The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play is set for March 24-28 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($11,200)
JT made the Final Four at the 2018 Match Play, and he went 4-1 at the 2018 Ryder Cup, so his match-play credentials are not in dispute. His stats this season are beyond reproach, too — third in SG: Approach the Green, fifth in SG: Tee-to-Green, fifth in SG: Total — and he was last seen winning THE PLAYERS. A missed cut at the Genesis is his only finish outside the top 15 this season. He leads the Tour in earnings this season, and a cool $1.82 million would strengthen his grip on that spot, too.
Jordan Spieth ($9,300)
One of Spieth's problems during his recent slump — the occasional round-destroying hole — is less of an issue in match play, where he can simply shake off a bad hole and move on to the next one. And those bad holes are becoming more infrequent; he's risen 40 spots in the World Ranking since late January with three top-5 finishes in his last five tournaments. He's on familiar turf this week, so that helps, too.
Will Zalatoris ($7,900)
We've been singing this guy's praises for a while now, and he has yet to disappoint. The Korn Ferry superstar has made the most of his opportunities on the big stage, with 12 made cuts in 13 PGA Tour starts and five top 10s. He's tasted match-play success before, winning the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2014. Then there's the ball striking — he's fourth on Tour in SG: Tee-to-Green and fourth in SG: Approach the Green.
Kevin Kisner ($7,600)
The defending champion — he won in 2019 before the event took a COVID-induced hiatus in 2020 — Kisner also reached the final match in 2018, making him the course horse of choice this week. His relative struggles this season also make him a bargain. He can still putt — he ranks 31st this season in SG: Putting — which is a highly useful skill in match play.
Kevin Na ($7,100)
Na played Cinderella here in 2019, scoring the biggest upset of the event by beating World No. 2 Justin Rose while ranked No. 57. He has since risen to No. 30 in the World Ranking on the strength of a win at the Sony. This pick comes with a caveat, though: The notoriously fragile Na suffered a complete meltdown at No. 17 at THE PLAYERS in the first round and promptly withdrew. Beware of a hangover.
Ian Poulter ($6,700)
At the end of the week, either Poulter or Sergio Garcia will hold the record for most matches played in this event, as both are poised to pass Tiger Woods' 48. And there's a lot to be said for experience at this event. Poults is a match-play maestro, a fact that American Ryder Cup fans have grown to loathe. Give him one magical week with the putter, and he's a threat.
(Top photo courtesy of @JustinThomas34)