2016 WGC-Dell Match Play

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2016 WGC-Dell Match Play
Tournament information
Dates March 23–27, 2016
Location Austin, Texas, U.S.
Course(s) Austin Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Format Match play – 18 holes
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,073 yards (6,468 m)
Field 64 players
Prize fund $9,500,000
8,374,981
Winner's share $1,620,000
€1,428,155
Champion
Australia Jason Day
def. Louis Oosthuizen 5 & 4
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The 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play was the 18th WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, played March 23–27 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. It was the second of four World Golf Championships in 2016. The Championship was won by Jason Day, it was his second WGC-Match Play win in three years.[1][2]

Field[edit]

The field consisted of the top 64 players available from the Official World Golf Ranking on March 13.[3] However, the seedings are based on the World Ranking on March 20.[4]

Henrik Stenson (ranked 7 on March 13, personal reasons)[5] and Jim Furyk (ranked 15, wrist surgery)[5] did not compete, allowing entry for Patton Kizzire (ranked 65) and Thorbjørn Olesen (ranked 66).

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (26) South America (2) Europe (21) Oceania (6) Asia (5) Africa (4)
 United States (26)  Argentina (2)  England (7)  Australia (5)  India (1)  South Africa (4)
 Northern Ireland (2)  New Zealand (1)  Japan (1)
 Scotland (1)  South Korea (1)
 Wales (1)  Thailand (2)
 Ireland (1)
 Austria (1)
 Belgium (1)
 Denmark (2)
 France (1)
 Germany (1)
 Spain (2)
 Sweden (1)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won Record Advanced to Finish
Jason Day  Australia 2014 7–0–0 Championship 1
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 2015 4−2−1 Third-place match 4
Matt Kuchar  United States 2013 2−1−1 Round of 16 T9

Format[edit]

In 2014 and earlier editions, the championship was a single elimination match play event. A new format was introduced in 2015, and the championship now starts with 16 groups of four players playing round-robin matches, on Wednesday through Friday. The top 16 seeded players are allocated to the 16 groups, one in each group. The remaining 48 players are placed into three pools (seeds 17–32, seeds 33–48, seeds 49–64). One player is randomly selected from each pool to complete each group.[6]

In 2015, there were no halved matches in group play with extra holes played to determine the winner for each match if necessary. In 2016, all group play matches were limited to 18 holes with one point awarded for a win and one-half point for a halved match. Ties for first place in a group were broken by a sudden-death stroke play playoff, beginning on hole 1.[6]

The winners of each group advanced to a single-elimination bracket on the weekend, with the round of 16 and quarterfinals on Saturday, and the semifinals, finals, and consolation match on Sunday.[6]

Pool A – Top 16 seeds
Seed Rank Player
1 1 United States Jordan Spieth
2 2 Australia Jason Day
3 3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
4 4 United States Bubba Watson
5 5 United States Rickie Fowler
6 6 Australia Adam Scott
7 8 England Justin Rose
8 9 United States Dustin Johnson
9 10 United States Patrick Reed
10 11 England Danny Willett
11 12 South Africa Branden Grace
12 13 Japan Hideki Matsuyama
13 14 Spain Sergio García
14 15 United States Zach Johnson
15 17 United States Brandt Snedeker
16 18 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
Pool B
Seed Rank Player
17 19 United States Phil Mickelson
18 20 United States Brooks Koepka
19 21 South Africa Charl Schwartzel
20 22 United States Kevin Kisner
21 23 United States J. B. Holmes
22 24 United States Jimmy Walker
23 25 England Paul Casey
24 26 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
25 27 Australia Marc Leishman
26 28 United States Kevin Na
27 29 South Korea An Byeong-hun
28 30 United States Matt Kuchar
29 31 England Andy Sullivan
30 32 United States Bill Haas
31 33 United States Justin Thomas
32 34 Scotland Russell Knox
Pool C
Seed Rank Player
33 35 Argentina Emiliano Grillo
34 36 New Zealand Danny Lee
35 37 Austria Bernd Wiesberger
36 38 Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
37 39 Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat
38 40 Sweden David Lingmerth
39 41 France Victor Dubuisson
40 42 United States Billy Horschel
41 43 England Chris Wood
42 44 England Matthew Fitzpatrick
43 45 Denmark Søren Kjeldsen
44 46 Germany Martin Kaymer
45 47 United States Ryan Moore
46 48 United States Smylie Kaufman
47 49 United States Scott Piercy
48 50 India Anirban Lahiri
Pool D
Seed Rank Player
49 51 United States Robert Streb
50 52 South Africa Jaco van Zyl
51 53 Wales Jamie Donaldson
52 54 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello
53 55 United States Daniel Berger
54 56 United States Chris Kirk
55 57 Belgium Thomas Pieters
56 58 United States Charley Hoffman
57 59 Argentina Fabián Gómez
58 60 United States Jason Dufner
59 61 England Lee Westwood
60 62 Australia Marcus Fraser
61 63 Australia Matt Jones
62 64 Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell
63 65 United States Patton Kizzire
64 66 Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen

