This week the PGA Tour will be heading to Austin, Texas for the Dell Match Play. It will be the second year in a row that the Austin Country Club will host the event.

The WGC event will start on Wednesday instead of Thursday and will go under the following format.

A total of 16 groups consisting of four players will make up the field. The golfers ranked 1-64 in the world will make up the field, but with Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Adam Hadwin not playing, the 65-69th ranked players will replace them.

From Wednesday through Friday, each member in a group will go head to head against each other in match-play format. A player that wins will earn one point, a loss is worth zero, and if the players draw, they each earn a half point. The player who has the most points in their group come Friday will move on to a 16 man field that consist of single elimination.

If multiple players are tied in a group, they will head to a sudden death playoff.

The 16 man bracket style field will begin on Saturday, and the quarterfinals will follow. The semi-finals and final will be held on Sunday.

Last year Jason Day took home the crown, but repeating will not be easy. A key to match play golf is picking up birdies. A double-bogey on a hole does not effect a golfer that much as he will just lose the hole and move on, but getting birdies gives you a good shot at winning a hole. The more birdies you get, the more holes you are likely to win and beat your opponent.

The final four prediction this week is Jordan Spieth vs. Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day with McIlroy defeating Spieth in Spieth’s hometown to take home the championship.

Sean Gancarz is a golf, basketball and UFC columnist for TheSportsBlaze.com. You can follow him on Twitter-seanyganc

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Sean Gancarz is a graduate from West Virginia University where he studied Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sport Communications. He resides in a small Jersey Shore town called Barnegat and loves rooting for his favorite teams. The Giants, Yankees, Knicks and Devils. His dream is too one day witness his beloved Mountaineers win a National Championship in Football or Basketball.

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