2022 World Golf Championship Betting Preview

The 2022 World Golf Championship is an engaging event like no other in golf. For this PGA Tour event, golfers are paired together in groups of four in match play. 


The groups have been recently released, and it makes some betting opportunities better than others. Below you can see which golfer has a shot at winning from their pod and has the best score. 


Tournament Information


Date: Mar 24–27, 2022
Course: Corales Golf Club
Watch on: GOLF
Purse: $3,700,000


Betting Overview 


This tournament is similar to a March Madness bracket, where the best 64 players in the world (minus a few that skipped the event) will compete in match play. Players will advance each day of play in their respective pods, with the best moving on to the weekend. 


Picking the favorite or best-ranked golfer has not proven well in the past. Last year’s finale featured a playoff from 32nd ranked Billy Horschel (winner), and 30th ranked Scottie Scheffler. 


Head to Head Matchup to Watch 

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Scottie Scheffler (-27.052) and Patrick Cantlay (-29.455) are two interesting picks to consider. Scheffler lost in the final last year but has quickly risen to the top this season and looks like a dominant threat compared to last season. 


Cantlay has a great opportunity to get back on track after some disappointing results recently. Between the two, Scheffler is the better option. 


Dunkel Index For This Event 


The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 golfers that could win this event. The following ten are:


1 Justin Thomas -22.004
2 Jon Rahm -26.262
3 Xander Schauffele -26.652
4 Scottie Scheffler -27.052
5 Tom Hoge -27.345
6 Dustin Johnson -27.570
7 Tyrrell Hatton -28.074
8 Viktor Hovland -28.221
9 Cameron Young -29.348
10 Patrick Cantlay -29.455
*index is subject to changes 


Golfers That Could Win 


Despite saying not to pick the favorites or rank numbers, Jon Rahm (-26.262) has the best chance to win in his group to advance in his pod. After that, he can settle the score during the weekend play. However, he is paired with Patrick Reed, Cameron Young, and Sebastian Munoz, that might be able to go toe-to-toe with him. 


Tyrrell Hatton (-28.074) is one of the most competitive players in the game. He is up against Daniel Berger, Si Woo Kim, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout. Berger might give him the most trouble, especially since the two have a similar competitive spirit, but he should advance to the weekend. 


Potential Winning Pick 


Justin Thomas is arguably the most talented golfer in his group (Kevin Kisner, Marc Leishman, Luke List) and has the biggest chip on his shoulder. You can tell he wants to win, especially with just a few strokes back in the Valspar Championship to nearly winning it. 


Thomas has several top 10 finishes this season and has amassed excellent strokes gained from tee to green in several events this year. With his recent momentum, he is a threat to anyone and offers one of the best opportunities to win.

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