Watson’s timely return

Bubba Watson is back in time for a tilt at a third green jacket.

He won the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas yesterday and stamped his name emphatically on the list of players capable of winning the US Masters in two weeks’ time.

Watson ended a long week ironically with his easiest match, a lop-sided 7&6 victory over fellow American Kevin Kisner at Austin Country Club. The result was not in doubt after Watson won six of the first seven holes against a weary Kisner en route to his second victory of the season, the 11th of his PGA Tour career

Watson, the 35th seed, said mental focus, not always his strong point, had been the key to his victory.

“To win you have to stay focused and stay committed to what you’re doing, keep battling and keep battling until they say you’re done and you won,” he said at the trophy presentation.

“I got off to a hot start and just focused on golf, committing to the shots.

“(There were) about four or five shots for the week where I wasn’t committed, where I blanked out. That’s pretty good over a hundred and something holes.”

Kisner, the 32nd seed, ran out of steam after going 19 holes in his morning semi-final against Alex Noren of Sweden.

“It was just one of those deals,” said Kisner. “I guess I need to figure out what happened this afternoon and work on that.”

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