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Burns wins as McIlroy suffers dramatic defeat

2 April, 2023
Sam Burns
Sam Burns

American Sam Burns won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship after Rory McIlroy suffered a dramatic semi-final defeat earlier on Sunday.

McIlroy was beaten by American Cameron Young in a sudden-death extra hole, having been two up with three to play and one up starting the 18th in Texas.

Young levelled with a pressure putt on the 18th and then clinched the match with birdie on the first extra hole.

But the 15th seed was easily beaten 6&5 by compatriot Burns in the final. Thirteenth seed Burns, 26, upset world number one Scottie Scheffler in a similarly tight semi-final which required three additional holes.

Against Young he fell one down on the second but dominated the match afterwards with a run of eight birdies in 10 holes from the fourth.

Young found the water on 12 and 13 as he aggressively looked to reduce his deficit before the pair shook hands on the 13th green.

“What a week,” said Burns, who sealed his fifth win on the PGA Tour. “I am so tired.

“He didn’t play best stuff but it was a great match. I felt like I found something at the end of my match with Scottie.”

McIlroy recovered by beating Scheffler 2&1 in third-place play-off.

“A tonne of positives to take away,” said McIlroy, who is playing with a new putter and driver shaft. “Scottie and I are both disappointed we lost our matches this morning. “If you had have told me I’d make it to the Sunday of the match play last week I’d have taken that.” (BBC sport)