Bubba Watson has won the WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas.
Meeting world number two and 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas in the semi-finals, many would have thought the 39-year-old Watson would have been heading out the tournament.
However, the two-time Masters winner continued his excellent form from throughout the week, and progressed to the final by a score of 3&2.
In the final, Watson duelled off against Kevin Kisner. The finale was not a classic, ending in a 7&6 blowout.
If the 24-year-old Thomas had progressed to the final of the tournament, he would have had the chance to take the top spot in golf’s world rankings off the hands of Dustin Johnson, who has held the position for over a year.
With his win, Watson becomes one of a select group of players to have won multiple majors, and the WGC Match Play – namely, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Ernie Els.
Of the one-sided final, Watson said:
Kisner has been playing well all week but you could tell the energy was gone after his match this morning,
I got off to a hot start, I was so focused on committing to the shots. There were only about four or five shots for the week where I kind of blanked out, so that’s pretty good over the holes we play.
In his efforts to win his third green jacket, Watson said the result here would prove a welcome encouragement.
It comes from knowing I’ve got strength to hit the shots again,
Making the putts, having the physical strength, being healthy in your mind, you’re going to have confidence.