Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Elementary for Watson as he thrashes Kisner in Match Play final

Daily Texan Staff Daily Texan Staff
Domingo Copeland | 29 March, 2018, 02:22

Watson went out to a 3-up lead on the front nine, and when Thomas closed to 1 down at the turn with his first birdie putt, Watson won two of the next three holes to regain control.

In seven previous trips to the Match Play, Watson made it to the weekend just twice, including his semifinal loss in 2011, and his fortunes didn't seem to be improving when he halved his Day 3 pool play match with Julian Suri.

Watson clinched his first win in two years in the Genesis Open at Riviera last month. So many to choose from here, but we'll focus on Day, the Tour leader in total driving and strokes-gained putting, who also won this event in 2016.

"So, we called the resort or I got my assistant to call the resort to say: 'Hey?"

"When you get a lead in match play the one thing you never want to do is give your opponent any sort of momentum".

The 39-year-old dominated Kisner by going 7up through the first 10 holes after winning the first five holes in the championship match.

It was the biggest margin of victory in a final since 2008 when Tiger Woods won 8 & 7 over Stewart Cink.

"I haven't had such a hard time not thinking about something so much", he said, referring to the potential of becoming No. 1, "and that really sucked".

A Callaway representative said it was just "Phil being Phil" and tinkering with his current setup, but it's a situation worth monitoring going forward, especially when you consider it's been three years since PM Grind launched. "I don't know what happened in the final".

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"But then I can't stay out of the country too long as I have to get dressed-up and be ready to return to Augusta".

Watson delayed a planned vacation after reaching Sunday's semifinals, and he will continue to climb up the U.S. Ryder Cup team points after contemplating retirement while battling an undisclosed illness a year ago.

"Last year was a really low point in my life mentally, physically, and a couple of wins later it cheers you up and makes you feel a lot better", he said.

"It was little downwind and I hit the same club as yesterday", Ji said. That included another abysmal week on the greens, where he lost more than five shots to the field and made no more than 55 feet of putts each round.

Kisner had beaten Sweden's Alex Noren in their semi-final, with Noren then defeating Thomas 5&3 in a match for third place. Justin Thomas would have reached his rightful place as world No 1 had he won the tournament, but he simply ran out steam against Watson in his semi-final, losing 3&2.

Justin Thomas will have to wait to be World No. 1.

If all this doesn't exactly sound like the Bubba we've become familiar with over the years, it's not too much of a stretch to declare that there has been an evolution.

"But Angie basically told me to stop whining and man up. I had this one (match) circled this week and I'm glad I came out and performed pretty well". "Soon as I saw the ball fly, 'That's going to be good'".

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