Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Paul Casey are scheduled to be at the Golf Channel’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Special on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.
Golf Channel will air a 90-minute live primetime special that will feature golf’s own version of a March Madness bracket-style tournament selection format under the guidance of PGA TOUR competition officials.
Special guests taking part in the selection process include: World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell, award-winning actor Luke Wilson, current University of Texas head football coach Tom Herman, former University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown and former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play will take place at Austin Country Club Wednesday-Sunday, March 22-26. The 64-man field will learn their match opponents for round-robin play (Weds-Fri) during Monday night’s special from inside Hotel Van Zandt’s Ladybird Ballroom.
The top seed for each of the 16 four-player groups will be filled by the top 16 players in the field by order of their position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Subsequently, the remaining three players in each group will be determined by a blind draw from three separate pools based on each player’s overall standing in the OWGR.
Each group will play round-robin matches within their group Wednesday through Friday. The player with the best record in each group advances to the Round of 16 for single-elimination match play.
Below is an example of how the seeding process could play out next Monday:
No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson would be the No. 1 seed in the tournament given his standing in the OWGR. He would be the No. 1 seed in group 1.
The final three spots in his group would be randomly drawn from the pools
Pool B – Players seeded 17-32
Pool C – Players seeded 33-48
Pool D – Players seeded 49-64
Player A – Dustin Johnson (Ranked No. 1)
Player B – Russell Knox (Ranked No. 21)
Player C – Martin Kaymer (Ranked No. 44)
Player D – Jhonattan Vegas (Ranked No. 59)
As the show progresses, completed groups will be posted live to PGATOUR.COM and fans will be able to follow analysis and commentary throughout the draw.
A live stream of the show will also be available on Golf Channel Digital, the PGA TOUR mobile app and on PGATOUR.com.