World No 1 Dustin Johnson in tough group at Match Play

Jason Day faces a 2016 rematch in the group stage of the World Gold Championships Match Play event

It is a showdown that three-time major victor Spieth is excited about, with Reed representing tough - and sometimes vocal - opposition.

The +637 favourite at Sports Interaction is Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who shot a spectacular final-round 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on Sunday.

Not really. Anything goes over 18 holes of match play, and that appeals to McIlroy. Kiradech Aphibarnrat may only be the 28 seed, but he has already won a European Tour event this year, taking the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in February.

Justin Thomas and last year's runners-up Jon Rahm are priced at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively, while new dad Sergio Garcia can be backed at 25/1. Bragging rights in the golf world may sway heavily in that time. It has been held at the par 71, 7,108-yard Austin Country Club in Texas since 2016.

Day heads up Group 8 in the 16-group round robin matches.

1 pt win Tyrell Hatton 49/1: just a hunch that last week's dramatic success will inspire this sometimes moody Brit??

"While we do not comment specifically on security measures, the safety and security of our players and fans is, and always will be, our top priority", it said in a statement (via the Golf Channel).

The bombings have led to what appears to be stepped-up security at this week's 64-man matchplay event.

Two-time US Women's Open champion Karrie Webb has been given a special exemption into this year's tournament, the US Golf Association confirmed on Monday.

Thereafter, he could face any of the world's top-10 barring Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka who are not present this week. Thirteen of the 64 players are not in the Masters, a group that includes Charles Howell III.

So let's talk strategy. You don't want to pick players that are all within the same group, since only one golfer makes it out of each group.

They'll meet in the group stage this time around.

It's about winning matches, not posting scores.

While Johnson has shown his ability to thrive in a match play environment, he doesn't get caught up in the differences between this week's format and a regular stroke-play event.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity".

"It was pretty tough to get through all the protocols. But I'm not probably to the point where I'd like to be, but I feel a lot better, a lot more energy than I did at the end of last week, that's for sure".

Plus, it can be a grueling event if you are contending as you could play six rounds by Sunday.

"And I've seen the guys who ride the wave of emotion, like a (Ian) Poulter". As opposed to the four and one guy. Do they have the ability to turn a one-over front nine into a three-under round? What about on Sundays? I mean it was just unbelievable. Or does he fall to 57th? I think they do so well in match play due to their short games. So it was something that I can build on, take all the good stuff from what happened last week to this week. "I love the volatility of it", Casey said.

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