This week, sixty four of the best players in the world will tee it up at Austin Country Club in Texas for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Below, you’ll find a table looking at the match play records for each player in the field, with each name being clickable and taking you to the full details of each match. It is sorted by winning percentage, with the following tournaments being covered:
- WGC-Match Play (2016-2021): Records from the current host course, Austin Country Club.
- WGC-Match Play (1999-2015): This shows their record at all previous courses to host the event, dating back to 1999.
- Presidents Cup: Singles records only from the Presidents Cup.
- Ryder Cup: Singles records only from the Ryder Cup.
- Other: The Cisco/Volvo World Match Play on the European Tour, as well as the Paul Lawrie Match Play, ISPS Handa Match Play, Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy and Eurasia Cup. Again, singles records only. Note that this doesn’t include the 1994, 1995 or 1996 Cisco Match Play, which were all won by Ernie Els. There just isn’t enough reliable data available online to include the information, but if anyone has access to it, let me know and I’ll add them in.
Note that Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English and Phil Mickelson all qualified for the event, but will not be in the field. Their full records can be accessed by clicking on their names as well. The winning percentage has been rounded up as well, meaning someone at 66.6% has been bumped to 67%.
There are a few caveats to mention when going down this list. In addition to looking at the winning percentage, it’s obviously important to look at the total number of matches played, and the quality of competition as well. As an example, Max Homa has won 67% of his matches, but with only three matches played, the sample size is very small. Contrast that with Ian Poulter, who has won at a 66% clip in 71 all time matches, and you have a nicer, more meaningful number. Context matters, so click through to the individual player pages for more information.
The other thing is that this only includes professional match play. I would love to get deep into the weeds on how players did in the college and amateur ranks, but I haven’t done that yet, so just keep that in mind as well.
Growing up in the 90’s, I was like a lot of kids in one very specific way: I loved professional wrestling. I had all of the action figures, my parents had VHS tapes delivered to our door with regularity, and whenever it was on TV, it was a guarantee that my brother and I were on the couch watching. And that was even before it became way more mainstream in the mid to late 90’s.
I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth this has to do with the proposed Premier Golf League, and I don’t blame you. The key is that last line about how mainstream professional wrestling became in the second half of the 90’s, and while I’m not suggesting that golf will achieve the same level of mainstream attention, the blueprint is there for something golf has been lacking for a very long time: a breath of fresh air at the highest levels.
Charlie Woods is ten years old. In the short time that he has spent on this earth, he has been in the spotlight a fair amount, to the point where everyone in golf circles, and many outside of those circles, are very aware of who he is. It makes sense, of course. As the son of Tiger Woods, there’s going to be a level of visibility that other ten year olds won’t ever have, which is something I’m sure they, and their parents, are quite happy about.
2019 was a lot of things. It was fun, weird, and emotional, but more than anything, it was enthralling. I know I probably say this every year, but the game really delivered over the last twelve months, and the result is this list.
As always, hit me up on Twitter with your thoughts, and we’ll see you in 2020!