Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland romps home to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.
API Winner Rory
Rory saved his best round till last -8 under par 64 wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at -18 under par his first victory since the Tour Championship on September. 25th, 2016, the day Arnold died;
“I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him, but I’m so happy to put my name on that trophy.”
“I’ve seen Tiger make that enough times to know what it does, so I just wanted to try and emulate that.”
“Didn’t quite give it the hat toss, I was thinking about doing it.”
“But just to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.”
“Hopefully he’s proud of me with the way I played on the back nine and tried to be as aggressive as I could and tried to take on shots when I needed to, just like he would have.”
Bryson DeChambeau, USA, was second at -15 under par, -4 under 68 in the last round was never going to be enough to win;
“I thought fifteen under for sure would win today.”
“Rory obviously played some incredible golf. I don’t know what he did on the last nine, but it was deep. I know that.”
Justin Rose, England, claimed third spot at -14 under par with a final round -5 under 67 and could only watch and wonder as Rory rolled in putt after putt;
“Rory played incredible golf and it was fun, great to see world class players do that.”
“It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me.”
“But when he is making putts, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”
Long time leader Henrik Stenson, Sweden, could only manage a -1 under 71 today, finishing in fourth spot at -13 under par.
Tied in fifth were Tiger Woods, -3 under 69 today and Ryan Moore, -1 under 71, both players at -10 under par, and both from the USA.