Bubba Watson wins WGC Dell Technologies Match Play
Bubba Watson won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play PGA Tour event in Austin, Texas over the weekend of March 21-25, 2018.
The win, number 11 on the PGA Tour during Watson’s career, earned $1.7 million, while helping keep Justin Thomas from overtaking the No. 1 ranking in the world by defeating him 3-and-2 in the semifinal round. Four events ago, Watson was ranked No. 117, but following wins at Riviera and Austin, he is now ranked No. 21.
Watson, a graduate of the University of Georgia, defeated fellow Bulldog Kevin Kisner in the final round with a 7-and-6 victory, fittingly known as a Dog License score. The win was the largest blowout in the title match since it switched to an 18 hole format in 2011.
It took Bubba Watson only 28 holes on the final day to claim the victory. Watson never trailed during the title match. After sinking a birdie putt on the first hole, Bubba was handed the next four holes via bogeys from Kisner. In total, Watson played 109 holes in 7 matches, reached the 18th only once, during Friday’s match with Julian Suri.
With the Masters looming, an event he has already won twice, Watson seems to be playing much more focused than in previous years. Previously, his strongest showing in the Match Play event was a semifinal appearance, but a winning appearance during which he only struggled to commit to “4 or 5 shots,” Watson now joins the list of favorites heading to Augusta.
“It’s crazy to think about,” said Watson. “I’ve got two World Golf Championships and two majors. It’s unbelievable to think about that, giving my mom a hug, 6 years old, having one golf club for a year, no lessons. 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.”