2016 WGC-Dell Match Play: Records for all 64 players

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 Match Play. As I do every year, I’ve created a table looking at the match play records for each player in the field, with each player name being clickable and taking you to the full details of each match. It is sorted by winning percentage, with the following tournaments are covered:

  • 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, 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 both Henrik Stenson and Jim Furyk qualified for the event, but will not be playing. Their full records can be accessed by clicking on their names as well.

What you’ll find by looking at the data is that, minus a few exceptions, most of the players who have gotten to a reasonable sample size end up winning matches about half the time. What is a reasonable sample size? To be honest, I don’t know that you can put a defined number on it, but obviously Matt Kuchar’s 63% win rate in thirty matches carries a little more weight than Hideki Matsuyama’s 63% in eight matches. Why does everyone usually end up around that 50% mark?

Obviously everyone in this field is a really good player, and while the difference between Jordan Spieth and Marcus Fraser is massive over a full year, there is pretty much no difference over eighteen holes. That was the biggest reason why there was a need to change the format from a “one and done” to the pool system in place now, and it’s also why no one should have been that surprised when Charles Howell and Shane Lowry took out Tiger and Rory a few years ago in the 1 vs. 16 matchups. This is one of my favourite tournaments of the year, and with some fresh faces in the field on a new course, it’s sure to be a fun watch once again.

As always, if you see anything wrong with the records, let me know and I’ll make the change.

Golfer WGC-Match Play Presidents Cup Ryder Cup Other Total Winning Percentage
Danny Willett 6 – 1 N/A N/A 1 – 0 7 – 1 88%
Rory McIlroy 18 – 6 N/A 2 – 0 – 1 4 – 3 24 – 9 – 1 71%
Marc Leishman 3 – 2 2 – 0 N/A N/A 5 – 2 71%
Jason Day 14 – 6 1 – 1 N/A N/A 15 – 7 68%
Brooks Koepka 2 – 1 N/A N/A N/A 2 – 1 66%
Matthew Fitzpatrick N/A N/A N/A 2 – 1 2 – 1 66%
Graeme McDowell 9 – 11 N/A 3 – 1 18 – 5 30 – 17 64%
Hideki Matsuyama 4 – 2 1 – 1 N/A N/A 5 – 3 63%
Matt Kuchar 18 – 6 0 – 3 1 – 2 N/A 19 – 11 63%
Rafa Cabrera Bello 1 – 2 N/A N/A 4 – 1 5 – 3 63%
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 0 – 1 N/A N/A 8 – 2 – 2 8 – 3 – 2 62%
Billy Horschel 3 – 2 N/A N/A N/A 3 – 2 60%
Chris Kirk 2 – 2 1 – 0 N/A N/A 3 – 2 60%
Paul Casey 20 – 10 N/A 1 – 1 – 1 9 – 9 – 1 30 – 20 – 2 58%
Rickie Fowler 10 – 5 0 – 1 0 – 1 – 1 N/A 10 – 7 – 1 55%
Patrick Reed 3 – 2 0 – 0 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 2 6 – 4 – 1 55%
J.B. Holmes 5 – 4 0 – 1 1 – 0 N/A 6 – 5 55%
Martin Kaymer 12 – 9 N/A 2 – 1 4 – 6 18 – 16 53%
Justin Rose 9 – 10 N/A 2 – 0 – 1 4 – 3 15 – 13 – 1 52%
Sergio Garcia 16 – 15 N/A 3 – 4 9 – 5 – 2 28 – 24 – 2 52%
Charl Schwartzel 9 – 7 2 – 1 N/A 2 – 3 – 1 13 – 11 – 1 52%
Lee Westwood 14 – 16 N/A 3 – 6 16 – 7 – 1 33 – 29 – 1 52%
Jordan Spieth 5 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 1 N/A 5 – 5 50%
Phil Mickelson 16 – 11 3 – 5 – 3 5 – 5 N/A 24 – 21 – 3 50%
Andy Sullivan 1 – 2 N/A N/A 1 – 0 2 – 2 50%
Thongchai Jaidee 4 – 5 0 – 0 – 1 N/A 9 – 5 – 2 13 – 10 – 3 50%
Victor Dubuisson 5 – 4 N/A 0 – 0 – 1 3 – 3 8 – 7 – 1 50%
Soren Kjeldsen 0 – 2 N/A N/A 4 – 2 4 – 4 50%
Scott Piercy 2 – 2 N/A N/A N/A 2 – 2 50%
Anirban Lahiri 1 – 2 0 – 1 N/A 2 – 0 3 – 3 50%
Charley Hoffman 2 – 2 N/A N/A N/A 2 – 2 50%
Jason Dufner 3 – 5 1 – 0 1 – 0 N/A 5 – 5 50%
Bubba Watson 10 – 6 0 – 1 – 1 0 – 3 N/A 10 – 10 – 1 48%
Dustin Johnson 4 – 7 1 – 1 2 – 0 N/A 7 – 8 47%
Branden Grace 2 – 4 1 – 1 N/A 4 – 2 -1 7 – 7 – 1 47%
Louis Oosthuizen 9 – 6 0 – 0 – 2 N/A 0 – 2 9 – 8 – 2 47%
Adam Scott 14 – 15 4 – 3 N/A 0 – 3 18 – 21 46%
Zach Johnson 9 – 11 2 – 2 2 – 1 – 1 N/A 13 – 14 – 1 46%
Chris Wood 0 – 2 N/A N/A 6 – 4 – 1 6 – 6 – 1 46%
Shane Lowry 3 – 3 N/A N/A 2 – 5 5 – 8 38%
Bill Haas 3 – 5 1 – 2 N/A N/A 4 – 7 36%
Brandt Snedeker 3 – 6 0 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 2 5 – 10 33%
Bernd Wiesberger 1 – 3 N/A N/A 1 – 1 2 – 4 33%
Matt Jones 1 – 2 N/A N/A N/A 1 – 2 33%
Marcus Fraser 1 – 1 N/A N/A 0 – 1 1 – 2 33%
Ryan Moore 4 – 7 N/A N/A 0 – 2 4 – 9 31%
Jimmy Walker 1 – 4 0 – 1 1 – 0 N/A 2 – 5 29%
Jamie Donaldson 2 – 3 N/A 1 – 0 1 – 5 – 2 4 – 8 – 2 29%
Thorbjorn Olesen 1 – 2 N/A N/A 1 – 5 2 – 7 22%
Kevin Na 1 – 4 N/A N/A N/A 1 – 4 20%
Byeong-hun An N/A N/A N/A 0 – 1 0 – 1 0%
Danny Lee N/A 0 – 1 N/A N/A 0 – 1 0%
Thomas Pieters N/A N/A N/A 0 – 1 0 – 1 0%
Kevin Kisner N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Justin Thomas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Russell Knox N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Emiliano Grillo N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
David Lingmerth N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Robert Streb N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Smylie Kaufman N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jaco Van Zyl N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fabian Gomez N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Daniel Berger N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Patton Kizzire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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