Another World Golf Championship is coming up soon for the PGA Tour. Only the best are invited, just like any WGC on the calendar, so the top 69 players will have a shot.
So far, 64 are confirmed in the field, with questions about Bryson DeChambeau’s injury playing a factor. Below you can see how the underdogs stack up in the field and who might advance in their bracket.
Date: Mar 24–27, 2022
Course: Corales Golf Club
Watch on: GOLF
Top Betting Underdogs at Play
With the field being a heavily stacked one, underdogs here are likely front runners in other tournaments. This all depends on the event, but it makes for some great golf.
Below are just outside the top 10 for potential underdog odds to win. DraftKings have provided the following:
Tyrrell Hatton +3000
Billy Horschel +3000
Paul Casey +3000
Brooks Koepka +3000
Russell Henley +3500
Matt Fitzpatrick +3500
Will Zalatoris +3500
Jordan Spieth +3500
Joaquin Niemann +3500
Tyrrell Hatton is in one of the more trash talking pods for this event. Himself included he is up against Daniel Berger, Si Woo Kim, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
Seeing Hatton against Berger is like prime time television. The two definitely pick on one another and eventually let their game do the talking. This season, Hatton has had plenty of top 10 finishes and even T13 at The Players Championship.
Billy Horschel is a defending champion of this event and tends to thrive on match play. He is currently the 16th best golfer in the world and has a few top 10 appearances this year.
Will Zalatoris will get an excellent opportunity to shine in his pod. However, he is paired with Viktor Hovland, who is the third-best golfer in the world.
Zalatoris is currently ranked the 29th best golfer and has an excellent ball striking. Hovland might have issues with chilling, but Zalatoris has had issues with putting.
Jordan Spieth will be playing in his college hometown and arguably one of the toughest pods in the tournament. He is paired with Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Keegan Bradley.
This is the only group to showcase four majors champions, and each of them could make this event quite difficult on one another. Spieth is currently 15th in the rankings and has looked decent lately.
Most Likely Underdog to Succeed
Russell Henley will be competing in his fourth WGC Match Play since the Tour moved it to a pod format back in 2015. He has solid history playing here, despite not winning in his pod but never losing by more than one.
To put this in perspective, he has either won in nine matches or had a chance to win on the 18th hole. The pod format can be a little tricky to understand, but he has done well.
He is coming off of two consecutive T13 finishes. In addition, he played excellent at The Players Championship and had gained 11.5 strokes on approach. He has an excellent shot for an underdog and has a somewhat weaker pod to compete in.