Match recaps: Semifinals at 2018 WGC-Dell Match Play

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Match recaps: Semifinals at 2018 WGC-Dell Match Play

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Match recaps: Semifinals at 2018 WGC-Dell Match Play

Here are the recaps for the semifinals matches at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club:

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Bubba Watson def. Justin Thomas, 3 and 2

Justin Thomas will have to wait to be World No. 1. If Thomas could’ve won this match, he would ascend to the top. But Watson denied him. Bubba won the opening hole with a birdie, and led the entire match. A birdie-eagle run at Nos. 5-6 put him well in front, as he was 3 up after draining a 25-footer for eagle at the sixth. Thomas won Nos. 7 and 9 to move just 1 down, but Watson won the 10th with a birdie to push back 2 up. Thomas hit his second shot in the water at the par-5 12th, allowing Watson to win the hole with par. Watson remained 3 up after halves at Nos. 13-15. Watson had 3 feet for birdie at No. 16 while Thomas was faced with a 22-footer. Thomas had to drain his birdie putt to have any chance, and he did. But Watson then cleaned up for birdie to halve the hole and seal a 3-and-2 win. He’s now onto the final.

Kevin Kisner def. Alex Noren, 19 holes

This one was certainly a battle. Kisner won the opening hole and remained in front during a blistering stretch. The pair halved four straight holes in birdies from Nos. 3-6. The streak was broken when Noren won the seventh with, what else, a birdie to square the match. Noren captured the eighth as well to move 1 up. But Kisner buried a 50-footer for eagle at the par-5 12th to square the match. They halved the next five holes and then on the 18th, Noren had a 7-footer for birdie to win the hole and the match. But the putt missed to the right, and we were on to a playoff. The pair went to the par-5 12th for the first extra hole, where both were just in front of the green in two. But Noren, inexplicably, saw his putt roll some 11 feet left of the cup and couldn’t make the birdie comebacker. Kisner got his eagle effort to about 5 feet. He drained the birdie putt to advance to the final. Noren’s loss means no player will finish this week undefeated and untied in matches, as Watson and Kisner are both 5-0-1. Whatever the case, the final is set. Noren and Thomas will face off in the third-place match.

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