Watson dominated Kevin Kisner from the opening tee box en route to a lopsided 7 and 6 victory in the finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday at Austin Country Club.
If he beats Watson on Sunday, Thomas will play in the afternoon for the crown against the victor of the other semi-final between Swede Alex Noren and American Kevin Kisner.
Kisner, the 32nd seed, seemed to run out of steam after going 19 holes in his morning semi-final against Alex Noren of Sweden. In the championship match, he won the first five holes against Kisner, who didn't make a birdie until the 11th hole. Thomas went only 13 holes for the second straight match in a 6-and-5 victory over Si Woo Kim. His mother was with him in the gallery on the weekend, and they shared a warm embrace after he made a 7-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to win the match.
In a final match that lacked any drama, Watson still managed to shed a few tears.
"I'm confident, obviously, having two wins", Watson said.
'I couldn't stop thinking about it, to be honest, and what it would mean, ' said the candid 24 year old American.
Leading up to the final, Kisner was approximately 21 under par. 'I turned 2 up through nine and just kept putting pressure on him. He duly achieved that, but just before heading out to face Kisner he was told that with the way other results had gone he now needed to reach the last four. Stricker has 12 PGA Tour victories and captained the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team previous year.
"There was a little bit of anger that we didn't win this morning, but we played for a lot of points this afternoon and I'm happy with the way I played", said Noren.
"I'm not a favorite, I'm definitely going to stay that", he said. "I've got two World Golf Championships, and two majors".
European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter once again demonstrated his penchant for match play with his second win, defeating United States 26th seed Daniel Berger 2 & 1.
We Know What We've Seen Here: DJ's record* drive. It is debatable, however, whether Kisner at his best would have been able to live with this inspired Watson performance.
With two wins under his belt this season and renewed confidence in his game, Watson is on form at the right time and could have a chance to slip on a third green jacket.
Bubba Watson was in high spirits for someone with such low expectations at the Dell Technologies Match Play. "I played solid and he didn't make any putts".
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped out on Friday, finishing last in the 132-man field in his PGA Tour debut.
Romo shot rounds of 77-82, finished 28 shots off the lead, 15 back of the cut line, and placed last by six shots.
Johnson began rolling a Spider featuring a "T-line" on the crown that helped him aim at the center of the hole on every putt during his win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.