RankOfficial World Golf Ranking on March 20, 2016.[4]

Results[edit]

Pool play[edit]

Players were divided into 16 groups of four players and played round-robin matches Wednesday to Friday.

  • Round 1 – March 23
  • Round 2 – March 24
  • Round 3 – March 25

Notes: Round 1

Of the 32 matches played, 9 were "upsets" with the lower seeded player beating the higher seeded player and 6 matches were halved. These included top seeds #5 Rickie Fowler, #8 Dustin Johnson, #11 Branden Grace, and #12 Hideki Matsuyama losing matches and #4 Bubba Watson, #6 Adam Scott, and #10 Danny Willett halving matches.[7]

Notes: Round 2

Of the 32 matches played, 5 were upsets with the lower seeded player beating the higher seeded player and 7 matches were halved. These included top seeds #10 Danny Willett and #13 Sergio García losing matches and #5 Rickie Fowler, #7 Justin Rose, and #15 Brandt Snedeker halving matches. There were 13 players that had perfect 2–0–0 records, including the top three seeds: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy.[8]

Notes: Round 3

Of the 32 matches played, 10 were upsets with the lower seeded player beating the higher seeded player and 4 matches were halved. These included top seeds #4 Bubba Watson, #6 Adam Scott, and #7 Justin Rose losing matches and #3 Rory McIlroy and #5 Rickie Fowler halving matches. Four groups went to sudden-death playoffs, each involving two players, with three ending after one hole and the fourth ending on the second hole. Six golfers advanced with perfect 3–0–0 records: #1 Jordan Spieth, #2 Jason Day, #9 Patrick Reed, #14 Zach Johnson, #16 Louis Oosthuizen, and #30 Bill Haas. Two golfers conceded their matches early, Paul Casey conceded to Jason Day after six holes due to illness and Daniel Berger conceded Matthew Fitzpatrick at the start of the match due to a wrist injury suffered on the 18th hole on Thursday, when he clipped the rock wall and missed the ball while trying to hit his second shot. Eight of the top 16 seeds advanced while three of the bottom 16 seeds advanced including #63 Patton Kizzire. Eleven Americans advance to the round of 16.[9][10]

