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By : BGA Proshop
It was like Bubba Watson was out for a nice Sunday stroll playing the finals for WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. Watson claimed his second World Golf Championship title with the biggest match play blow out since the tournament switched to 18 holes in 2011 with a 7 and 6 victory over Kevin Kisner.
For those who are not familiar with match play it is a format where you are matched against another player and the idea is to win as many holes as you can. The player with the best score on each hole “wins” the hole and there are only 18 holes unless it is all tied which then you will need extra holes to decide the match. The aim is to beat your opponent with a lower score on the hole and it does matter if you have 10 and they have 11 you still win the hole. The scores do not carry over and each hole starts off a new which means that you can only win a hole, draw a hole or lose a hole.
Watson’s winning margin was 7 and 6 which meant that Watson had won 7 holes out of the 11 holes played and with only 6 holes to go if Kisner won every single hole on the way in he still could not have beaten Watson so the match ends at that point and Watson declared the winner.
Earlier in the day Watson faced Justin Thomas in the semifinals and if winning a WGC even was not a big enough motivation for Thomas if he had beat Watson he would have been world number 1. Watson won that match 3 and 2.
In the semifinals, Thomas said he was too consumed with what was at stake.
"I haven't had such a hard time not thinking about something so much. And that really sucked," Thomas said. "I couldn't stop thinking about it, to be perfectly honest. And I think you're constantly getting questions about it with the media. But I need to be mentally stronger than that, and understand that it's just a match."
Kisner on the other hand had to do it the hard way in his semifinals match. Being all tied after 18 holes a 19th hole was needed to decide the match where Kinser just edged out Sweden’s Alex Noren.
Watson only becomes the fifth player to win multiple WGCs and multiple majors.
"It's crazy to think about it," Watson said. "I've got two World Golf Championships, counting this one, and two majors. I'm done, you know?
"It's unbelievable to think about that, giving my mom a hug, six years old, having one golf club for a year, no lessons. I mean I can sit here and make up stories all day, but it's absolutely remarkable that I'm able to lift a trophy like this."
After disappearing for a year one amongst the golf elites, Watson has won two tournaments this year. He was ranked 117th in the world when he arrived at Riviera and now with a win at the WGC Dell Technologies he is back to number 21 and finding some form before the Masters at Augusta National.
"I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully I can get this focus and my putter rolling like it is," Watson said.