Jason Day became only the fourth player to go wire-to-wire at Bay Hill with a final-round 70 for a one-stroke win over Kevin Chappell.
Of course, Woods was the last player to win here wire to wire when he did it in 2002. But Tiger shared the lead after the first round. In the eight times he won this event, he never held the outright lead for all four rounds, like Day just did.
“I never knew that, and I will text him that tonight,” Day said with a smile. “You know, regardless if you win wire to wire or you win pretty or you win ugly, a win is a win. It’s a great feeling and nothing beats winning.
Kevin Chappell stood over a 21-foot par putt on the 18th green that would have gotten him into the clubhouse with the lead at Bay Hill.
And then he heard a roar from the par-3 17th.
“I guess Jason made birdie,” Chappell said, “and it was right before I putted … and I mean, being honest, it kind of had me rattled a little bit.”
From the second it left the putter face, Chappell’s slippery left-to-right putt never had a chance. He left it four and a half feet short.
“I hit such a poor first putt,” he conceded.
Chappell tapped in for bogey, a round of 3-under 69, and what would turn out to be his fourth career runner-up finish in his 150th PGA Tour start and his second runner-up this season.
Another year, another near-miss for Henrik Stenson at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Stenson has been a mainstay on Bay Hill leaderboards for the past four years, and he once again had a chance Sunday to claim an elusive title. Beginning the final round two shots behind Jason Day, the Swede grabbed a share of the lead with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13.
But he dropped a shot on the very next hole, and his title chances ended at the par-5 16th. After hitting 3-wood off the tee as he had all week, Stenson tugged his 4-iron approach into the water, leading to a costly bogey.
After a 1-under 71, he finished in a tie for third, three shots behind Day, and remains winless overall since 2014.
“It wasn’t to be today,” Stenson said. “I feel like both yesterday and today, I came up on the wrong side on one or two times with small margins. It’s a game of small margins.”
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Rory McIlroy had another frustrating week, although he did finish on a high carding a -7 (65) in the final round including a double bogey. Rory is the defending champion at this weeks WGC-Dell Matchplay and many are tipping Rory for victory. Coverage of the WGC-Dell Matchplay starts on Wednesday as this is a 5 day event.
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Sources: Golf Channel, Skysports, PGA Tour