Marc Leishman Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational With Shot of the Day

Marc Leishman

Wow! What a final round at Bay Hill on Sunday.

Marc Leishman could not have been more cold-blooded down the stretch of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After starting the final day in third, Leishman made his move on No. 16 when everything was still up for grabs. He drained a 50-foot putt for eagle!

That massive putt broke the tie and gave him the lead for good. He finished with a 69 for the day and an 11-under 277 for the tournament.

This is how you win.

Leishman did have to fight for par on the final two holes, but he succeeded where Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman came up short, beating them by one shot to capture the first Arnold Palmer Invitational title since The King’s passing last year.

“You see guys win and [Palmer’s] waiting there on the back of the green,” said Leishman. “And to not have that is obviously very sad, but to win here is just a dream come true.”

“Mr. Palmer was an awesome guy who I was lucky enough to meet a few times. To honor him was huge. And it was the first time I won a tournament with my family here. It’s all come together.”

Leishman received a red cardigan to symbolize both Arnie and his victory, as he shared the moment with his family. He also punched his ticket to The Masters next month with this win, the second PGA Tour victory of his career.

Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman both finished with a 73 in the final round. Kisner had a rough back nine where he got two of his three bogeys when the pressure was really at full tilt. Hoffman had a really peculiar day with five bogeys and four birdies. He fought and stayed in it until the end, but both he and Kisner came up just shy of the win.

Rory McIlroy really made a fantastic run on Saturday and Sunday, even tying for the lead very late on Sunday. But he fell just short as well by two shots.

Leishman’s eagle on the 16th really was the difference.


Written by BP Staff

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