Watson routs Kisner to win WGC Match Play

Watson routs Kisner to win WGC Match Play

Watson routs Kisner to win WGC Match Play

Bubba Watson was nearly an afterthought as recently as last month, but he was in the Masters discussion because a two-time champion needs to be in the discussion.

The 40-year-old Kerr closed with a 68.

The double Masters champ maintains his threat to quit golf and focus on his new business ventures towards the end of a year ago was genuine. "It was a scary time".

Watson captured a second WGC title, a second victory this new season and the 11th PGA Tour win of his pro career with a convincing 7 & 6 triumph over fellow American Kevin Kisner in the final in Austin, Texas.

It was the largest margin of victory in the championship final since 2008, and with it Bubba Watson became just the fifth player in history to become both a multiple major and multiple WGC champion.

And as soon as he polished off fellow American Kevin Kisner 7&6 in the Match Play final, he made a televised plea to United States captain Jim Furyk to take note of his resurgence.

All he ever wanted was to make the PGA Tour. He's now on 11, with two majors.

His mother, Molly, came out to the green in between TV interviews to give Watson a hug, leaving him in tears.

"Without you, I'm not", Watson said. "I should write a book, it would be a phenomenal book". And so it was a low point in my golf, low point in my physical abilities, low point in my health. "So, if I miss the cut, I still have two wins to fall back on so far".

So it is no wonder he felt his future might lie in that sweet shop near his home in northern Florida - Bubba's Sweet Spot - his lucrative Chevrolet dealership and the ownership of a minor league baseball outfit, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. There's also a clothing brand in the pipeline. So every person, no matter how old or how young, gets excited when they hit Magnolia Lane and the champions locker room.

"And if I was going to sit back and look at it, do you want to be a family man?" "That was my passion".

"She knew I'd rather be playing golf than being stuck behind a desk or a counter".

Plus, he didn't much fancy the alternative.

You can guess what happened next.

And Watson has ruled out contesting this year's French Open. "I have worked really hard for this and have had great support from my caddy and my family".

"I've rung him and offered to be a vice-captain but he told me I'm too good - so concentrate on making the team. I could never see this vision". But I am going to go away from here with plenty of positive thoughts. The Ronald McDonald house that's attached to the hospital, we've been a part of that, seen some incredible stuff happen there.

But he wants to be back in the frontline in Paris at Le Golf National later this year.

'There was a lot of attention on becoming world number one and I allowed myself to get distracted, ' he admitted.

Thomas, 24, had won all five of his previous matches this week and needed to reach the final to replace Dustin Johnson at the top of the rankings.

The nine-time European Tour victor beat none other than Patrick Reed - fast becoming, if not already, an American Ryder Cup legend - in the first knock-out round, before overcoming the World Number Two, and leader of the USA's Ryder Cup points list, 24 year old Thomas.

"I couldn't stop thinking about it, to be perfectly honest", Thomas said.

"And that really sucked".

Sponsored by a vehicle company, it's perhaps no surprise South Korea's Eun-hee Ji collected some new wheels as part of her prize for winning the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic in California. He shot 77-82 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

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