Bryson Wins AP Invitational at Bayhill PDF Print E-mail


Bryson DeChambeau celebrates wearing the red cardigan

Windermere, Florida - He's known for his game changing distance off

the tee these days, but for Bryson DeChambeau, quite often it's been

his shortgame and putter that have made the difference. On Sunday

at Bayhill the Clovis, California native drained two lengthy bombs -

a 40 footer on the outward side and another early on the back nine on

his way to a final round 71 (11 under par - 277 total) and a one-shot

victory over Lee Westwood (73) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

High winds in Florida over the weekend made for difficult conditions,

in fact, the field average of 73.49 was the highest at Bayhill in 41 years.

DeChambeau's final round 71 was one of only three in the entire field

that finished in red numbers on Sunday. It was an epic duel, where

no more than a shot separated Westwood and DeChambeau all day long.

When the Englishman holed his 9 foot par putt at the last, it forced Bryson

to hole his 5 footer to avoid a playoff. He poured it in the center and raised

his arms in a triumphant celebration.

DeChambeau cited a text from Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer's slogan to

"Play Boldly" as inspiration for the day.


DeChambeau's 9th PGA Tour victory puts him atop the Fedex Cup standings

and elevates him to no.6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Canadian Corey Connors finished third after a final round 74.