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CHECK THIS OUT  Kevin Kisner was the fifth player to reach the championship match in back-to-back years, joining Tiger Woods (2003-04), Geoff Ogilvy (2006-07), Paul Casey (2009-10) and Hunter Mahan (2012-13).  Kisner became the first player to lose the championship match one year and win it the following year.

 Kisner’s victory was the third consecutive win by an American, the longest such streak since Americans won five in a row from 2001-05.  At age 40, runner-up Matt Kuchar fell just short in his bid to become the oldest winner of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.  It was Kuchar’s second finals appearance; he won the title in 2013 over Mahan.

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HOW KEVIN KISNER WON After losing in the 2018 final to fellow Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner reached the final again and this time prevailed over Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2. Kisner lost his first match of the week in pool play to Ian Poulter, but after winning his next two matches, won a playoff to be among the 16 qualifiers for the single-elimination portion of the event. On Saturday, he rolled past Haotong Li, 6 and 5, and topped Louis Oosthuizen, 2 and 1. In Sunday morning’s semifinal, Kisner had a 2-up lead but Francesco Molinari won the 16th and 17th to square the match. Molinari then three-putted for a bogey on No. 18 to allow Kisner to advance to the final. Kuchar defeated Lucas Bjerregaard, 1 up, in the other semifinal (Bjerregaard had eliminated Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals). Kisner jumped ahead in the final with a birdie on the first hole and led all the way, with Kuchar not playing his best. Kisner closed it out with a birdie on 16.  After Kisner and Poulter both went 2-1-0 in pool play, Kisner advanced with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.  Kisner and Kuchar also met in the fourth round in 2018, with Kisner winning, 1 up. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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Player

Pos

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Kevin Kisner

1

550

$1,745,000

Matt Kuchar

2

315

$1,095,000

Francesco Molinari

3

200

$712,000

Lucas Bjerregaard

4

$574,000 Matt Kuchar, aiming for his second WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title, plays a shot into the sixth hole in the final against Kevin Kisner.

Kevin Kisner’s hard-earned victory over Matt Kuchar at Austin Country Club delivered his first World Golf Championships title.

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