Bubba Watson is back to defend his title
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is set for March 27-31 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best WGC-Dell Match Play 2019 lineup looks like:
If you read between the lines of this week’s picks (or heck, even if you just glance at them), you’ll notice a distinct Euro lean. It’s a simple equation: match play = Ryder Cup = Euro success. Our friends across the pond haven’t quite dominated the Match Play like you might expect — since 2009, Europe can boast three winners and six runner-ups at this event — but match play does seem to suit them, none more than Fleetwood, whose lights-out putting at the 2018 Ryder Cup was the stake through America’s heart.
The defending champion comes in hot off a T4 at the Valspar, and his stress-free takedown of all comers at Austin CC last year — he dusted Kevin Kisner 7&6 in the finals — was a wonder to behold. The track, the format and the current trend line all play in Bubba’s favor.
Another longtime Ryder Cup hero, Sergio emerged from pool play 3-0-0 at last year’s Match Play before losing in the quarters. Scuffled a bit at the Valspar (T54), but otherwise his current form is unassailable.
Gotta love how Lefty is finally embracing social media; just last week he treated the world to a five-part series via Instagram on how he got his massive calves. Lefty’s loving life and giving no effs, and that makes him especially dangerous, despite a couple of recent MCs. He was a quarterfinalist here in 2017.
He’s broken your heart enough times at Ryder Cups; now let him earn you some money. Poulter is second only to Tiger in career match wins at the Match Play with 27, and he’s playing great this year, with a recent streak of four straight top-6 finishes. Lost in the quarterfinals here last year.
His stirring charge at Sawgrass was no fluke; he has five top-20 finishes, including three top 10s, in his last seven starts. Leads the Tour in driving accuracy, second in scoring. His record at the Match Play includes a semifinal 1-up loss to eventual champion Rory McIlroy in 2015.