Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Bubba Watson wins WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Bubba Watson wins WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

"So for me to stay focused, stay committed to my shots, there's probably about four shots for the whole week that I wasn't committed to". A two-time Masters champion, Bubba also won the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in 2014.

"So, we called the resort or I got my assistant to call the resort to say: 'Hey?" "Physical strength, being healthy, is going to create the mind - you're going to have confidence". Watson was never behind, starting with a birdie at the first hole.

"There's stories all different directions that didn't go the way I saw it", he said. "And then I made some putts early". "You get the full package with him".

As Watson climbed back up to 21st in the world rankings (he's been as high as four), his semifinal win against Justin Thomas kept his fellow American from a maiden stint as world No.1. "It's going to be nice to head to the Masters in really good form and I'm looking forward to it".

"I haven't had such a hard time not thinking about something so much. And that really sucked", Thomas said.

"I think my mentality fits the format well but I hadn't been playing well coming into it, so I did a lot of prep this week and starting to see some results out here".

"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".

Watson said his approach to match play was similar to stroke play - try to shoot a good score rather than worry about his opponent's game.

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2 under: In a pool play match against Julian Suri on Friday, Watson needed to play the final two holes birdie-birdie just to halve the match with the No. 64-seeded Suri. But Kisner buried a 50-footer for eagle at the par-5 12th to square the match. Wrong. Watson shot a pedestrian 1-under 34 on the front side, but Kisner made five (!) bogeys and dropped a 5-over 40.

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

But that only delayed his fate, Watson capturing the crown with a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-5 12th.

"It was just one of those deals", said Kisner.

He missed the cut, complained about fans and insulted the entire country with these statements about his time sightseeing: "I don't know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch (Arc de Triomphe), whatever I rode around in a circle. I had this one (match) circled this week and I'm glad I came out and performed pretty well".

Kisner was chasing the biggest title of his career, having won PGA crowns at Colonial previous year and Sea Island in 2015.

BROUSSARD, La. (AP) - Julian Etulain of Argentina ran off three straight birdies to start the back nine and closed with a 4-under 67 to win the Chitimacha Louisiana Open for this first Web.com Tour victory. After escaping in 19 holes against Alex Noren in his semifinal match, Kisner didn't put up much of a fight.

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