McIlroy ends winless run with victory at Arnold Palmer Invitational

RORY McIlroy has found himself back in the winner’s circle after a stunning final round in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Sunday.

The four-time major winner leap-frogged the field at Bay Hill with a final round eight-under-par 64.

The Northern Irishman’s 18-under total left him three shots clear of runner-up Bryson DeChambeau, while Englishman Justin Rose was third at 14 under.


Henrik Stenson, who had been in the lead since the first round, finished in fourth spot at 13 under.

McIlroy’s victory is his first in 18-months. His last win on the PGA Tour was at the Tour Championship in September 2016 – the same day legendary golfer Palmer died aged 87.

“I’ve kept saying the last few weeks, I wasn’t far away … it’s so nice to see everything come together, finally,” McIlroy said.

“I’ve worked hard on everything, not just my putting but my ball-striking and iron play.”

Former World No.1 Tiger Woods was just one shot off the pace at one stage in the final round but had to settle for fifth place after notching up two bogeys in the final three holes.

March Leishman was the best of the Australians, finished at eight under in a tie for seventh.

Jason Day finished at five under while Adam Scott was back on two under.