Rory McIlroy loses the semifinal match, and Sam Burns wins the world match play championship.
As Rory McIlroy was eliminated in the thrilling semifinal match earlier on Sunday, Sam Burns of USA won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.
With three holes left to play and a two-hole lead going into the sudden-death extra hole in Texas, McIlroy was defeated by American Cameron Young.
Young tied the score with a pressure putt on the 18th hole, then won the match with a birdie on the opening hole of the extra hole.
However, in the final, fellow countryman Burns easily defeated the 15th seed, 6&5.
Wallace of England wins his first PGA Tour championship.
being the 13th seed In a similarly close semi-final that required three extra holes, Burns, 26, defeated world number one Scottie Scheffler.
He trailed Young by one after the second hole but took control of the match from there with a run of eight birdies in a row over the next 10 holes.
When the two shook hands on the 13th green, Young aggressively tried to cut his deficit but found the water on holes 12 and 13.
Burns, who achieved his sixth PGA Tour victory, remarked, “Amazing a week.” “I’m really exhausted.
“Despite not playing his best, it was a fantastic match. By the conclusion of my match with Scottie, I felt as though I had discovered something.”
In the third-place playoff, McIlroy bounced back by defeating Scheffler 2&1.
His good week comes despite semi-final defeat, 10 days before The Masters in Augusta get underway on April 6.
According to McIlroy, who is using a new putter and driver shaft, there are “a ton of positives to take away.” “We both regret losing our matches this morning, Scottie and I.
“I would have accepted it if you had informed me last week that I would make it to the Sunday of the match play.”
McIlroy and Scheffler suffered shocking losses
The two unexpected semi-final outcomes prevented the tournament from having the McIlroy-Scheffler final that many fans had been hoping for all week and for a good portion of their semi-finals.
Young beat McIlroy by making a birdie on the 16th hole and then tying the score with a successful seven-foot putt on the 18th.
As the two played the 12th hole a second time, Young’s errant tee shot came up near the edge of the bunker, but McIlroy’s did not. McIlroy then missed a putt from 10 feet after Young, who has never won on the PGA Tour, had made his.
After Scheffler’s good friend Burns made three birdies in the first three holes, he found himself three down. However, Scheffler answered by making four of his own in the next five holes, putting him two ahead by the tenth hole.
However, in a close match, 13th seed Burns once more evened the score on the 16th hole and took the lead with a flawless tee shot on the par-3 17th hole. However, reigning champion Scheffler tied the game with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Scheffler had won his previous 10 matches in the competition, but Burns’ 15-foot putt on the 21st hole proved to be the difference maker after they both scored birdies on the 19th and 20th holes.
That guaranteed him a spot in the championship game, where he earned one of his biggest wins ever.