Redemption has finally been earned by Kevin Kisner as he closed out Matt Kuchar 3 and 2 in the WGC Dell Match Play final after reaching final for the second consecutive year. He recorded his biggest career victory with a 20-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.
“It was a long week. I prevailed. And I’m a world golf champion,” said the new world no. 25.
Unlike last year’s defeat in the final to Bubba Watson in which Watson won 7 and 6, Kisner never straggled behind his opponent as he led in all except one hole. Kuchar will blame his errors for the loss as he slipped up too many times.
Kuchar three-putted from 15 feet on the second hole after Kisner hit it into the hazard to settle for a draw. He then blew an opportunity to go level with after he missed a 12-foot putt on the tenth hole.
The final mistake came at the par-4 15th hole when he missed the green right and hit a poor chip on his way to a bogey which put him three down with three to go, essentially ending the match.
From 250 yards at the par-five 16th he found the green with his second but left his eagle putt short and Kisner holed from 20 feet for a birdie to close out the match.
“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. I knew against Kisner I couldn’t do it, and he just plodded along and let me make mistakes. And that was good playing by Kevin.” said Kuchar after the round.
Kisner bounced back from a defeat to Ian Poulter earlier in the week during the round robin stages to beat world no. 7 and The Open champion Francesco Molinari who brought the game all the way into the eighteenth hole where he three-putted for a closing bogey to let Kisner advance to the final.
The talk of the week had to be Tiger Woods beating Rory McIlroy and then getting dumped out of the tournament by a relatively unknown Lucas Bjerregaard. Woods held on with a slender lead until the final three holes where he lost two to lose to the Dane by one.
McIlroy on the other hand, had a complete meltdown, similar to his 2011 Masters performance. After wayward drives and misfiring irons with a suspicious short game, Woods had only one thing to say, “It was a difficult day for both of us.”
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