Rory Dominates, Fires Final Round 64 at Arnold Palmer Invitational PDF Print E-mail


March 18, 8:07 pm est

Rory celebrates at Bayhill after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Windermere, Florida - Sometimes it all clicks at once, for Rory McIlroy

this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it was the perfect storm.

(Full disclosure - last week I actually picked Rory in my Fantasy Golf

League after speaking with him at Innisbrook during his pre-tournament

press conference at the Valspar Championship, he just seemed primed

to win. As it turns out, I was a week early on my prognostication, but

honestly, I saw a breakthrough coming.) After birdieing 5 of the last 6

holes, McIlroy's final round 64 was good enough for a 3 shot margin of

victory at 18 under par on The King's firm and fast Bayhill layout.


It was a week where Rory, (who last won on the PGA Tour at East Lake

on Sept.25th, 2016 - the same day that Arnold Palmer passed away),

led the field in virtually every statistical category including putting. When

McIlroy drained his putt for birdie at the last, it was his 100th putt of

the week, by far his best putting performance total of his career. Just

last week in Jupiter at the Bear's Club, McIlroy worked with Brad Faxon

on the mental side of putting. Faxon suggested he be more reactionary

and not to get caught up in being so precise. As McIlroy said "It was

more of a realization that I don't need to be so perfect to make putts.

Hopefully this is the kick-start of something special."


"Honestly I thought if I shot 67, I would have had a good chance, and that

obviously would have been nearly good enough," McIlroy said. "I went out

with the mindset of being patient, I was even par thru 5 holes and four

behind Henrik at that point. I hit it into the bunker off the tee on 6, then

from there I played a perfect round of golf - I basically gave myself birdie

chances on every hole. I executed shots the way I wanted to when I needed

to, shooting 64 in those conditions out there with it being firm and fast,

to get in the winners circle again - it feels really good."


Bryson DeChambeau finished second at 15 under par (68). Justin Rose was

third at -14 (after a 69). 54 hole leader Henrik Stenson finished solo fourth

at 13 under par (71). Tiger Woods (69) after getting to within a shot of the

lead walking off the 15th green, struggled coming in - finishing tied for fifth

with Ryan Moore at -10.