The biggest stars compete in the biggest exhibition on the golfing schedule with Tiger and Rory taking on JT and Jordan in one of the most compelling The Match contests to date.
It is astonishing that Thomas and Spieth are not favourites. Rory may be number one in the world but Tiger Woods has barely played in two years and withdrew last week with a foot issue. Thomas won a major this year and Spieth has flashed glimpses of his best. Let’s start with the course: it’s a Donald Ross design that is a homage to Augusta National. Woods obviously has a tremendous record at Augusta but it is Spieth who has played so well there over the last decade. Woods and McIlroy rank 1 and 2 on Donald Ross courses but the connection between Spieth and Thomas should not be underestimated. These guys are 4-2 when paired together with Spieth 16-6-3 and Thomas 10-2-3 all-time in team matchplay. McIlroy is 12-11-3 with four straight losses while Woods is 5-9 in fourball and foursomes in his last 14. The young guns are a very confident bet in this.