on the PGA schedule. This is the final year of the contract between the tournament and the PGA, and as the PGA changes its schedule for 2024 following the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf, the tournament did not fit into the PGA’s future plans.

PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan didn’t rule out the return of some sort of match play event in the future during a press conference at The Players Championship, but didn’t provide a timetable for when it might be part of the tour schedule.

However, the PGA Tour has increased the size of the tournament purse to $20 million, up from $12 million last year.

The format

The 64-player field is ranked using the Official World Golf Rankings and then organized into 16 groups of four players. For the first three days of the tournament, from Wednesday to Friday, golfers play one 18-hole round each day against another player in their group. A win gets them a full point, a draw is half a point and no points are awarded for a loss. The golfer with the most points after everyone has played moves on to the round of 16.

From there, it’s normal to score match play with the round of 16 on Saturday morning and the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The semi-finals are on Sunday morning with the league and consolation games concluding the tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The groups

The top 16 seeds are the top seeds in each group with Scheffler at the top. Here are the groups to play pool from Wednesday to Friday:

  • Group 1 (seed)
    • Scottie Scheffler (1)
    • TomKim (17)
    • Alex Noren (38)
    • David Riley (54)
  • Group 2
    • Jon Rahm (2)
    • Billy Horschel (22)
    • Keith Mitchell (39)
    • Ricky Fowler (49)
  • Group 3
    • Rory McIlroy (3)
    • Keegan Bradley (20)
    • Denny McCarthy (48)
    • Scott Stallings (52)
  • Group 4
    • Patrick Cantley (4)
    • Brian Harmann (25)
    • Lee Lee (35)
    • Nicole Taylor (55)
  • Group 5
    • Max Homa (5)
    • Hideki Matsuyama (18)
    • Kevin Kisner (42)
    • Justin Suh (63)
  • Group 6
    • Xander Schauffele (6)
    • Tom Hoge (23)
    • Aaron Sage (40)
    • Cam Davis (64)
  • Group 7
    • Will Zalatori (7)
    • Ryan Fox (29)
    • Harris English (37)
    • Andrew Putnam (56)
  • Group 8
    • Victor Hovland (8)
    • Chris Kirk (28)
    • Si Woo Kim (34)
    • Matthew Kucher (59)
  • Group 9
    • Collin Morikawa (9)
    • Jason Day (32)
    • Adam Svensson (44)
    • Victor Perez (51)
  • Group 10
    • Tony Finau (10)
    • Kurt Kitayama (19)
    • Adrian Meronk (45)
    • Christiaan Bezuidenhout (60)
  • Group 11
    • Matt Fitzpatrick (11)
    • Sahith Theegala (26)
    • Min Woo Lee (41)
    • JJ Spain (61)
  • Group 12
    • Jordan Spieth (12)
    • Shane Lowry (21)
    • Taylor Montgomery (47)
    • Mackenzie Hughes (50)
  • Group 13
    • Sam Burns (13)
    • Seamus Power (30)
    • Adam Scott (33)
    • Adam Hadwin (53)
  • Group 14
    • Tyrrell Hatton (14)
    • Russell Henley (31)
    • Luke Herbert (46)
    • Ben Griffin (62)
  • Group 15
    • Cameron Young (15)
    • Sepp Straka (27)
    • Corey Conners (36)
    • DavisThompson (57)
  • Group 16
    • Sungjae Im (16)
    • Tommy Fleetwood (24)
    • JT Poston (43)
    • Maverick McNealy (58)

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