WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Kevin Kisner claims glory 12 months after finals defeat

first_imgKevin Kisner succeeded where he failed 12 months ago by winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play final courtesy of a 3 and 2 victory over Matt Kuchar.Kisner, who will rise from his current position of 50th in the world rankings thanks to his first World Golf Championships title, reached the final at Austin Country Club in 2018, only to be thumped 7 and 6 by Bubba Watson. He sealed victory in style, converting a 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th after an eagle attempt from Kuchar had come up agonizingly short.A birdie to win it! 🏆Congratulations, @K_Kisner.He finished 6-1-0 @DellMatchPlay.It’s his first World Golf Championship title.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/HULr7bz2T7— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 31, 2019Ryder Cup star Molinari eased past Bjerregaard in the consolation match, triumphing 4 and 2. The tone for that contest was set by Watson winning each of the first five holes, but Kisner was never behind this time around as he overcame Kuchar in a somewhat underwhelming decider.Both Kisner and Kuchar weren’t at their best Sunday afternoon in Texas, perhaps unsurprisingly given they were each playing their fourth round in two days and seventh of the week. The two were also taken the full 18 in their morning semifinal matches as Kisner was able to edge out Francesco Molinari and Kuchar got the better of Lucas Bjerregaard. Related News WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar reach finalcenter_img “Phew. … It was a big week, a long weekend — grueling, not only from the mental side but the physical side,” Kisner said after his round. “A lot of golf and a lot of stressful holes and stressful putts that I was able to prevail.”In the final match, Kisner birdied the opening hole of the final to move one up and was two up through seven holes as his Kuchar struggled badly on the greens.A three-putt from Kisner on the par-4 9th hole enabled Kuchar to reduce his deficit, but the 2013 champion then found water on the par-3 11th to slip back to two down.When Kuchar made a sloppy bogey on 15, Kisner was three up with three to play and on the brink of the biggest victory of his career. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Tiger Woods reacts to final-hole losslast_img

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