The 64-man field for next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play has been released.
Only two eligible players — No. 10 Justin Thomas and No. 32 Justin Rose — are leaving action at Austin Country Club in the final match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule for the foreseeable future.
Thomas, who has made it out of group play just once in five attempts, said at the Players Championship last week that he opted to play this week’s Valspar Championship before taking two weeks off at the Masters.
“It’s a place I love,” Thomas said of Innisbrook, which hosts Valspar. “I really, really love the golf course. I just feel like if I go to play I have a good chance to win out there. I just, I just don’t feel that way about Austin Country Club. Does. It’s nothing against the course.” , I just, I’ve played it six times and I’ve played it really bad five of them. So, I felt like it was a better decision for me to go to a place that at least had some positivity and felt like I had a much better chance of winning than going to a big event, a big event , Being a match play, but knowing that I have not had any success other than this kind of success – I would hate to call it a temporary year, but a year. And I really didn’t want to take three weeks off before the Masters.”
Justin Suh, ranked No. 77 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is currently the last man in the field.
Eleven LIV members are ranked in the top 75 in the world, but have been suspended by the PGA Tour and are thus unable to compete in Tour events.
The four-member 16 teams for the three-day round-robin stage will be decided on Monday.