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DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY

Watson dominates Kisner in finals

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Bubba Watson made the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play look as though he were on vacation all along.

Watson won his second World Golf Championships title Sunday with the biggest blowout since the championship matched switched to 18 holes in 2011, a 7-and-6 victory over Kevin Kisner.

Watson wasn’t as sharp as he was in the semifinals against Justin Thomas, whom he beat in 16 holes to deny Thomas going to No. 1 in the world ranking. He didn’t have to be in the final. If not for missing a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 sixth, Watson would have won the first seven holes.

Kisner had a lot to do with that. After escaping in 19 holes against Alex Noren in his semifinal match, Kisner didn’t put up much of a fight. He made four straight bogeys and only twice on the front nine was putting for birdie.

Watson had scheduled a family vacation out of the country on Sunday, which he had to postpone. Watson figured he hardly ever makes it this far in golf’s most fickle format, so it was a good problem to have.

Watson never trailed in the 28 holes he played Sunday, and he was never seriously threatened.

PGA TOUR

Garnett handles wind, rain for first victory

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Brice Garnett completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship for his first title.

Two strokes ahead after three late wind-blown bogeys Saturday, Garnett closed with a 2-under 70 in windy and rainy conditions for a four-stroke victory over Keith Mitchell.

The 34-year-old Garnett, a two-time winner last year on the Web.com Tour, finished at 18-under 270.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Stricker notches second consecutive victory

BILOXI, MISS.

Steve Stricker pulled away on the back nine at Fallen Oak to win the Rapiscan Systems Classic for his second straight victory.

The 51-year-old Stricker closed with a 4-under 68, birdieing all four par-5 holes on the Tom Fazio-designed layout with big and fast greens. He finished at 11-under 205 for a three-stroke victory over Billy Andrade.

Stricker won the Cologuard Classic three weeks ago in Tucson, Ariz., for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He tied for 12th the following week in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship, opposite the senior event in California that Vijay Singh won for his first senior title.

Stricker played the front nine in 1 under, with birdies on the par-5 first and sixth and a bogey on the par-4 fourth.

Associated Press

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