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Watson denies Thomas No.1, faces Kisner in Match-Play final

26 March, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Hannah Francis

Thomas (3-0), ranked No. 2 in the world, can become No. 1 by winning the tourney.

Casey only had to halve his match to advance for the third time in four years.

"I just didn't get off to the same start that I have been".

"I played well", he told Golf Channel.

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. I don't put a monumental amount of stock into what happens at this event because it's so random and seemingly weird, but Bubba is clearly in better form right now than he was at this time a year ago.

Favorites to win the Masters seemingly change on a week-to-week basis. "I'll go back and get ready for the next couple of weeks".

Garnett shot a 68 to lead by a stroke from compatriots Steve Wheatcroft and Keith Mitchell on 13-under with Paul Dunne tied 14th, six behind on seven-under after a 70 as Graeme McDowell added a four-over 76 to his first round 70 to miss the cut by three.

Aphibarnrat was never ahead until the very end when the Thai 28th seed rolled in eight-foot birdies at the final two holes to snatch victory.

The win is Watson's 11th on the PGA Tour and second WGC title.

"I'm really excited. I really hope Jim Furyk-I know I'm not supposed to say this on the TV station-I hope Jim Furyk is watching, because I really want to play in France". "Hung in there and made putts when I needed to and was fortunate to get a win".

"I don't care when it happens", Thomas said about going to No. 1.

The crowd could be a little more split come Sunday morning, though, when Thomas faces Bubba Watson.

Thomas reduced the deficit against former Masters champion Watson to one at the turn in the semi-final with two birdies but was three down again after 12 at the Austin Country Club.

After Watson sank a 10-foot birdie putt to win the 10th and go 2-up, Thomas found water with his second shot at the par-5 12th and made bogey to fall 3-down.

Three American golfers and Swede Alex Noren remain in contention to win the WGC Match Play in Texas, after the quarterfinal dust settled on Sunday.

— Kevin Kisner, a 4-and-3 victor over Johnson, figured he was headed for a playoff when Adam Hadwin took a 1-up lead on the 18th over Bernd Wiesberger. Noren missed an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have closed out the match, then opened the door for Kisner with a poor eagle putt on the first extra hole that barely stayed on the green.


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