And so the kid wasn’t about to miss out Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, even though the end result was still in doubt.
Fitzpatrick, though, struggled for consistency, as he dropped shots on the first, third and eighth holes, with two birdies seeing him through the back nine at 37, one over for the day at seven under.
Leishman was short of the green with his second shot at 18, but pitched the ball three feet from the cup and tapped in the tense par putt to reach the clubhouse one ahead of Kisner.
It was another Australian who claimed the title, with Marc Leishman booking an 11th-hour Masters berth with a one-shot victory. He finished 72 holes at 7-under 281. Day finished 24th in the field in strokes gained putting, which is good, but it’s not quite up to Day’s (recent) expectations. “It could have gone the other way”. I want to do it well, but it makes it less important.
“But I feel like all year it’s been really close and I just haven’t played how I wanted to on Sundays”.
He commented: “It’s always hard, but we all try to peak for the first week in April at Augusta, and I certainly seem to be trending in the right direction at the moment”.
He said there was nothing about the golf part of it that he’d have done differently on Saturday. I thought I really needed to try and hole it.
“I missed it for various reasons at the start of my career, scheduling and playing a little bit more in Europe, but I’ve made a conscious effort, especially over the last few years”, said McIlroy.
Two of the most hard par fours at Arnie’s course at Bay Hill are the 9th and 15th but not when you hit two arrow-straight drives measuring – wait for it – 381 yards and 373 yards respectively.
The two-time major champion finished the tournament tied for 66th place at 6-over par. But here’s the good news: It was the third consecutive event in which he played three of four rounds very well. The former World Number 1 will take a great deal of confidence into next week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
He was so angry that Grillo tossed his club into the nearby lake.
Stenson ran into some serious troubles on the 11th hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitaitonal at Bay Hill. He has easily been the most improved player so far this season and was unfortunate not to have a hole-in-one when his tee shot hit the flat at 17.
“You can see how everybody is carrying his name, wearing the umbrella, trying to emulate him”, Grillo said. “Hopefully I can be in with a shout and then if I get off to a fast start tomorrow, I can be right in there, so I just have to keep it going”.
“So I read it and I was over that putt and I actually remembered that I hit that putt, so I backed off, took another practice swing and adjusted my read”, he said.
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