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World Golf Championships Dell Technologies Matchplay: Final

Billy Horschel has become the latest winner of the lucrative World Golf Championship match play tournament, defeating Scottie Scheffler in the final.

Semi Finals

Seedings in parentheses 

Billy Horschel (32) bt Victor Perez (31) 3 & 2

The front nine was a see-saw battle between the two players, which even witnessed a concession on the eighth hole by Horschel after he decided to take the scenic route to the green. However, the back nine was a different story. Perez bogeyed holes 10, 11 and 14, giving up a three hole lead to Horschel who made par on each of those. In a match that neither player set the course alight, Billy Horschel advanced, guaranteeing an all-American final. 

Scottie Scheffler (30) bt Matt Kuchar (52) 1 up

The second semi-final was a lot more competitive. Scheffler took the lead, Kuchar tied the game. Scheffler went two up, Kuchar won back-to-back holes and tied the game. In the end, the match was decided on the 17th hole when Kuchar missed a 13-inch birdie putt, allowing Scheffler to putt for birdie from 10-feet. An opportunity he didn’t waste. The drama wasn’t over yet, though. On the final hole Scheffler missed his birdie, giving Kuchar a second attempt from just under 13-feet to take the gap to a playoff. He missed again! 

3rd Place Match

Matt Kuchar (52) bt Victor Perez (31) 2 & 1

The scoreline is flattering for Perez, who was blown away by Matt Kuchar. Kuchar lead by one going into the back nine, then made eagle, birdie, birdie to take a four hole lead. Perez birdied 13 and 14 to half the deficit, which is as close as he got. 

Final

Billy Horschel (32) bt Scottie Scheffler (30) 2 & 1

Scottie Scheffler, as expected, took the lead early once again. He has played the first four holes well all tournament. However, Horschel had turned the match around putting himself two holes up by the end of the front nine. The back nine was a war of attrition between the pair of Americans. They matched each other shot-for-shot. In fact, both players made par on every hole apart from the par-5 12th, which they both decided to bogey.

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