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).

Bubba Watson earns 11th PGA Tour win
Bubba Watson earns 11th PGA Tour win

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.

Watson round-by-round

  1. 1 – def. Branden Grace, 5 and 3
  1. 2 – def. Marc Leishman, 3 and 2
  1. 3 – halved with Julian Suri
  1. 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

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson

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.

 

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