Bubba Watson takes WGC Match-Play crown
Texas: Two-time Experts champ Bubba Watson earned the WGC Match-Play Tournament on Weekend, routing Kevin Kisner 7&6 in the ultimate after denying Justin Thomas the earth number one standing in the semifinals.
The 39-year-old North American joined PADRAIG HARRINGTON, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els as the only real players with multiple major and WGC wins, his other WGC crown to arrive China at the 2014 HSBC Champions.
Watson, the 35th seed, earned the first five slots of the ultimate and never seemed back taking his 11th US PGA subject and second of the entire year after winning previous month at Riviera.
“I acquired off to an excellent start, really first got it heading,” Bubba Watson said. “There have been only about 4 or 5 shots over the complete week where I lost my target, where I didn`t have my attention.”
His win was included with the beginning of the Experts, the yr`s first major event which he triumphed in in 2012 and 2014, looming on Apr 5 and Watson confident as he minds for Augusta Countrywide.
“It originates from knowing I`ve received strength going to the photographs again,” Watson said. “Physical durability, being healthy, will create your brain — you`re heading to have self-confidence.”
Within the semi-finals, Bubba Watson defeated second-seeded compatriot Thomas 3&2 and 32nd-seeded North American Kisner defeat Sweden`s Alex Noren in 19 slots at Austin Country Membership.
“I didn`t really make any blunders,” Watson said. “And I made some putts early on. You have an opportunity to get the business lead. I played sturdy and he didn`t make any putts.”Thomas, who gained his first major finally time`s PGA Tournament, was running after his fifth subject in eight calendar months and could have overtaken North American Dustin Johnson atop Mon`s world search positions by being successful, Johnson having crashed out in the group level.
“It could be a very important thing entering Augusta never to package with all that and let DJ have all that pressure,” Thomas said.
Thomas admitted the opportunity to match Woods and Jordan Spieth as a global number 1 before time 25 weighed on him.
“I haven`t experienced such trouble not considering something a whole lot. And that basically sucked. I couldn`t stop a great deal of thought,” Thomas said.
“You`re constantly getting questions about any of it with the press but I have to be mentally more robust than that, and recognize that it`s simply a match.
“By the end of your day, naturally I didn`t play perfectly, but I definitely didn`t give him the match. He made a whole lot of birdies and played out sufficiently to be deserving to maintain the ultimate match.”Watson sank a 12-feet birdie to win the first hole against Kisner. At the next, Kisner overlooked a nine-footer for par, slipping 2-down for the very first time all week.
Bogeys by Kisner at the par-5 third and par-3 4th staked Watson a 4-up business lead and a concession birdie by bogey-bound Kisner implemented at five.
Kisner sank a 12-ft . par putt to avoid losing the par-5 sixth but took three to attain the green at the par-3 seventh to fall 6-down.
Watson sank an 11-ft . birdie putt at 10 but Kisner, on the brink of defeat, rolled in a 34-foot birdie at the par-3 11th to win his first hole.
But that only postponed his destiny, Bubba Watson acquiring the crown with a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-5 12th.
“It`s one among those deals. Each and every time I appeared up, there is nowhere to look,” Kisner said. “I assume I have to find out what happened today and focus on that.”
Kisner was running after the biggest name of his job, having triumphed in PGA crowns at Colonial this past year and Sea Island in 2015.
Kisner proved grit in the semi-final, making an eagle at 12 to square with Noren, then matched up him with six birdied in a row before sinking a five-foot birdie putt on the first extra gap, the 12th, to dispatch Noren.
“That was a hardcore match,” Kisner said. “He stored hitting it within close. I hung within and made putts and first got it done in the playoff.”
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