Bryson DeChambeau celebrated his eighth career PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. Here you will find everything you need to know about the very difficult final at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge:
Ranking list: DeChambeau (-11), Lee Westwood (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jordan Spieth ( -6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Richy Werenski (-6)
What it means: In addition to his triumph at the US Open, DeChambeau now has Jack Nicklaus (2018 Memorial) and Arnold Palmer’s won. He’s also proven to be one of the best, if not the best, hard court players in the world. Bay Hill was a beast on Sunday, with a field scoring average more than 4.6 strokes higher than Round 3. Add that to his dominant winged foot performance, and Bryson’s muscles seem best suited to the toughest tests How it happened: A four-man tournament was reduced to two front-runners when Westwood boggled the 12th par 5 to tie DeChambeau. At 11 under, the last pair were two shots away from the field. They remained bogged down until Westwood putted 38 feet three times on the 14th. Conners made the par-5 16 course to come back briefly within one, but promptly turned into a bogey on the 17th. Meanwhile, DeChambeau parried # 16 and remained one on Westwood who missed a 7-foot birdie. The two parried # 17, and when Westwood rolled in a 7-foot par for 18, it meant DeChambeau had to make his 5-foot for the win. After pulling back once, he bored it emphatically.
Round of the day: DeChambeau’s 1:71. The field averaged over 75.5 shots in the final lap and 71 was the lowest score of the day (of three Players shot). After a bogey on the first hole, DeChambeau didn’t drop a shot for the rest of the day and parried his last 12 holes.
But the shot of the day was the winner, most recently the 5-foot par.
Biggest disappointment, Part I: Spieth. Spieth was co-leader with birdies at numbers 4 and 6. But there were no more red numbers. He turned the eighth hole, made a series of pars, and then bogeyed numbers 15, 17, and 18. It added up to a 3-over-75 and a T-4.
Biggest Disappointment, Part II: Rory McIlroy . The former champion was four years back to start the day and never gave himself a chance. He turned the second hole and put two balls from the tee in 6th place into the water. McIlroy finished the game at 76 but still made a top-10 when Keegan Bradley, who went 64-78 over the weekend, turned the last hole.
Quote of the day: « I don’t even know what to say supposed to win at Mr. Palmer’s event. It’ll make me cry. » – DeChambeau
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Here’s the prize money and FedExCup breakdown for Bryson DeChambeau and the rest of the guys who made the cut at Bay Hill.
Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood walked different courses in Sunday’s par-5 sixth, but achieved the same result.
Lee Westwood leads at Bay Hill, where he finished poorly 23 years ago and received a few selected words from Arnold Palmer
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