Horschel defeats Scheffler in ineffective final

The American earned him the birdie achieved on par 4 of hole 5 to surpass his compatriot and proclaim himself champion of the Dell Technologies Match Play.

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American golfer Billy Horschel was the least bad in the grand final of the Dell Technologies Match Play tournament, of the PGA Tour, within the group mode, and despite making a single birdie on the course, he beat his compatriot Scottie this Sunday Scheffler to be the champion.

In what was the longest week on the PGA Tour, Horschel and Scheffler, who in the semifinals had beaten Frenchman Victor Perez and American Matt Kuchar, respectively, did not have their best inspiration in the tournament title match they handed out. $ 10.5 million (€ 8.9 million) in prizes.

But it would be Horschel who contributed a little more success with the birdie he got on par 4 of hole 5 that made the difference in the final score.

Horschel, 32 in the world rankings, hit with a putt from just over 12 meters and won the game with 2 up and without having to play the last hole.

Scheffler, 24, number 30 in the world, was his worst enemy in the decisive round, after beating Kuchar in the semifinals, who finished third by winning the consolation match against Pérez.

Horschel, who had never made it to the weekend in four previous appearances at this World Golf Championship, won six of the seven games over 122 holes he played at Austin Country Club. Won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour and his fifth individual title.

"It was one of those days where I didn't play very well," admitted Horschel, still able to smile at the result. "I was just trying not to make too many mistakes."While for Scheffler, a Texas graduate who had to beat three former Match Play champions and two top-10 players in the world to reach the championship game, a brilliant streak ended.

He had the support of the fans present at the Austin Country Club who constantly encouraged him to stay in the game and regain his best feelings.

Scheffler hit a tee shot on par 5 of the sixth hole forcing him to take a penalized shot away from the boundary fence.

Then he approached at par 5 of 12 in the water. He hitched another drive from the two-story hospitality tent to the left of Fifteenth Street.

Nothing favored him, but despite everything, he managed to stay in the game, although in the end he could not complete a week that would have been a dream.Kuchar, who beat Perez, the surprise of the week, trying to tie Tiger Woods' record with a fourth appearance in the championship game, failed to putt more than a meter in his loss to Scheffler in the semifinal.

Pérez was not much better. He lost three holes in the last nine to Horschel by bogeying or worse.

The wind had a lot to do with it, with gusts blowing through the trees in the morning and continuing to cause problems in the afternoon. The championship game did not feature a birdie from Horschel's chip-in on the fifth hole.

Scheffler, who made 15 birdies on 31 holes to beat Ian Poulter and Spaniard Jon Rahm, in the quarterfinal on Saturday, had just four birdies in his two games on Sunday.

"I didn't have my best performance in the decisive moments on Sunday," admitted Scheffler. "It is true that the weather conditions with the strong wind did not favor, but I did not have my best inspiration in the decisive blows".

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