Scheffler on top of the world after winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title

Scottie Scheffler became the new world number one after beating Dustin Johnson and Kevin Kisner claim the WGC-Dell Title Match Play Technologies.

Runner-up to Billy Horschel in last year’s event, Scheffler had to beat former champions in the semis and finals, but he quickly took the lead in both competitions and refused to relinquish control.

By winning his third PGA Tour title in just six weeks, the 25-year-old American will move from fifth to first in the standings, ending Spaniard Jon Rahm’s time atop the game.

Scheffler, the event’s youngest winner, said on Sky Sports: “I couldn’t be happier.

“Getting denied here in last year’s final was really tough and it would have been even worse to have to do this two years in a row, but I just kept my head down and kept playing. good golf.”

Dustin Johnson, a former world number one and Austin Country Club champion five years ago, stood his way to a second consecutive final, but Scheffler was third after four holes.

He was five strokes ahead after 11 but Johnson came back strong by taking the next four holes thanks to three birdies and an error from Scheffler, whose advantage was reduced to just one stroke.

Scheffler, however, kept his composure and drilled an approach from within 15 feet on 16 before wrapping up a 3-and-1 win shortly after and setting up a showdown against Kisner, who beat Corey Conners.

Scottie Scheffler has won three PGA Tour events in the past six weeks (Anthony Behar/PA)

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Kisner, who overcame defeat in the 2018 final to lift the trophy 12 months later, needed a full 18 holes to overcome his Canadian opponent, eventually winning by two strokes, but he was under pressure from the start. debut against Scheffler.

Scheffler, who needed a sixth play-off hole to beat Matt Fitzpatrick and reach the last 16, jumped ahead after the second hole and was two after four when he sank a 20-foot putt.

Scheffler extended his lead to three shots after six and closed the door on a comeback attempt from his fellow American by birdieing from a greenside bunker to level the 12th.

The lead was extended to four shots after Scheffler birdied a 16-foot putt on the 14th before wrapping up a comprehensive 4-and-3 triumph for his third victory in his last five starts.

In the third-place play-off, Conners won 3-1 against Johnson.

Scheffler on top of the world after winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title

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