Bubba denies Thomas World No 1 ranking in Match Play semi-final
Mar 27 2018
Watson won $1.7m and the Walter Hagen Trophy. Kisner then hit just inside the hazard and had to play up short of another hazard.
Second seed Thomas, who won his first Major title at last August's PGA Championship, routed South Korean Kim Si Woo 6&5 in the round of 16 and saw off fellow American Kyle Stanley 2&1 in the quarter-finals at Austin Country Club. "Finally starting to make some birdies".
"It's nice to be back to form".
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. "I had great control of my emotions". Past year was tough but a couple of wins turns it all around.
"This is unbelievable. A dream come true", Watson said. And when things are working, his opponents are left scratching their heads at just how he gets his golf ball to do those insane things. "This check this week will help me do a lot of good throughout different communities". Golf is my true passion and I love playing it. "I am driving the ball really nice".
"I'm really excited", Watson said.
Kisner admitted it was an afternoon to forget.
"I don't care when it happens", Thomas said about going to No. 1. "All the guys here have a chance to win any week, but I'm confident, obviously, having two wins in 2018". "I tried to stick with my game plan but everything went left or right".
"So what an honour and a privilege, overwhelming sensation to know that I have another trophy at the house".
"I played well", he told Golf Channel.
Noren beat Thomas 5&3 for third place. That put him in the semifinals for the first time since his Match Play debut in 2011 when it was in Arizona.
Thomas did not play quite as smoothly against Stanley as in his previous two matches, both of which only went 13 holes, but still had enough in the tank.
Kisner reached the finals with a 19-hole victory over Alex Noren, who was 5-0 on the week entering the semis.
But he rebounded with a hard-fought 2-and-1 victory over Brian Harman in the Round of 16 and cruised to the final from there by defeating Justin Thomas, 3 and 2, who was the highest-seeded player to make the weekend.
While he didn't have his best stuff in the championship match, Kisner takes plenty of confidence from this week heading into the Masters. The victor of each group after three days of round robin advances to the 18-hole single elimination matches. As a result, he will be watching on television when the world's best players tee it up at Augusta.
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'm going to try to keep my head down - look like a zombie or whatever you want to call it - and be committed to every shot". Hopefully, he will continue to climb the world rankings and there will not be a "next time". Thomas would have upstaged Johnson - who has topped the rankings for 58 successive weeks - had he reached the final but didn't lead at any stage of the match against the left-hander. He lost all three matches, some of them by wide margins.