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Final score as Kevin Kisner defeated fellow American Matt Kuchar in the scheduled 18-hole final Sunday at the WGC Match Play at Austin (Texas) Country Club. Kisner never trailed in the match as he earned his first World Golf Championships title and his third career victory on the PGA Tour. Kisner, 35, becomes the first player to lose his opening match – to Ian Poulter, 2 up – and go on to win the tournament. He avenged a loss in last year’s final against Bubba Watson (results).
Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for Graeme McDowell, who won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. McDowell, 39, a Northern Irishman and the 2010 U.S. Open champion, had not won on Tour since the 2016 Mayakoba Golf Classic. He closed with a 3-under 69 at Corales Golf Club at the Puntacana Resort and posted an 18-under 270 total. American Chris Stroud bogeyed the last two holes for 69 and slipped into a share of second place with Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes (66) at 17-under 271 (scores).
Number of sudden-death playoff holes on which Scott Parel and Kevin Sutherland tied before darkness suspended play at the Champions Tour’s Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, Miss. Parel birdied three of his final six holes to shoot 3-under 69 in the final round to tie Sutherland, who struggled with a 3-over 75, at 7-under 209 after 54 holes. They will return to the par-4 18th hole this morning. Parel, 53, recorded his first two Champions Tour victories last season. Sutherland, 54, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, is seeking his second victory on the 50-and-older tour (scores).
Score, a quadruple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole, that Stephen Gallacher shook off as he rallied to win the Hero Indian Open, which was jointly sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. Gallacher, 44, of Scotland, who overcame a three-stroke deficit entering the final round, played his final 11 holes in 5 under to shoot 1-under 71 for a 9-under 279 total and one-stroke victory at DLF Golf and Country Club. It was Gallacher’s fourth career victory on the European Tour (scores).
Number of strokes under par that Japan’s Nasa Hataoka finished to win the LPGA’s Kia Classic. Hataoka, 20, closed with a 5-under 67 for a 270 total and three-stroke victory at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. It was the third LPGA victory for Hataoka, who won twice last year. American Danielle Kang was among a group of five tied for second at 15-under 273 (scores).
Number of career starts on the developmental Web.com Tour before American Dan McCarthy posted his first victory. McCarthy shot a final-round 3-under 69 for a 16-under total and one-stroke victory in the Savannah Golf Championship at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course in Savannah, Ga. McCarthy, 33, in his third season on the Web.com Tour, won four times in Canada on the 2016 Mackenzie Tour to lead the tour’s money list and earn a promotion to the Web.com Tour (scores).
Winning score, which was 4 under for 54 holes, for American Jillian Hollis in the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship in Beaumont, Calif. Hollis, 22, a second-year pro who played college golf at Georgia, was 5 over through 11 holes of the final round before she birdied the par-3 15th and eagled the par-5 16th hole to salvage a 3-over 74 and one-stroke victory at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. It was her 15th start as a professional on the developmental tour. Co-runners-up Julieta Granada of Paraguay and Amy Lee of the U.S. bogeyed the par-4 18th (scores).