Zach Johnson Makes Crazy Bank-In Birdie At Arnold Palmer Invitational

Doyle BarkerMar 21, 2017

Australian golfer Marc Leishman has booked himself a Masters berth after taking out the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

American Charley Hoffman avoided similar hazards to lead the event at 10-under par.

Hoffman finished one stroke ahead of Argentina's Emiliano Grillo - who had two eagles, two birdies and two bogeys in a round of 68 - and two in front of Britain's Matthew Fitzpatrick, who had shared the 18-hole lead with Grillo.

Two strokes behind Stricker with three holes to play, Lehman closed with two birdies and a par for a 7-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over playing partner Stricker.

At 17, his tee shot on the par 3 rolled through the back of the green and he again settled for par. He had three birdies and two bogeys before making the eagle.

There he flared his tee shot wide into the right rough, leaving him no direct line to the flag, cut way right behind the pond that guards the green.

Hoffman curled in the shot of the tournament at the US PGA event on Orlando's famed Bay Hill course to cap a closing run of three consecutive birdies to join his US compatriot on 11-under 205 through 54 holes.

While Marc was at Augusta National preparing to play in the following week's Masters, Audrey came down with a 102-degree fever and flu-like symptoms, and that worsened into strep throat and pneumonia, and that became acute respiratory distress syndrome and toxic shock syndrome. He had not previously qualified as his world ranking had slipped to No. 62, and he will now move into calculations for the Presidents Cup as well, describing it as "an unbelievable day" for him.

"We all knew Arnold wasn't in the best of health and I wanted to play before he passed", McIlroy said. If you're missing a 4-footer it's not fun, but you can make a 40-footer on the next. You just have to stay right in it and not think what the end result is.

"Going out today I thought if I shoot anything in the 60s is a good score. Can't complain too much". "Obviously would've liked them a little shorter but it was a nice day". I holed some good putts there on the last few holes. "But I'm pleased with how I went".

Indeed, Leishman was No. 2 in the field in putting and only had three bogeys over his final 35 holes at Bay Hill.

"Mr Palmer was an awesome guy who I was lucky enough to meet a few times at this tournament", he said. It was the first time the tournament was played since the passing of the legend last September.

And Leishman was able to at last put to rest the stream of questions he's been getting from his youngest son, Harvey.

I wanted to keep the green trousers clean.

"It's sad not to have him up there walking off the 18th green, to be that first guy to walk off and not be greeted by Arnold Palmer", Leishman said.

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