World Match Play: Scottie Scheffler defeats Kevin Kisner to win the number one spot in the world.
Scottie Scheffler defeated Kevin Kisner to win the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and get to the top of the global rankings.
After three event victories in 2022, he ended Spain’s Jon Rahm’s 36-week reign at the top of the standings.
Last year’s runner-up Scheffler was too strong for fellow American Kisner, winning 4&3 at Austin Country Club in Texas.
“I’m not sure what to say,” Scheffler, 25, said.
“I’m simply overjoyed. It’s been a long and difficult week. To preserve some vitality, I devised a routine.”
“But, to be honest, I’m quite tired right now. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to play in front of my hometown fans while also attending school here. I have fond recollections of coming out to see this competition on this golf course.
Scheffler will be one of the favourites for the Masters, which begins on April 7th. He got out to a good start, leading by three after four holes and five after the 11th.
However, Johnson won four consecutive holes to attempt a comeback, but Scheffler kept his composure and birdied the 17th to win.
In the other semi-final, Kisner defeated Canada’s Corey Conners 2–1 in the other semi-final, and Conners then defeated Johnson 3–1 in the third-place play-off.
Scheffler, who beat defending champion Billy Horschel in the last 16 on Saturday, got off to a quick start in the final against world number 34 Kisner.
After Kisner bogeyed the second hole and Scheffler birdied the fourth and sixth, he was three up after six holes.
Scheffler extended his lead with a birdie on the 14th, and Kisner was forced to two-putt for the title after missing a birdie putt on the 15th that would have extended the match.
He is a fantastic golfer. According to Kisner, I knew I had to give it my all, but I couldn’t get my putter to comply.