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Kisner thrilled to seal Match Play glory 12 months after final woe

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 31: Kevin Kisner of the United States celebrates with the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Matt Kuchar of the United States 3&2 during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 31: Kevin Kisner of the United States celebrates with the Walter Hagen Cup after defeating Matt Kuchar of the United States 3&2 during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

By Robert Jones

A year after being thrashed in the final, Kevin Kisner enjoyed a far happier experience at Austin Country Club by beating Matt Kuchar to win the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title.

Kisner, who ended the 10-match winning run of Open champion Francesco Molinari in the semi-finals, beat Kuchar 3&2 to win his third PGA Tour title and the biggest of his career.

The 35-year-old was never behind in an error-strewn final but saved the best until last with a birdie on the par-five 16th to seal victory after Kuchar had left his eagle attempt from 20ft short.

Kisner, who lost 7&6 to Bubba Watson 12 months ago, said: "I'm relieved. I played great and did the things I needed to do to win and that's what you have to do in match play.

"I'm glad to come back after my performance last year and do a little better. I said to Roger (Maltbie, TV commentator) on the fifth fairway that we're doing a lot better - I was five down last year there.

"I didn't think Matt played his best, I don't think either of us did, but it's a long week and we were both grinding. I was lucky enough to hole a few more."

Molinari had earlier fought back from two down with three to play against Kisner with birdies on 16 and 17, only to lose the match by three-putting the 18th.

He said: "I just didn't quite play my best."

In the third/fourth place play-off, Ryder Cup star Molinari defeated Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard 4&2.

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