Power Rankings: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Rob Bolton, PGA Tour

POWER RANKINGS: WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY

RANK PLAYER COMMENT
16 Brian Harman Brian Harman
The short miss on the 72nd hole of Copperhead that turned a solo fifth into a T5 aside, he’s 2-for-2 in advancing to the Round of 16. Arguably in the best form of his opening foursome.
15 Talor Gooch Talor Gooch
Snuck in at the buzzer last year, he’s now a fixture inside the top 64 of the OWGR at 32nd. Second in the all-around and no longer slowed by what was his last weakness to overcome – inexperience.
14 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth
No shortage of experience in his opening foursome, but the Texan has the most recent success at Austin CC. Of course, this positions him to face old pal, JT, in the Round of 16.
13 Billy Horschel Billy Horschel
Returning from an illness, the defending champ opens in one of the three pools with as many as two first-timers. Poised to draw the man he defeated for the 2021 title, Scottie Scheffler.
12 Sungjae Im Sungjae Im
Slotted in one of the most diverse Group Stages, he’s the disruption that no one wants to face. Profiles as and possesses the receipts of a scorer in a format that rewards it. “Im”-defatigable!
11 Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele
As consistently strong as ever despite winless drought. He’s never advanced from the Group Stage, but he’s benefited by drawing a pair of first-timers and the slumping Tony Finau.
10 Viktor Hovland Viktor Hovland
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if he won the whole thing, so this is a compromise between him surviving the Group Stage and running into the buzzsaw that can be Russell Henley’s putter.
9 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm
World’s top-ranked talent is tops on TOUR in SG: Off-the-Tee and greens hit, but there will be more pressure on his average putting than usual. He’s 2-for-4 in escaping the Group Stage.
8 Russell Henley Russell Henley
In four prior starts, he’s failed to advance to the Round of 16, but the 32-year-old is in his prime, and he’s been performing like it for 19 months now. No. 1 in SG: Approach-the-Green.
7 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson
Wild card among the elite. He’s one of the five winners at Austin CC (2017). Went 5-0-0 at the Ryder Cup in 2021. Tied the course record at TPC Sawgrass with a closing 63 for a T9.
6 Collin Morikawa Collin Morikawa
Among champion Billy Horschel’s early victims in his debut here last year. As powerful and dynamic a performer that Morikawa is, this ranking might not be high enough.
5 Scottie Scheffler Scottie Scheffler
Dismissed all concerns for debutants with a runner-up finish in his foray last year. Can avenge the defeat in the Round of 16 this week. Two wins in last four starts upon arrival.
4 Paul Casey Paul Casey
He’s been a force in this event for 15 years and he’s continued to populate leaderboards of late. Rested since a solo third at THE PLAYERS, his fifth top 25 in six starts worldwide in 2022.
3 Shane Lowry Shane Lowry
If you’re in pursuit of the hungriest, he’s essentially in the zone right now with seven consecutive top 25s worldwide over the last four months; five are top 15s. Doing it all tee to cup.
2 Daniel Berger Daniel Berger
Hasn’t emerged from Group Stage in all four prior tries, but the TOUR’s leader in scrambling also is ninth in SG: Tee-to-Green and second in bogey avoidance. Rock-solid everywhere.
1 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas
His T3 at the Valspar Championship was his fifth top five in official competition in seven months. Leads the PGA TOUR in the all-around, bogey avoidance and par-4 scoring.

The Tour’s March Madness has arrived and it’s such an nice change from the usual 72 hole events. I watched Tiger’s comeback in 2008 the last four holes when he faced JB Holmes last night and got goosebumps, and who can’t forget his destruction of Stephen Ames after he said, “Tiger is as beatable as ever”.  Ames went on to lose 9 and 8 which is the most brutal defeat ever in this event. I miss u TW.

Greg Norman spear-headed this WGC collection of events back in 1993 but he wanted it to be a completely separate ture. He failed miserably in that particular venture but it morphed into the worldwide talent show-case we see now. Head-to-head matches that include the top-64 players in the world is a great idea. Watching them battle it out in this format is as unpredictable as March Madness’s 1st round this year. I’m personally rooting for Russell Henley to make a deep run into this event as he has been trending and is flushing his irons. DJ is a match play powerhouse so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him dominate like he did at the Ryder Cup last year. Xander hasn’t had the success you would expect in this event and I attribute it to the venue… if they were still playing this event in Arizona his bombs off the tee would be a lock for advancing through the opening foursome stage. Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland are balling per usual and due for a victory seeing their current form. Fun event to watch. Stay Ture.