Group 1
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Spieth 3 & 2 Donaldson
Dubuisson 3 & 2 Thomas
2 Spieth 5 & 4 Dubuisson
Donaldson 2 up Thomas
3 Spieth 3 & 2 Thomas
Donaldson 1 up Dubuisson
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
1 United States Jordan Spieth 3 0 0 3 1
51 Wales Jamie Donaldson 2 1 0 2 2
39 France Victor Dubuisson 1 2 0 1 3
31 United States Justin Thomas 0 3 0 0 4
Group 2
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Day 3 & 2 McDowell
Jaidee 2 & 1 Casey
2 Day 5 & 3 Jaidee
Casey vs McDowell – halved
3 Day Conceded Casey
Jaidee vs McDowell – halved
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
2 Australia Jason Day 3 0 0 3 1
36 Thailand Thongchai Jaidee 1 1 1 1.5 2
62 Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 0 1 2 1 3
23 England Paul Casey 0 2 1 0.5 4
  • Casey conceded his match with Day after six holes
    (the match was all-square) due to illness.
Group 3
Round Winner Score Loser
1 McIlroy 1 up Olesen
Na 2 & 1 Kaufman
2 McIlroy 3 & 1 Kaufman
Na 3 & 2 Olesen
3 McIlroy vs Na – halved
Olesen 2 & 1 Kaufman
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 2 0 1 2.5 1
26 United States Kevin Na 2 0 1 2.5 2
64 Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen 1 2 0 1 3
46 United States Smylie Kaufman 0 3 0 0 4
  • McIlroy advanced in sudden-death playoff over Na – 2 holes
Group 4
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Watson vs Kizzire – halved
Grillo 3 & 2 Holmes
2 Watson 2 up Grillo
Holmes vs Kizzire – halved
3 Holmes 1 up Watson
Kizzire 2 up Grillo
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
63 United States Patton Kizzire 1 0 2 2 1
4 United States Bubba Watson 1 1 1 1.5 T2
21 United States J. B. Holmes 1 1 1 1.5
33 Argentina Emiliano Grillo 1 2 0 1 4
Group 5
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Dufner 2 & 1 Fowler
An vs Piercy – halved
2 Fowler vs Piercy – halved
An 2 up Dufner
3 Fowler vs An – halved
Piercy 1 up Dufner
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
27 South Korea An Byeong-hun 1 0 2 2 1
47 United States Scott Piercy 1 0 2 2 2
58 United States Jason Dufner 1 2 0 1 T3
5 United States Rickie Fowler 0 1 2 1
  • An advanced in sudden-death playoff over Piercy – 1 hole
Group 6
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Scott vs Pieters – halved
Haas 2 & 1 Wood
2 Scott 3 & 2 Wood
Haas 4 & 2 Pieters
3 Haas 1 up Scott
Pieters 3 & 2 Wood
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
30 United States Bill Haas 3 0 0 3 1
6 Australia Adam Scott 1 1 1 1.5 T2
55 Belgium Thomas Pieters 1 1 1 1.5
41 England Chris Wood 0 3 0 0 4
Group 7
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Rose 2 up Gómez
Kuchar 6 & 5 Lahiri
2 Rose vs Lahiri – halved
Kuchar vs Gomez – halved
3 Kuchar 3 & 2 Rose
Lahiri 4 & 2 Gómez
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
28 United States Matt Kuchar 2 0 1 2.5 1
7 England Justin Rose 1 1 1 1.5 T2
48 India Anirban Lahiri 1 1 1 1.5
57 Argentina Fabián Gómez 0 2 1 0.5 4
Group 8
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Streb 3 & 2 D Johnson
Aphibarnrat 2 & 1 Walker
2 D Johnson 5 & 4 Aphibarnrat
Walker 4 & 3 Streb
3 D Johnson 2 & 1 Walker
Aphibarnrat 1 up Streb
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
8 United States Dustin Johnson 2 1 0 2 1
37 Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 1 0 2 2
22 United States Jimmy Walker 1 2 0 1 T3
49 United States Robert Streb 1 2 0 1
  • D Johnson advanced in sudden-death playoff
