Action Report: Patrick Cantlay Popular Pick For WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

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Patrick Cantlay watches his drive from the fifth tee during the third round of the Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 21, 2023, 10:38 AM

Patrick Cantlay has played in the last four editions of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and hasn’t made it out of the group stage any of those years.

But bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook expect that to change this year.

Cantlay, who has +1600 odds to win, has the most handle (20.9%) on the second-most tickets (12.5%) to win the tournament. 

The No. 4 seed in the entire tournament is in a group with Brian Harman, K.H. Lee, and Nick Taylor. The closest Cantlay came to making it out of group play was in 2021 when he fell to Harman on the second playoff hole.

The 31-year-old is enjoying a solid season, with five top-25 finishes over seven events, including three top 5s. Cantlay is also coming off a Presidents Cup last fall, where he went 3-1-0.

Another golf betting favorite is Cameron Young at +3300.

This is his second appearance in this event; the Wake Forest product didn’t make it out of group play last year, going 1-2 in his three matches. 

He’s drawing the most tickets (13.4%) and the fourth-most handle (7.8%).

Young is the No. 15 overall seed in a group with Sepp Straka, Corey Conners, and Davis Thompson.

The 25-year-old has two top-20 finishes in his last three starts. At the Presidents Cup, he went 1-2-1.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler, who has the best odds to win at +800, is drawing the second-most handle (17.6%) on the third-most tickets (7.4%).

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Patrick Cantlay – 20.9%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 17.6%
  3. Max Homa – 12.8%
  4. Cameron Young – 7.8%
  5. Jason Day – 7.1%

Tickets

  1. Cameron Young – 13.4%
  2. Patrick Cantlay – 12.5%
  3. Scottie Scheffler – 7.4%
  4. Max Homa – 6%
  5. Kevin Kisner – 5.7%

Homa (+2000) is also a popular pick with approximately 1/8 of the handle. But he hasn’t made it out of group play in his two previous appearances. 

Jon Rahm (+1100) has the second-best odds and is drawing 3.8% of tickets and 3.7% of the handle, which rank ninth and eighth respectively.

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”