Kisner defeats Kuchar and claims Match Play crown

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Kisner & # 39; s last PGA Tour victory was at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in May 2017

American Kevin Kisner claimed his first WGC title with victory over countryman Matt Kuchar in the Match Play final.

The 35-year-old world number 50, who defeated Francesco Molinari in the semi-final, reconciled for last year's 7 & 6 defeat in the final by Bubba Watson.

Kuchar defeated Lucas Bjerregaard earlier in the day but only had two birdies in the final as Kisner scored a 3 & 2 victory for his third PGA Tour title.

Molinari defeated Tiger Woods & conqueror Bjerregaard 4 & 2 to take third place.

Kuchar was a down after 10 when his tee shot on the par-three 11th came up quite briefly and plummeted in the water.

The world number 24 then failed to go up and down from the right of the 15th to leave three behind.

From 250 yards on the par-five 16th he found the green with his second but left his eagle putt sho rt and Kisner played from a distance of 20 feet for a birdie to close the game.

Kisner had ended the 10-game winning match play run of Open champion Molinari in their semi-final encounter.

He was two after 15 holes and although the Italian won the next two with birdies, he bogeyde the last.

Danish rookie and world number 52 Bjerregaard, who beat Woods in the quarterfinals on Saturday, made only two birdies against Kuchar but was never more than a gap behind, with the American making a birdie on the 16th and one ended up.

Semi-final results:

M Kuchar (US) bt L Bjerregaard (Den) 1up

K Kisner (US) bt F Molinari (Ita) 1up

Playoff for third place:

F Molinari (It) bt L Bjerregaard (Den) 4 & 2

Final:

K Kisner (USA) bt M Kuchar (USA) 3 & 2

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