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Scheffler wins WGC Match Play to take World No 1 ranking

AUSTIN (AFP) – Scottie Scheffler powered to victory in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday to claim the world number one ranking from Spanish ace Jon Rahm.

In another milestone for Scheffler this year, the 25-year-old American eased past Kevin Kisner to complete a 4&3 victory at Austin Country Club.

Scheffler’s third PGA Tour victory of the year following wins at the Phoenix Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational saw him end Rahm’s 36-week reign at the top of golf’s global rankings.

“I really don’t know what to say,” an emotional Scheffler said afterwards. “I’m just really pleased.

“It’s a tough week, a long week. I figured out my routine to keep some energy. But I’m pretty worn out right now to be honest.

“It’s a dream come true to play in front of my hometown fans here, going to school here. I have some good memories on this golf course, coming out to watch this tournament.

“I’m pleased to be playing in it, and even more happy to win it.”

Victory could not have been sweeter for Scheffler, the fifth seed who defeated former world number one Dustin Johnson in the semi-finals earlier on Sunday and also eliminated defending champion Billy Horschel in the last 16 on Saturday.

Against the 29th seeded Kisner in Sunday’s final, Scheffler took control early on, going three up after six holes and playing flawlessly thereafter to retain his advantage.

Scottie Scheffler poses with the Walter Hagen Cup. PHOTO: AFP