Rory McIlroy ends lengthy drought forward of Masters with victory on the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Rory McIlroy recorded his first win in 18 months on the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he returned to peak type forward of subsequent month’s Masters.

McIlroy can be bidding to finish a profession grand slam at Augusta Nationwide and the Northern Irishman ensured he can be among the many main contenders after an impressive remaining spherical of 64 at Bay Hill.

The 28-year-old was notably imperious over the again 9, during which he nervelessly recorded 5 birdies in his remaining six holes to complete on 18 underneath par for a three-shot victory over Bryson DeChambeau.

He arguably saved his greatest for final, holing a putt from greater than 25 ft on the 18th earlier than elevating his arms aloft.

The final time McIlroy reigned supreme was on the Tour Championship on September 25, 2016 – the identical day Arnold Palmer died – and he returned to profitable methods on the resort as soon as owned by nice.

McIlroy instructed Sky Sports activities golf: “I performed an ideal spherical of golf.

“It was superior to really feel the excitement of being someplace across the lead going into the again 9 and reeling off these 4 birdies in a row.

“I’ve missed it, I actually have missed it, and to play the type of golf that I performed immediately underneath that strain, I am actually happy with myself and simply so blissful to win.

“It is ironic to assume that the final time I gained was when Arnie handed away. To have the ability to create my very own little piece of historical past on the 18th inexperienced right here was fairly particular.

“I’m just so happy to be back in the winner’s circle again and win a tournament that has Arnold Palmer’s name on it, someone that means so much to us in the game of golf.”

Tiger Woods was briefly in competition for the second successive Sunday after three birdies within the house of 4 holes instantly after the flip, however his problem pale with bogeys on the 16th and 17th, and he completed in a share of fifth.