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Elementary for Watson as he thrashes Kisner in Match Play final

26 March, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Sylvester Abbott

This was a tight match until Aphibarnrat's short game failed him on the back nine, with a chunked chip at the 10th, a clumsy pitch at the 12th and a heavy heavy pitch at the 13th helping Watson win four consecutive holes.

At the time of writing, he is three up through 12, and another step closer to taking the World No 1 position from Dustin Johnson, who crashed out in the first round.

Bubba Watson continued his career resurgence Sunday with a 7 & 6 victory over Kevin Kisner to win the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. He received an invitation from Augusta National over the Christmas holidays, and a tweet from his account said, "Thank you a Great XMas present!"

Watson was in good spirits for this match, and after a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 5 to go 2 up, he walked to the tee and said, "Just remember, I was beating No. 1 at some point".

Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler are skipping Match Play for the second straight year.

Australian Cameron Smith in a spot of bother on the 16th hole in his quarterfinal against Noren.

Other morning winners included Swedish 13th seed Alex Noren and English 58th seed Ian Poulter. Kisner led that event through 54 holes. Johnson left the gallery with one parting shot, a 489-yard drive that would be the longest in PGA Tour history except that stats from Match Play are not official.

The usually-emotional Watson fought back tears in his post-round interviews, but he immediately gave credit to his ability to focus again on the golf course. "It's much different than kind of how I would approach a stroke play round, so play him and most important just keep doing what I've been doing". "It was able to get me a little bit coasting on the back nine", he said.

"I mean, I can't put that down as an excuse".

"I'm not finished", Thai said of his late comeback. "So it's disappointing to be given the wrong information, but that wasn't any part of this afternoon".

Kisner faces Noren, whom he knows from their college days - Kisner at Georgia, Noren at Oklahoma State. He came out with a two-stroke advantage.

Harman topped group six above compatriot Peter Uihlein, who beat McIlroy on day one and Vegas on Friday.

Not too shabby for a guy who missed the cut last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "Pars are pretty good scores on those holes". Corey Conners was second after a 67, and Tyler McCumber also had a 67 to get to 12 under. He shot 77-82 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

In the Dominican Republic, Seamus Power eagled his 16th hole and carded a five-under 67 to lie tied sixth, just four shots behind American Brice Garnett in the PGA Tour's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Tom Lovelady was fourth at 11 under after a 68.

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