Top DFS Picks for the 2022 WGC Match Play

| March 21, 2022 4:20 pm PDT

Last week, Sam Burns became my first top pick to win this season. I wish I could say the same about DFS, but it wasn’t a good week. Adam Hadwin’s seventh-place finish was my only successful pick.

The PGA Tour will head to Texas for WGC Match Play. This tournament is unique from others because it features match play instead of stroke play. The players aren’t the only ones who will face a unique challenge this week.

Here is my best attempt at a DFS lineup for the 2022 WGC Match Play.

Scottie Scheffler ($11,000) 

Scottie Scheffler has been among the top golfers this season. He has two victories in his last four starts but is coming off a 55th-place finish at THE PLAYERS Championship. Following a week off, Scheffler is ready to return to elite play.

Last year marked Scheffler’s first start in the WGC Match Play. He defeated Xander Schauffele in a playoff to advance out of group play. From there, he went on an impressive run.

  • Round of 16: 5&4 (W)
  • Quarterfinal: 3&1 (W)
  • Semifinals: 2&1 (W)
  • Championship: 2&1 (L)

Scheffler defeated Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, and Matt Kuchar on his way to the Championship match. Billy Horschel held a two-hole lead through nine holes as he went on to win.

Between his strong play in 2022 and his success last year, I feel great with Scheffler leading my DFS lineup.

Louis Oosthuizen ($9,000) 

Louis Oosthuizen has yet to compete for a win this season. He has a pair of top 20 finishes, but we’re waiting for him to take the next step. Perhaps we’ll see that in a different format.

Oosthuizen has had much success in Match Play at Austin Country Club. Let’s check out his best finishes.

  • 2016: 2nd
  • 2018: Round of 16
  • 2019: Quarterfinals

In 2016, he went on an impressive run, defeating Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Ultimately, he suffered a disappointing defeat in the final to Jason Day. He hasn’t replicated that success but made it out of group play twice.

Oosthuizen could use a change of pace. Match play could be what he needs to have his first great finish of 2022.

Brian Harman ($7,600)

Brian Harman is a frequent player in my DFS lineup because he produces solid numbers as a low-priced option. Harman is coming off his second top-five of the season and should be in contention for another strong finish.

Harman only has two starts at Austin Country Club, but he has made the most of his opportunities.

  • 2018: Round of 16
  • 2021: Quarterfinals

In 2018, Harman’s victory over Rory McIlroy propelled him into the Round of 16. Harman lost his first matchup to Bubba Watson. He didn’t play in 2019 but returned with a strong performance last season.

He had his revenge on Watson, defeating him in the Round of 16. Harman suffered a 2&1 defeat in the Quarterfinals. Harman has been playing great lately and should keep it up for the WGC Match Play.

Marc Leishman ($7,500) 

Marc Leishman had a great start to the season, scoring six top 20 finishes in eight starts. Unfortunately, he is coming off a pair of rough performances. The WGC Match Play represents an opportunity to turn things around.

Leishman has played in every WGC Match Play since the tournament moved to Austin Country Club in 2016. He hasn’t produced the best results but has a pair of appearances in the Round of 16.

He knocked off Lee Westwood and Pat Perez in a playoff to advance to the Round of 16 in 2017. In 2019, he won all three of his matches in group play. That included a dominant 5&4 victory over Bryson DeChambeau.

We haven’t seen him advance past the Round of 16, but this could be his year. Hopefully, he’ll recapture his early-season magic.

Bubba Watson ($7,200)

Bubba Watson’s rough season continued with a missed cut at the Valspar Championship. Watson has four PGA Tour starts this season, with only one finish better than 65th. That’s a brutal stretch, but WGC Match Play gives him a great chance to turn things around.

Watson made the Round of 16 in 2017 but couldn’t make it further. Then, he did this in the 2018 WGC Match Play.

  • Round of 16: 2&1 (W)
  • Quarterfinals: 5&3 (W)
  • Semifinals: 3&2 (W)
  • Championship: 7&6 (W)

He defeated Brian Harman and Justin Thomas on his way to a final-round matchup against Kevin Kisner. Watson dominated the match, winning 7&6 to score his first victory in WGC Match Play.

Last year, Watson made the Round of 16. Does he have what it takes to score another victory?

Ian Poulter ($6,600) 

Ian Poulter has somewhat turned his season around. He missed the cut in three of his first four starts but has three straight finishes of 45th or better. It’s nothing special, but it’s an improvement. Will we see the same in WGC Match Play?

Poulter scored a victory in Match Play in 2010, but that came on a different course. He has a solid track record since Match Play moved to Austin Country Club.

  • 2018: Quarterfinals
  • 2021: Round of 16

In 2018, Poulter made the Quarterfinals before suffering a big loss to Kevin Kisner. Kisner is among my top picks to win the 2022 WGC Match Play. Coincidentally, Kisner defeated Poulter in group play in 2019.

Last year, Poulter lost in the Round of 16 to Scottie Scheffler. Another Round of 16 appearance would suffice for DFS lineups.

My DFS Lineup for WGC Match Play 

  • Scottie Scheffler ($11,000)
  • Louis Oosthuizen ($9,000)
  • Brian Harman ($7,600)
  • Marc Leishman ($7,500)
  • Bubba Watson ($7,200)
  • Ian Poulter ($6,600)

I’m curious to see how this DFS lineup works out because of the different format. Hopefully, Match Play will bring more success than stroke play.

Make sure you take note WGC Match Play begins on Wednesday as opposed to Thursday. Check out the top golf betting tips before you place your bets.

Nicholas Sterling

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