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Players champ Thomas favored in WGC-Match Play

by Will Gray
Updated On: March 23, 2021, 6:07 pm ET

For the first time in several weeks, Dustin Johnson will tee it up in a PGA Tour event as something other than the pre-tournament betting favorite.

Johnson is still the world No. 1, and he'll defend his Masters green jacket in two short weeks. But this week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play he's looking up at a few names on the early odds sheet, which is topped by Justin Thomas.

Thomas won The Players two weeks ago, and he headlines a notable four-player group in this week's event: his round-robin matches will be against Louis Oosthuizen and the two players that advanced to the finals the last time this was held in 2019, Matt Kuchar and defending champ Kevin Kisner.

Right behind Thomas (+1100) are Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau (+1200). Rahm is grouped this week with Ryan Palmer, Shane Lowry and Sebastian Munoz, while DeChambeau will face Tommy Fleetwood, Si Woo Kim and Antoine Rozner. Johnson (+1300) is next in line and drew Kevin Na, Robert MacIntyre and Adam Long.

This week's format places the 64-man field at Austin Country Club into 16 groups of four players each. Group play will be conducted Wednesday-Friday, with the winners from each group advancing to the knockout Round of 16 which will begin Saturday morning.

Here's a look at the rest of the odds for this week's event, via PointsBet Sportsbook:

Odds to win WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

+1100: Justin Thomas

+1200: Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm

+1300: Dustin Johnson

+1600: Rory McIlroy

+1800: Collin Morikawa

+2200: Paul Casey

+2500: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele

+2800: Tony Finau

+3000: Webb Simpson, Tyrrell Hatton, Sungjae Im

+3300: Sergio Garcia, Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Cameron Smith

+4000: Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, Will Zalatoris

+5000: Lee Westwood, Jason Kokrak, Corey Conners, Abraham Ancer, Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann

+6000: Kevin Kisner, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

+6600: Si Woo Kim

+7000: Bubba Watson, Billy Horschel, Russell Henley, Harris English, Max Homa

+8000: Brian Harman, Shane Lowry, Ryan Palmer, Matthew Wolff

+9000: Matt Wallace

+10000: Kevin Na, Ian Poulter, Marc Leishman, Brendon Todd, Carlos Ortiz, Lanto Griffin, Victor Perez

+12500: Matt Kuchar, Talor Gooch, Robert MacIntyre

+15000: Bernd Wiesberger, Sebastian Munoz, Kevin Streelman, Dylan Frittelli, Erik van Rooyen, J.T. Poston, Antoine Rozner

+2000: Adam Long, Andy Sullivan, Mackenzie Hughes

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Will Gray

Will Gray is the Manager of College Sports & Golf Content for NBC Sports EDGE. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC