The 2022 WGC Match Play - Highlights

Published on 03/14/2023 · 6 min readMissed the action down in Austin? Golf Expert Luke H. recaps all the exciting plays and shares what's in the winner's bag for the 2022 WGC Match Play Tournament.
Luke H., Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Luke H.

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The WGC Dell Technologies Match Play drew to a close Sunday afternoon with a new World No. 1 being crowned. Scottie Scheffler hoisted the cup after a victorious 4&3 win over Kevin Kisner in the finals. The 2022 WGC Match Play was hosted by the Austin Country Club as it has been since 2016. Scheffler even attended the tournament as a spectator while attending UT Austin!

It was a long, grueling week for the four players left on Sunday playing for the finals match and the third-place match, and Scottie Scheffler played the most holes of any golfer this week. To come out of the group-play bracket and make it into the knockout round, he was forced into a six-hole playoff with Matthew Fitzpatrick. Scottie ended up playing 120 holes for the week—nearly seven complete rounds of golf in five days times!

This is Scottie’s third win in his last five starts. He had gone 70 starts on the PGA Tour without a win, now with 75 starts under his belt he has three wins total. His meteoric rise over the past 12 months is pretty impressive, none more so than his newest title as World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. At 25 years old, he becomes one of the youngest ever to hold the title and is only the ninth American to capture this title as well. But more impressive to me is his level of humility, as can be seen here with his family celebration after clinching the tournament on the 15th green.

Teddy Scott, who famously caddied for Bubba Watson for years, has been on the bag for Scottie since the beginning of 2022 and has been a huge part of Scottie’s success this year. If you don’t follow Teddy on Instagram, you definitely should, he always makes hilarious content!

Tournament Recap

The tournament started Wednesday afternoon with group play—64 players were grouped into four-person groups. Instead of the tournament being decided on total score, this is a match-play event, meaning each hole is worth one point and the overall score doesn’t really matter! Have a blow-up hole and score a 7, birdie the next, and you are back to even with your opponent.

Each player in each group squared off the first three days of the tournament with only one golfer advancing to the knockout round of 16. Just like March Madness, the 16 players coming out of group play are seeded 1-16, based on a number of factors such as current world ranking, and then play head-to-head in a bracket-style tournament to decide the tournament champion.

The 16 players that came out of group play and the round of 16 matches were:

  • Takumi Kanaya vs. Corey Conners
  • Collin Morikawa vs. Abraham Ancer
  • Dustin Johnson vs. Richard Bland
  • Jon Rahm vs. Brooks Koepka
  • Scottie Scheffler vs. Billy Horschel
  • Séamus Power vs. Tyrell Hatton
  • Adam Scott vs. Kevin Kisner
  • Will Zalatoris vs. Kevin Na

The biggest surprises from the round of 16 came out of the Morikawa vs. Ancer match. Abraham Ancer dispatched the World No. 3 golfer with an outstanding round and beat him 7&6 (7 up with 6 holes to go). In a rematch of last year’s final, Scottie Scheffler got revenge on Billy Horschel and beat him 1 up in the round of 16 as well.

Another impressive feat accomplished in the round of 16 was Kevin Kisner’s victory over Adam Scott. Kisner was 3 holes down with 4 to play and then proceeded to birdie every hole starting on 15 and ending on 18 to claim a 1-up victory.

The quarterfinals were played Saturday afternoon, about an hour after the eight remaining players had finished their round of 16 matches. This tournament is as much about conditioning as it is about skill!

The Quarterfinal matches consisted of:

  • Abraham Ancer vs. Corey Conners
  • Brooks Koepka vs. Dustin Johnson
  • Seamus Power vs. Scottie Scheffler
  • Will Zalatoris vs. Kevin Kisner

Corey Conners from Canada has been playing some really great golf to start the season, and it was apparent in Saturday afternoon’s matchup with Abraham Ancer. Corey won 2 up on the 18th green, despite multiple birdies from Ancer. Kevin Kisner, who won this event in 2019 and finished second in this year’s event, never trailed in his match against Will Zalatoris. Kisner won the first hole with a birdie and never looked back—beating Zaltoris 4&3.

Slotting for the finals and the consolation (third-place match) was decided Sunday morning with the players contesting the semifinal match. Dustin Johnson was 5 down to Scottie Scheffler at one point in the semifinal match before winning holes 12-13-14-15 to come storming back to only 1 down. But ultimately, a timely birdie on 16 helped Scheffler maintain the momentum and close out the match against DJ. Kisner again played a closely contested match with Corey Conners but ultimately beat him out for a spot in the finals.

While Kevin Kisner is arguably one of the best match players on tour, he ran into a bit of a buzzsaw with Scottie Scheffler in Sunday afternoon’s finals match. Scheffler won the second hole of the match and proceeded to make three birdies in his first six holes and never trailed in the match. Kisner played great all week, but ultimately, I think Scheffler’s conditioning was a bit better and he ended up winning 4&3. Corey Conners continued his great play from the week and beat Dustin Johnson in the consolation match to finish third with a winning total of 3&1.

What’s in Scheffler’s Bag?

Shortly after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottie Scheffler inked a deal with Taylormade and became a Taylormade staff player. Before that, he had been using mostly Taylormade gear but as an equipment-free agent. Not much in his bag has changed since we looked at his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago.

  • Utility: Srixon Z U85 (20 Degree Loft), Nippon Pro Modus3 Tour Hybrid Tour X
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Timeless Tourtype GSS Prototype

The tour heads to TPC San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open this week, the final tune-up for the players before the year's first major and the unofficial start to golf season—The Masters! Stay tuned for additional major coverage, and of course, if you have any questions about any golf equipment or want to get geared up with the latest Taylormade technology like Scottie, don’t be afraid to ask me or any of our other Golf Experts here at Curated!

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