Kevin Kisner wins the WGC-Dell Match Play and picks up a cheque for $1.745 million USD but he had to work for it this week.
The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play is a unique tournament as it is the only event on the schedule in this format.
Each player is put into a group of 3 and the winner in each group advances to the next round. What this means for the winner and runner up is that they need to play 8 rounds of golf and potentially 144 holes, if all matches go to the last hole, which is a lot of golf over a 5 day stretch.
Kisner in his opening round lost to Ian Poulter 2 down but then beat Tony Fuan 2 up and Keith Mitchell 2 & 1 to advance through the group stages. He then in the knockout stages beat Hao Tong Li from China 6 & 5 in the round of 16.
In the quarter finals he took out Louis Oosthuizen 2 & 1 and in the semis finals came up against red hot Francesco Molinari 1 up, who had not lost a match all tournament, to face Matt Kucher in the finals.
In the end he claim the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play with a 3 & 2 victory over Kucher which was sort of redemption for last year when he lost in the finals to Bubba Watson.
"I don't think either one of us played our best golf. But I drove it great all week with my Callaway driver, and love my good week." Kisner said after the round.
When Kucher was interviewed he said "Certainly not what I'm looking for. It's tough to maintain the high level of play the entire tournament. You hope to do it and I feel like I've kind of built a game that I could rely on playing some good, steady golf. But I gave too many holes away. It's one of the things I pride myself on is not ever giving holes away. I knew against Kisner I couldn't do it, and he just plodded along and played good, steady golf, and let me make mistakes. And that was good playing by Kevin."
This all puts Kisner one step closer to President’s Cup selection which is all predominantly all match play format in foursomes, fourball and single matches. He has moved from 30th to 15th in the standings and if he does not make it on merit might need a captain’s pick from Tiger Woods. Woods himself might need to pick himself as he currently sits in 17th but there is still a long way to the end of the season before the team is selected.
“I think there’s no doubt he’ll be a playing captain,” Kisner said. “I hope to be a part of it.”
This win was Kisner third career PGA tour victory and the biggest win of his career.