The groups for the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play will be revealed beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. Until then, here is a look at five four-player groups we’d like to see this year at Austin (Texas) Country Club:
Dustin Johnson, Thomas Pieters, Brendan Steele, Ross Fisher: Those who dig the long ball will love this group. We could’ve switched Pieters out for Koepka, but the latter has struggled so we went with the Belgian. Fisher probably doesn’t want to see this group, though – he is still trying to crack the world’s top 50 and get into the Masters. (The cutoff to get inside the top 50 and earn an invite to Augusta National is after this week’s event in Austin.)
Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman: There would be a few good storylines in this one. First, we have a rematch from last year’s Match Play final (Day vs. Oosthuizen). Then there’s the Aussie vs. Aussie matchup (Day vs. Leishman). Finally, you have all three players from the 2015 British Open playoff, when Johnson beat Oosthuizen and Leishman. (Day was T-4 that year, too.)
Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson: We get a rematch of the 2015 final (McIlroy vs. Woodland), plus a trio of U.S. Open champions (McIlroy, Kaymer and Simpson).
Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Emiliano Grillo, Chris Wood: The first three players all played junior golf together as members of the high school graduating class of 2011. And we’ll throw in Wood, whose fun-loving personality makes him a great fit for any group.
Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Jim Furyk, Jason Dufner: Would be great to have ASU alums Mickelson and Rahm go at it in a group-stage match. Also, Furyk, a Ryder Cup captain, and Mickelson, a future Ryder Cup captain, would be a good matchup. Dufner would be the most popular pick to round out this group among the players left in the fourth pool.