Bubba Watson wins Dell Match Play for his second win of 2018
Bubba Watson is living one hell of a year on the TOUR, he recently won his third Genesis Open title and added another feather to his cap with his 11th win on the Tour after beating Kevin Kisner at Dell Technologies Match Play, Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas, which happens to be his second WGC Title.
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Congratulations Bubba Watson 🏆The Dell Technologies Match Play Champion!
Posted by European Tour on Sunday, March 25, 2018
Watson was not sure if he would be playing even the quarterfinals and had booked him and family a vacation, and then he had to change the plans, probably the best problem one can have.
With his win today he becomes only the fifth player to win multiple WGC Titles, and multiple majors, others who have achieved the same feat include Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson.
Tiger Woods has the maximum WGC wins at 18 and followed by Dustin Johnson with 5 wins. Others who have achieved the same feat are Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson.
All this happened on his 109th hole of the week after defeating Kevin Kisner by 7 and 6 in finals and Justin Thomas by 3 and 2 in Semifinals.
Bubba Watson wins Dell Match Play
Thier dual lasted for good 12 holes, Watson was 6 Up after 7, it was not a matter of “if” but “when”. Watson took a 5-Up by the fifth hole with back to back wins. The only hole won by Kisner was par-3 11th, which just reduced Watson to 6-UP before his win with a birdie on the par-5 12th.
“I just got off to a hot start,” an emotional Watson told Steve Sands of NBC. “I was so focused on golf, so focused on committing to the shots.”
Bubba Watson is now among the favorites to win The Masters 2018 for the third time and when you listen to him, he calls it just being lucky.
“I never felt a coat feel so good,” he said. “… I don’t know if I can get lucky three times.”
This is the same guy who had vowed to retire if he wins 10 PGA Tour Titles and look where are we now. Now he wants to win more and give back to society with his endeavors and one such example is his donation of $1.6 million donations to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart back in Pensacola.
“Me donating money to the Children’s Hospital, that’s the biggest trophy I’ve ever been a part of,” Watson said. “When I’m no longer here, there’s going to be people being helped, kids being helped, families being helped. The Ronald McDonald house that’s attached to the hospital, we’ve been a part of that, seen some amazing stuff happen there.
“So when I look back at my career, it’s the stuff outside of golf. This check this week will help me do a lot of good throughout different communities.”
The dreams are coming true to the 39-year-old genius of a player.
“It’s overwhelming,” he said. “I can’t make that into a real story. I should write a book.”
“It would be a phenomenal book.”
Justin Thomas needed to beat Watson in a semifinal to become the World No.1, replacing Dustin Johnson, but he lost 3 and 2 and remains No.2. “I haven’t had such a hard time not thinking about something so much,” he said. “And that really sucked. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.” Maybe that’s what took him down, his own thoughts and aided by a great round of golf by Bubba Watson.
After losing to Watson, Thomas was scheduled to play against Alex Noren for the third place at the event and Thomas went down 5 and 3, finishing fourth, after conceding his 15th hole.
Kevin Kisner defeated Alex Noren in a semifinal after Watson had already reached the finals and waited for his opponent from the winner of Noren Vs. Kisner. Their match finished for all-square and extended to a playoff which finished on the very first hole when Noren made a bogey and Kisner needed just a par to advance.
Next stop on the PGA Tour is at The Houston Open and The Masters is just around the corner.