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