Kevin Kisner made it to the World Golf Championships good play very last for the second one straight year. This time, he was given it right.
A week that started with a loss ended on Sunday with the most significant victory of Kisner’s career while he holed a 20-foot birdie putt to close out Matt Kuchar, three and 2, at a chilly Austin Country Club.
“It changed into a protracted week. I prevailed. And I’m a global golfing champion,” Kisner stated off the sixteenth green.
He became the first player to win the event after dropping inside the very last the previous year. That one turned into now not close, as Bubba Watson ended the fit in 12 holes.
Kisner in no way trailed against Kuchar, though it turned into tight on the turn until Kuchar made too many errors. He missed a 12-foot putt on the 10th that might have tied the match, and on his subsequent swing placed his tee shot into the water on the par-3 11th.
Given a 2-up lead, Kisner took it from there. He halved holes via making putts from 6 ft and four toes and then seized manipulate on the fifteenth while Kuchar’s chip turned into too sturdy and caused any other misplaced hollow. It changed into Kisner’s third PGA Tour victory, his first because of 2017.
Kuchar, who still moved to the pinnacle of the FedEx Cup standings, stated:
“I have too many holes away. I knew in opposition to Kisner I couldn’t do it.
Kisner had to play 120 holes over seven matches in five days, a week that began with a loss to Ian Poulter in organization play. Kisner, who finished in a tie for second at the back of Francesco Molinari inside the British Open last yr, became the first participant to win the athletic play world event with a loss at some stage in the spherical-robin element, which commenced in 2015.
“If you’d have told me I’d be sitting here ten years in the past, I would in all likelihood have said you have been loopy,” said the 35-yr-vintage Kisner, who turned into gambling on minitours at that point.
“I think it indicates in my grind. That’s what I do. I’ve had and downs throughout it. I’ve won on each excursion, each degree. And had extraordinary downfalls on each tour and each degree. So I delight myself inside the manner I select myself up and maintain grinding.”
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Kisner and Kuchar every had 1-up victories within the semifinals. Kisner needed to get beyond Molinari, who had by no means required to play the 18th hollow in 5 previous fits this week. Kuchar, who received the occasion in 2013, had to beat Lucas Bjerregaard, who had knocked out Tiger Woods within the quarterfinals.