World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play
March 25-28, 2021
Location & Course Information
Austin Country Club
The current course at Austin Country Club was built on new property in 1984 and designed by Pete Dye. As configured for the tournament, a stretch of holes on the back nine is in the “lowlands” close to Lake Austin, while the rest of the course is on higher ground. Yardage: 7,108; par 71.
Notable Course Features
The signature hole is the par-5 12th, which plays downhill to a green that sits hard by Lake Austin. It’s reachable in two strokes, but water awaits an errant shot, making it an excellent risk/reward hole
for match play.
(No event in 2020)
Kevin Kisner, U.S.
Field: 64 players
Format: 18-hole match play, with four-player pool play preceding single-elimination match play
Purse: $10.5 million
Winner’s Share: $1,790,000
550 to the winner
The tournament has generated more than $4.3 million for Austin-based charitable organizations in the four years since it moved to Austin. The primary benefiting charities are The First Tee of Greater Austin and
Dell Children’s Hospital.
“A lot of golf and a lot of stressful holes and stressful putts, and I was able to prevail.” — Kevin Kisner
HOW KEVIN KISNER WON
After losing in the 2018 final to fellow Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner reached the final again and this time prevailed over Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2.
Kisner lost his first match of the week in pool play to Ian Poulter, but after winning his next two matches, won a playoff to be among the 16 qualifiers for the single-elimination portion of the event. On Saturday, he rolled past Haotong Li, 6 and 5, and topped Louis Oosthuizen, 2 and 1.
In Sunday morning’s semifinal, Kisner had a 2-up lead but Francesco Molinari won the 16th and 17th to square the match. Molinari then three-putted for a bogey on No. 18 to allow Kisner to advance to the final.
Kuchar defeated Lucas Bjerregaard, 1 up, in the other semifinal (Bjerregaard had eliminated Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals). Kisner jumped ahead in the final with a birdie on the first hole and led all the way, with Kuchar not playing his best. Kisner closed it out with a birdie on 16.
After Kisner and Poulter both went 2-1-0 in pool play, Kisner advanced with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.
Kisner and Kuchar also met in the fourth round in 2018, with Kisner winning, 1 up.
CHECK THIS OUT
Kevin Kisner was the fifth player to reach the championship match in back-to-back years, joining Tiger Woods (2003-04), Geoff Ogilvy (2006-07), Paul Casey (2009-10) and Hunter Mahan (2012-13).
Kisner became the first player to lose the championship match one year and win it the following year.
Kisner’s victory was the third consecutive win by an American, the longest such streak since Americans won five in a row from 2001-05.
At age 40, runner-up Matt Kuchar fell just short in his bid to become the oldest winner of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
It was Kuchar’s second finals appearance; he won the title in 2013 over Mahan.