Bubba Watson wins WGC – Dell Techologies Championship
March 26, 2018
After defeating Justin Thomas, 3 and 2, to advance to the finals, Bubba Watson cruised to a 7 and 6 victory over Kevin Kisner to claim his 11th career PGA TOUR victory and second World Golf Championships title (2015 WGC-HSBC Champions).
Watson took control of the match by winning the first five holes, despite just one birdie (No. 1) in that stretch. He won Nos. 2-4 with pars and then the par-4 fifth hole when Kisner conceded. Kisner did not win a hole until No. 11, moving from 7 down to 6 down with seven holes remaining, but a birdie by Watson on the par-5 12th hole closed out the match 7 and 6.
With the victory, Watson collects 550 points and moves to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. Watson has rebounded from his worst season on the PGA TOUR, finishing 75th in the FedExCup and recording just six top-25s.
Since the event moved to an 18-hole championship match in 2011, Watson’s 7-and-6 victory is the largest in the title match, topping Jason Day’s 5 and 4 victory over Louis Oosthuizen in 2016.
- 1 – def. Branden Grace, 5 and 3
- 2 – def. Marc Leishman, 3 and 2
- 3 – halved with Julian Suri
- 4 – def. Brian Harman, 2 and 1
QF – def. Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 5 and 3
SF – def. Justin Thomas, 3 and 2
FINALS – def. Kevin Kisner, 7 and 6
With his victory, Watson becomes the fifth player with multiple major championships and multiple World Golf Championships titles, joining Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.