2016 WGC-Dell Match Play: Field, seeds and brackets
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2016 WGC-Dell Match Play: Field, seeds and brackets

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The end of the 2016 Valspar Championship was the cutoff for the the WGC-Dell Match Play field. The top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking published Sunday night after the finish of the tournament at the Innisbrook Resort automatically qualify for the event to be played at Austin Country Club in Texas.

For the second year in a row, the 64-player field is broken up into 16 groups of four players, in which a round-robin format determines the group winner which moves on to a 16-man, single-elimination bracket until a winner is crowned.


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The top 16 players in the field were guaranteed to headline each group. Then, at a Monday night selection show on Golf Channel, players were picked through random draw to round out each group, with one player coming from the pool of those ranked 17th-32nd in the field, 33rd-48th and 49th-64th, respectively.

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2016 WGC-Dell Match Play qualifiers: The field of 64, groups and bracket

Overall field ranking in parentheses

Group 1 -- Jordan Spieth (1), Justin Thomas (31), Victor Dubuisson (39), Jamie Donaldson (51)

Group 2 -- Jason Day (2), Paul Casey (23), Thongchcai Jaidee (36), Graeme McDowell (62)

Group 3 -- Rory McIlroy (3), Kevin Na (26), Smylie Kaufman (46), Thorbjorn Olesen (64)

Group 4 -- Bubba Watson (4), J.B. Holmes (21), Emiliano Grillo (33), Patton Kizzire (63)

Group 5 -- Rickie Fowler (5), Byeong-Hun An (27), Scott Piercy (47), Jason Dufner (58)

Group 6 -- Adam Scott (6), Bill Haas (30), Chris Wood (41), Thomas Pieters (55)

Group 7 -- Justin Rose (7), Matt Kuchar (28), Anirban Lahiri (48), Fabian Gomez (57)

Group 8 -- Dustin Johnson (8), Jimmy Walker (22), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (37), Robert Streb (49)

Group 9 -- Patrick Reed (9), Phil Mickelson (17), Matthew Fitzpatrick (42), Daniel Berger (53)

Group 10 -- Danny Willett (10), Brooks Koepka (18), Billy Horschel (40), Jaco Van Zyl (50)

Group 11 -- Branden Grace (11), Russell Knox (32), David Lingmerth (38), Chris Kirk (54)

Group 12 -- Hideki Matsuyama (12), Kevin Kisner (20), Soren Kjeldsen (43), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (52)

Group 13 -- Sergio Garcia (13), Marc Leishman (25), Ryan Moore (45), Lee Westwood (59)

Group 14 -- Zach Johnson (14), Shane Lowry (24), Martin Kaymer (44), Marcus Fraser (60)

Group 15 -- Brandt Snedeker (15), Charl Schwartzel (19), Danny Lee (34), Charley Hoffman (56)

Group 16 -- Louis Oosthuizen (16), Andy Sullivan (29), Bernd Wiesberger (35), Matt Jones (61)

From here, the winners of each group will then fill out a bracket-style tournament that will take the field from 16 down to a champion. After Friday, the Saturday Round of 16 matches will be determined this way:

Match A -- Group 1 winner vs. Group 16 winner

Match B -- Group 8 winner vs. Group 9 winner

Match C -- Group 4 winner vs. Group 13 winner

Match D -- Group 5 winner vs. Group 12 winner

Match E -- Group 6 winner vs. Group 11 winner

Match F -- Group 3 winner vs. Group 14 winner

Match G -- Group 7 winner vs. Group 10 winner

Match H -- Group 2 winner vs. Group 15 winner

Then, in the Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon:

Match A winner vs. Match B winner

Match C winner vs. Match D winner

Match E winner vs. Match F winner

Match G winner vs. Match H winner

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