By Jay Betsill
Bubba Watson dominated Sunday at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club to capture his second victory of the PGA Tour’s wraparound season.
Watson dispatched Justin Thomas 3-and-2 in the semifinal round, a match that had Thomas won, he would have moved to the top spot in the world rankings.
The final match pitted Watson against last year’s Fort Worth Invitational champion Kevin Kisner and it was clear from the outset that this day belonged to the man known as “Bubba from Bagdad, Florida.”
Kisner survived his semifinal match against Alex Noren that went 19 holes, only to find himself three down on the front nine before eventually falling to Watson, 7-and-6.
“It’s crazy to think about it,” Watson said. “I’ve got two World Golf Championships and two majors. It’s unbelievable to think about that, giving my mom a hug, 6 years old, having one golf club for a year, no lessons. I can sit here and make up stories all day, but it’s absolutely remarkable that I’m able to lift a trophy like this.”
Watson’s victory adds another level of intrigue to next month’s Masters as Watson, a two-time winner at Augusta National adds his name to the storylines that already include the resurgence of past winners Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and the young guns Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
Watson won $1.7 million for his 11th career victory on the PGA Tour.
Former Dallas Cowboys and current NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo made his PGA Tour debut this week at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.
After an opening round 5-over 77, Romo fired an 82 in the second round to finish 15-over for the first two rounds and miss the cut by 16 shots.
Brice Garnett won the event with a score of 18-under.