Monster putt helps Leishman end five-year title drought

Sports | Mar 21, 2017
Australia's Marc Leishman sank a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole and held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

One-putting the last four holes at Bay Hill, Leishman surged late to claim his first US PGA Tour win since 2012. "It just all came together," he said. "It was just an unbelievable day."

Leishman, 33, fired a final-round three-under par 69 to stand on 11-under 277 for 72 holes at the famed Orlando, Florida, layout in the first event since the death of Palmer, who had hosted the event annually.

Americans Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, co-leaders entering the final round, each fired 73s to share second on 278 with Northern Ireland's McIlroy and England's Tyrell Hatton sharing fourth on 279.

A closing three-putt bogey ended McIlroy's title bid in what became a four-man shootout down the final holes.

"Around here things can change so quick," said Leishman, whose first victory in front of his family qualified him for the Masters in three weeks' time at Augusta.

He jumped into the lead at the par- 5 16th when he reached the green in two then sank his eagle stunner. Leishman scrambled for par in the final two holes.


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