Each week, including this week's 2023 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, Golf News Net offers PGA Tour betting picks and daily fantasy sports (DFS) lineups using our proprietary model, which is weighted toward longer-term performance.
However, we don't just use our model when making these picks. We also need to look at current form, course fits and horses for courses. This data can and should help inform our decision making, including validating things we see in the model. If everything lines up, then a player can become an auto-play. If only some parts of the equation suggest a player will perform well this week, then we may look more tepidly at investing in a player.
2023 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play history and current PGA Tour finish trends
Recent PGA Tour Trends
We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.
- Patrick Cantlay - 2 - 3rd Genesis Invitational, T-4 API
- Jason Day - 2 - T-9 Genesis Invitational, T-10 API
- Harris English - 2 - T-12 Genesis Invitational, T-2 API
- Tyrrell Hatton - 2 - T-4 API, 2nd The Players
- Tom Hoge - 2 - T-14 Genesis Invitational, T-3 The Players
- Max Homa - 2 - T-14 API, T-6 The Players
- Viktor Hovland - 2 - T-10 API, T-3 The Players
- David Lingmerth - 2 - T-10 Honda Classic, T-6 The Players
- Shane Lowry - 2 - T-14 Genesis Invitational, T-5 Honda Classic
- Denny McCarthy - 2 - T-14 Genesis Invitational, T-13 The Players
- Collin Morikawa - 2 - T-6 Genesis Invitational, T-13 The Players
- Scottie Scheffler - 3 - T-12 Genesis Invitational, T-4 API, WIN The Players
- Jordan Spieth - 2 - T-6 Phoenix Open, T-4 API
- Justin Suh - T-5 Honda Classic, T-6 The Players
- Adam Svensson - 2 - T-9 Genesis Invitational, T-13 The Players
- Sahith Theegala - 2 - T-6 Genesis Invitational, T-14 API
Event Finish History
We like to look for potential horses for courses with most PGA Tour events, particularly those with regular host courses. We're typically looking at players who advanced to the knockout phase multiple times in the last five years.
- Matt Kuchar - 4
A player is a course fit -- or a potential course fit, at least -- if their Strokes Gained breakout when they finish in the top 25 is similar to the average for top-25 finishers at this week's event.
We don't have strokes gained for Austin Country Club, though.
Find course fits using our member-only tool which shows this week's course numbers relative to the field at Riviera.
I've also created a new listing which helps you find correlated courses by looking at the course fit breakdown for each recurring host course on the PGA Tour. You might be surprised to see which courses seem to relate.
This week's model
Check out the 2023 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play model, which is available to GNN members.
My model weighs performance over multiple time frames (the last five events, 1 year and 2 years) with different weighting to strokes gained based on quality of competition.
We also have a tool for members which lays out the last field, our model and their results in the last five PGA Tour events and last five years of this week's event. Check it out!
We have also dramatically updated all of our tools with better data presentation, export and more to come soon!
Good luck this week!