Friday, 22 March, 2019

Molinari wins Arnold Palmer Invitational — Sunday's golf roundup

2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational scores, grades: Francesco Molinari wins with final-round 64 Molinari claims Palmer Invitational as McIlroy fades
Shannon Reynolds | 13 March, 2019, 02:25

"It feels good", said Harding, who had two top fives and three further top 20s from eight events coming into the event. Incredible to see it going in.

Fitzpatrick managed only two birdies, the same number as Rory McIlroy (72), who played in the final group for the third time in five starts this year without winning. "I think obviously confidence has to do a lot with it".

"I think it's been the best putting round ever in my career", Molinari said.

"I said this after I won the Open Championship a year ago: I didn't enjoy it that half an hour at all and I didn't enjoy [Sunday] at all watching the other guys". He had a round of one-under 71 to finish 10 under for the tournament.

Molinari's final putt gave him a two-shot lead over Fitzpatrick and a four-shot lead over McIlroy, Keith Mitchell, who was the clubhouse leader at 8-under, Sung Kang, who was on the 18th hole, Sungjae Im, who was on 16, Tommy Fleetwood, who was on 16, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who was on 14, Luke List, who was on 14, Aaron Baddeley, who was on 12, and Matt Wallace, who was on 12.

"I find it a lot more nerve-wracking sitting there than being out there playing", Molinari said.

In contrast, Molinari surged up the leaderboard on the final day with an eight under par round 64.

"I'm getting myself into contention every week, continue to do that, going into next week", he said.

Meanwhile, Victoria's Aaron Baddeley started the final day just two shots from the lead but faded with a 74. "It's high up there with the best wins I've ever had".

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Molinari bogey-free gem was 13 shots better than playing partner Billy Horschel, almost eight shots better than the field average and two shots better than anyone on Sunday. "That's the great thing about golf, you don't have to wait too long to get back on the horse".

The next step is a drive up I-95 to Ponte Vedra Beach to take his place at THE PLAYERS Championship.

With the firm fast greens again hard to hold at Bay Hill, Molinari, European Tour Golfer of the Year in 2018, holed from thick rough behind the green at the eighth for his fourth birdie of the day.

"THE PLAYERS next week is one of those weeks that you circle in the calendar at the beginning of the year", Molinari said.

And making putts ... and making putts.

No one got closer than two shots the whole time he was in the locker room watching the back nine, which was harder than he made his golf look.

Despite withdrawing from Bay Hill with a neck injury, Tiger Woods moved up one spot to No. 11 in the latest rankings as he gets set to make his competitive return this week at TPC Sawgrass.

The defending Champion Golfer of the Year took just 25 putts to get around, finishing the event ranked fourth in strokes gained putting.

He joins Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland with the most final rounds (four) of 64 or better on the PGA TOUR since the start of the 2016-17 season. "I mean, I go about doing my own stuff and minding my own business, it's not really bothering me, wherever they put me in the tee times, as long as it ends up like this". Between taking the lead in the driving range salute to his grandfather on Monday, and placing the red alpaca cardigan on to Molinari on Sunday, Saunders had to play golf.

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