    over Aphibarnrat – 1 hole
Group 9
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Reed 1 up Berger
Mickelson 5 & 4 Fitzpatrick
2 Reed 4 & 3 Fitzpatrick
Mickelson 1 up Berger
3 Reed 5 & 4 Mickelson
Fitzpatrick Conceded Berger
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
9 United States Patrick Reed 3 0 0 3 1
17 United States Phil Mickelson 2 1 0 2 2
42 England Matthew Fitzpatrick 1 2 0 1 3
53 United States Daniel Berger 0 3 0 0 4
  • Berger conceded his match to Fitzpatrick due to a wrist injury.
Group 10
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Willett vs Van Zyl – halved
Koepka 3 & 2 Horschel
2 Horschel 3 & 2 Willett
Koepka 5 & 4 Van Zyl
3 Willett 4 & 3 Koepka
Van Zyl 3 & 1 Horschel
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
18 United States Brooks Koepka 2 1 0 2 1
10 England Danny Willett 1 1 1 1.5 T2
50 South Africa Jaco van Zyl 1 1 1 1.5
40 United States Billy Horschel 1 2 0 1 4
Group 11
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Kirk 3 & 1 Grace
Knox vs Lingmerth – halved
2 Grace 4 & 3 Lingmerth
Knox 2 & 1 Kirk
3 Grace 5 & 4 Knox
Kirk 3 & 2 Lingmerth
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
54 United States Chris Kirk 2 1 0 2 1
11 South Africa Branden Grace 2 1 0 2 2
32 Scotland Russell Knox 1 1 1 1.5 3
38 Sweden David Lingmerth 0 2 1 0.5 4
  • Kirk advanced in sudden-death playoff over Grace – 1 hole
Group 12
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Cabrera-Bello 1 up Matsuyama
Kisner 2 & 1 Kjeldsen
2 Matsuyama 4 & 2 Kjeldsen
Cabrera-Bello 4 & 3 Kisner
3 Matsuyama 3 & 2 Kisner
Kjeldsen vs Cabrera-Bello – halved
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
52 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello 2 0 1 2.5 1
12 Japan Hideki Matsuyama 2 1 0 2 2
20 United States Kevin Kisner 1 2 0 1 3
43 Denmark Søren Kjeldsen 0 2 1 0.5 4
Group 13
Round Winner Score Loser
1 García 1 up Westwood
Leishman vs Moore – halved
2 Moore 1 up García
Westwood 1 up Leishman
3 García 5 & 4 Leishman
Moore 3 & 1 Westwood
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
45 United States Ryan Moore 2 0 1 2.5 1
13 Spain Sergio García 2 1 0 2 2
59 England Lee Westwood 1 2 0 1 3
25 Australia Marc Leishman 0 2 1 0.5 4
Group 14
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Z Johnson 4 & 3 Fraser
Kaymer 1 up Lowry
2 Z Johnson 8 & 6 Kaymer
Lowry vs Fraser – halved
3 Z Johnson 4 & 3 Lowry
Kaymer 4 & 3 Fraser
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
14 United States Zach Johnson 3 0 0 3 1
44 Germany Martin Kaymer 2 1 0 2 2
24 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry 0 2 1 0.5 T3
60 Australia Marcus Fraser 0 2 1 0.5
Group 15
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Snedeker 2 & 1 Hoffman
Schwartzel 1 up Lee
2 Snedeker vs Lee – halved
Schwartzel 3 & 2 Hoffman
3 Snedeker 5 & 3 Schwartzel
Hoffman 4 & 2 Lee
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
15 United States Brandt Snedeker 2 0 1 2.5 1
19 South Africa Charl Schwartzel 2 1 0 2 2
56 United States Charley Hoffman 1 2 0 1 3
34 New Zealand Danny Lee 0 2 1 0.5 4
Group 16
Round Winner Score Loser
1 Oosthuizen 2 & 1 Jones
Sullivan 3 & 2 Wiesberger
2 Oosthuizen 2 & 1 Wiesberger
Sullivan 3 & 1 Jones
3 Oosthuizen 4 & 2 Sullivan
Wiesberger vs Jones – halved
Seed Player W L H Points Finish
16 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen 3 0 0 3 1
29 England Andy Sullivan 2 1 0 2 2
35 Austria Bernd Wiesberger 0 2 1 0.5 T3
61 Australia Matt Jones 0 2 1 0.5

