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Mar 27th, 2023

Sam Burns wins the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

As Scheffler and McIlroy both lose in the semi-finals

Sam Burns romped to victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play with eight birdies on his final ten holes. Burns defeated Cameron Young, who had dramatically beaten Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals, by 6&5.

Burns had his own battle to get past defending champion Scottie Scheffler in the semi-final that also went to extra holes. Scheffler missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole and Burns took advantage of his reprieve, making birdie at the 21st hole to advance to the final.
Young led early on in the championship match but Burns turned on the afterburners and was unstoppable, winning five of the next six holes. Young was complicit in his downfall as after he had holed a 20-foot birdie putt to halve the 11th hole, he proceeded to find the water on each of the next two holes.
"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 defeated Scheffler, 2 and 1, in the consolation match after the two surprise semi-final exits had deprived the event of a showcase final.
The man from Northern Ireland had been two up with three to play and one up starting the 18th in his match with Cameron Young. However, Young holed a clutch birdie putt on the 18th to take the match to extra holes and birdied the 19th to claim victory.

"A tonne of positives to take away," said McIlroy. "Scottie and I are both disappointed we lost our matches this morning.
Burns picked up the winner's cheque of $3.5 million from the $20 million purse. Young, who has six runner-up finishes in the last two seasons, took home $2.2 million.

TAGS: PGA Tour, WGC Dell Matchplay, Sam Burns, Cameron Young, Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, 2023