WGC-Dell Match Play 2021: Billy Horschel Defeats Scottie Scheffler to Earn Win

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 28, 2021

Billy Horschel hits his drive on the 17th tee during the final round of the Dell Technologies Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Billy Horschel came out on top of the original field of 64 with a 2 and 1 victory over Scottie Scheffler in the final of the WGC-Dell Match Play on Sunday. 

The win was Horschel's sixth on the PGA Tour and his first World Golf Championship. 

Horschel came into this tournament 0-of-4 in advancing to the weekend rounds in Match Play, while Scheffler, the 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, was in his first appearance overall. 

Scheffler grabbed a 1-up lead over Horschel early, but Horschel came back to tie it and built his lead to 2-up by the halfway point. 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play @DellMatchPlay

We see you, @BillyHo_Golf. 👏 A chip-in for birdie and we’re all tied up. https://t.co/4x9Vo2fN1h


This par save from Scottie Scheffler. 🤯 He stays tied with Billy Horschel thru 6. #QuickHits https://t.co/p0F0maLXg8


That lead held all the way to the end, with both players matching pars on every hole, save for bogeys on No. 12. 

Scheffler reached the finals by recording a 1-up victory over Matt Kuchar in the semifinals after Kuchar missed a putt that would have otherwise sent the match to a playoff. 


Matt Kuchar had a chance to force a playoff in the semis ... Scottie Scheffler moves on to face @BillyHo_Golf for the @DellMatchPlay Championship. #QuickHits https://t.co/MIYhtwrbFz


Instead, Kuchar headed to a third-place match against France's Victor Perez, who fell 3 and 2 to Horschel in the semifinals. 


The clinching birdie. 🐦 @BillyHo_Golf is on to the @DellMatchPlay Championship for the first time in his career. 👏 https://t.co/ryBDi2hw2k



Kuchar held the lead heading into the back nine after he and Perez spent most of the front tied. He reclaimed the 1-up lead on No. 8 and continued to build heading into the second half of play, hitting three consecutive birdies to move to 4-up. 

Perez cut the lead in half when he managed a pair of birdies on Nos. 13 and 14, but he couldn't get the edge heading into the end, with both players matching pars for Kuchar to claim the 2 and 1 victory for third place and his 34th win at Dell Match Play, which ranks second-most all-time. 


Final Leaderboard and Prize Money Payouts

Winner: Billy Horschel $1,820,000

2: Scottie Scheffler $1,150,000

3: Matt Kuchar $740,000

4: Victor Perez $600,000

Quarterfinals (T-5)

Tommy Fleetwood, $337,000

Sergio Garcia, $337,000

Jon Rahm, $337,000

Brian Harman, $337,000

Round of 16 (T-9)

Dylan Frittelli, $189,000

Kevin Streelman, $189,000

Mackenzie Hughes, $189,000

Robert MacIntyre, $189,000

Ian Poulter, $189,000

Erik von Rooyen, $189,000

Bubba Watson, $189,000

Jordan Spieth, $189,000

Payouts via Golf Digest