Final 16 bracket[edit]

Players by pool: A=8, B=4, C=1, D=3

  Round of 16
March 26 – morning
Quarterfinals
March 26 – afternoon
Semifinals
March 27 – morning
Final
March 27 – afternoon
                                     
1 United States Jordan Spieth  
16 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen 4&2  
  16 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen 2&1  
 
  8 United States Dustin Johnson  
8 United States Dustin Johnson 3&2
9 United States Patrick Reed  
  16 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen 4&3  
  52 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello  
27 South Korea An Byeong-hun  
52 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Conc   
  52 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello 2&1
 
  45 United States Ryan Moore  
63 United States Patton Kizzire
45 United States Ryan Moore 4&3  
  16 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
  2 Australia Jason Day 5&4
30 United States Bill Haas  
54 United States Chris Kirk 2&1  
  54 United States Chris Kirk
 
  3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 4&3  
3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 1up
14 United States Zach Johnson  
  3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
  2 Australia Jason Day 1up  
28 United States Matt Kuchar  
18 United States Brooks Koepka 1up  
  18 United States Brooks Koepka Third place
 
  2 Australia Jason Day 3&2  
2 Australia Jason Day 3&2
3 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
15 United States Brandt Snedeker     52 Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3&2

Notes: Round of 16

There were three upsets: #1 Jordan Spieth lost to #16 Louis Oosthuizen, 4 & 2; #52 Rafael Cabrera-Bello won when #27 An Byeong-hun conceded the match after 12 holes due to a neck injury (Cabrera-Bello was leading 4 up); #54 Chris Kirk defeated #30 Bill Haas, 2 & 1. Three of the top-8 seeds remained.[11] Spieth's loss means that Day regains the world number one position.

Quarterfinals

There were two upsets: #16 Oosthuizen defeated #8 Dustin Johnson, 2 & 1, and #52 Cabrera-Bello defeated #45 Ryan Moore, 2 & 1. None of the 11 Americans in the round of 16 made the semifinals.[11]

Breakdown by country[edit]

Country 64 R16 QF SF F Ch
 Australia 5 1 1 1 1 1
 South Africa 4 1 1 1 1
 Northern Ireland 2 1 1 1
 Spain 2 1 1 1
 United States 26 11 4
 South Korea 1 1
 England 7
 Argentina 2
 Denmark 2
 Thailand 2
 Austria 1
 Belgium 1
 France 1
 Germany 1
 India 1
 Ireland 1
 Japan 1
 New Zealand 1
 Scotland 1
 Sweden 1
 Wales 1

Prize money and FedEx Cup/OWGR points breakdown[edit]

Place Description US ($) Euro (€) Points OWGR
1 Champion 1,620,000 1,428,155 550 76
2 Runner-up 1,018,000 897,446 315 45.6
3 Third place 660,000 581,841 200 30.4
4 Fourth place 530,000 467,236 140 22.8
T5 Losing quarterfinalists x 4 290,000 255,657 101 14.82
T9 Losing round of 16 x 8 152,000 133,999 68.25 8.88
17 Those with 2.5 points in pool play 112,000 98,736 55 6.46
T18 Those with 2 points in pool play x 10 90,900 80,135 48.5 4.71
T28 Those with 1.5 points in pool play x 10 74,500 65,677 38.5 3.24
T38 Those with 1 point in pool play x 13 63,000 55,539 27 2.36
T51 Those with 0.5 points in pool play x 10 52,000 45,842 15.5 1.49
T61 Those with 0 points in pool play x 4 47,750 42,095 8.5 0
Total 9,500,000 8,374,981 3,620

Source:[12]
($1.134331 = 1 Euro)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Ewan (March 28, 2016). "Jason Day defeats Louis Oosthuizen to win WGC Match Play". The Guardian. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Corrigan, James (March 28, 2016). "Jason Day defeats Louis Oosthuizen to win WGC Match Play final". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Week 11 – 2016" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. March 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Week 12 – 2016" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. March 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Henrik Stenson skipping Dell Match Play due to scheduling". ESPN. Associated Press. March 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Format Overview and Glossary". PGA Tour. February 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jordan Spieth outlasts Jamie Donaldson to open Match Play". ESPN. March 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Jordan Spieth avoids match-play drama, nears round of 16". ESPN. Associated Press. March 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth advance at Match Play". ESPN. Associated Press. March 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Paul Casey, Daniel Berger withdraw from Dell Match Play". ESPN. March 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Louis Oosthuizen ousts Jordan Spieth at WGC-Match Play". ESPN. Associated Press. March 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "WGC-Dell Match Play: Past Results". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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