Update with Luke 27/3/18

Update with Luke 27/3/18

Bubba Watson ended up taking home the World Golf Championship matchplay trophy by beating Kevin Kisner with a very one sided final in which he won 7&6 for the biggest winning margin for 10 years. On route he beat World number 2 Justin Thomas in the semi final, Thomas was then beaten by Alex Noren in the consolation match by 5&3.  

It was a unusual championships as it saw many of the big names fall at the first hurdle. Number 1 seed and defending champion, Dustin Johnson, crashed out very early on after losing his first two games leaving him with no hopes of qualifying.
Runner up last year and world number 3, Jon Rahm, crashed out in the first round as he was beaten in both his first two matches as well.  

Others big names such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama fell victim to the tough format.

However, there was some very good golf played, non more so than Matt Kuchar who got a hole in one in his match against Ross Fisher as he cruised to a 6&4 victory.
Sergio Garcia did well to advance to the last 16 with an unbeaten group stage but found himself out of the competition when he was beaten by Kyle Stanley.

It was joy to sadness for Ian Poulter who put together some great golf and found himself getting into the last 8 of the matchplays and put himself on the verge of qualifying for The Masters next week. Ian was told in no uncertain terms that he had qualified and that he was 100% going to take part in the first major of the year. Although this was not the case and he was told (10 minutes before he last 8 match) by the european tour that he had missed out as he finished 51st in the rankings, one place outside what he needed.

Ian has one opportunity left to progress to the Masters but that would require a win next week and nothing less.  

 

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