Fitzpatrick 1 Up on Rory at Bay Hill

Fitzpatrick 1 Up on Rory at Bay Hill

Francesco Molinari shot 8-under 64 in the final round to win the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational 2019 on Sunday, March 10, in Florida.

All that mattered was that it dropped, capping off a five-shot rally with a final round no one imagined on a fast Bay Hill course with putting surfaces that looked closer to white than green, making it hard for anyone to get it close to the hole.

"I was a little scrappy Thursday and Friday, and definitely felt a lot better today", McIlroy said.

McIlroy, who was seven shots behind and tied for 31st after two rounds, birdied four of his first six holes after starting early in the day, before adding three birdies on the last four holes to lead before Fitzpatrick caught and passed him.

Matt Fitzpatrick managed only two birdies in his round of 1-under 71 and made a 3-foot par putt to finish alone in second. He didn't have it this time, making just two birdies and shooting 72 to tie for sixth place.

Perhaps it was only fitting that the claret jug was at Bay Hill, which served as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

"Yeah, my Sundays haven't been what I would have liked, but I'm putting myself in that position, so good golf is good golf, " McIlroy said.

Tommy Fleetwood, who shared the 36-hole lead at Bay Hill, recovered from a 76 that knocked him out of contention by closing with a 68 to join Im at 9-under 279 along with Rafa Cabrera Bello (69).

Turkey dismisses US warning over S-400 Russian missiles
European Command told lawmakers the United States should not move forward with the F-35 sales, should Turkey purchase the S-400. If Washington imposes sanctions under CAATSA, it could affect the combat readiness of Turkey's existing fleet of U.S.

More phones than ever will get early access to Android 10
Generally, we have seen Google launching its new Android Versions around August and we can expect the same this year also. When Google released the first Android P beta previous year , it supported a variety of devices not just the Pixel 2.

All 157 passengers on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight killed
The plane crashed near Bishoftu city, about 45 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa , the ET said in a statement. The Max model is the newest version of Boeing's workhorse 737 model, the world's most popular commercial airline.

And by the look of Bay Hill in the warm, late afternoon - greens that looked yellow, fairways feeling tighter in such firm conditions - it won't be any easier. "I haven't hit some of the shots I hit today in a long time".

It was another disappointment for McIlroy, who has played in the final group in three of his five PGA Tour events, and for the ninth time without winning dating to the start of 2018.

"And here's another reason for optimism: "While Molinari's 146' 9" worth of made putts in the final round at the API marked the best putting day of his career, the second best was his 144' 8" worth of made putts in the first round of THE PLAYERS in 2014.

Fitzpatrick didn't have much going, either. He finished the round by holing a nine-foot birdie putt at the 18th that briefly left him in sole possession of the lead. No one ever got any closer. But Rory seemingly took to the game immediately, as Biography.com cites that the young golfer was able to hit a 40-yard drive by the time he was just two-years-old.

"There's no point in trying to hit it past him or trying to do anything like Rory, we've both got strengths and both got weaknesses and that's why we practice to try and get better", Fitzpatrick said.

"This is my fifth year out here now, and I really finally understand that some weeks you're going to feel great and you're not going to hit it well, some weeks you're not going to feel great and you're going to hit it well". He's played in the final group nine times over the past 15 months, and each time he's watched someone else hoist the trophy. The Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour. Steve Stricker received a sponsor exemption and will make his first PGA Tour start since he was appointed Ryder Cup captain. Hadwin says it's an absolute must this week at Bay Hill to get your approach shots started on the proper line. And he delivered a charge that was most appropriate on Palmer's home course.

This article was written by Doug Ferguson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Related Articles

  • Spotify Offering Subscribers Hulu For Free

    The new Spotify Premium only offers Hulu's ad-supported plan, which comes with up to 10 minutes worth of ad breaks per hour. Either way, United States Spotify users are in luck, as Hulu is a nice service to have on deck - especially if it's free.
    Captain Marvel Weekend Numbers Surpass $455 Million

    Captain Marvel Weekend Numbers Surpass $455 Million

    Last week's number one movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped to second place, taking in another $14.7 million. Oh, there will plenty of more chances for Brie to bust out the Captain Marvel tracksuit for more surprise appearances.
    Is DeSean Jackson trying to force his way out of Tampa Bay?

    Is DeSean Jackson trying to force his way out of Tampa Bay?

    Jackson was set to make $10 million in the final season of a three-year, $33.5 million contract he signed in 2017 with Tampa Bay. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirms that the Bucs are shopping Jackson and a return to Philly is not out of the question.
  • Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college entrance bribery scheme

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college entrance bribery scheme

    They are each being indicted for allegedly bribing various elite colleges so that they could see their children admitted. Coaches from Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, Wake Forest and other schools were allegedly involved.
    Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for misogynistic remarks

    Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for misogynistic remarks

    He defends assault on children, makes countless misogynistic claims, and shows he's complete disregard for an entire gender. He's like got some weird religious call where he thinks it's okay to, you know, marry underage girls, but he didn't do it.
    Captain Marvel Has Massive Opening

    Captain Marvel Has Massive Opening

    Marvel Studios now has seven of the top 20 film debuts in industry history and Walt Disney Studios holds 12 of the top 20. Academy Award best picture victor Green Book , however, continued to see one of the largest Oscar bumps in years.
  • Trump defends 'Tim Apple' comment, says he was saving time

    Trump defends 'Tim Apple' comment, says he was saving time

    Trump made the "Tim Apple " remark as he talked to Cook and other members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Even when there is clear video of him making a mistake, he apparently still won't admit it.
    Pakistan demands ICC action against India for wearing military cap

    Pakistan demands ICC action against India for wearing military cap

    By wearing the caps, the Indian team has politicised the Gentleman's Game, Dawn quoted the Information Minister as saying. Tensions emerged between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack on 14 February.
    British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s newborn son has died in Syria

    British ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s newborn son has died in Syria

    Begum said that during her time with ISIS she was "just a housewife" and there was no evidence of her "doing anything unsafe ". He told the Commons Home Affairs Committee it would be "incredibly difficult" to facilitate the return of a baby from Syria.
  • Grand Slam-chasing Gatland says Wales 'have a dream'

    Grand Slam-chasing Gatland says Wales 'have a dream'

    The more Wales tried to close out the game the more Scotland began to find gaps in the usually formidable Welsh defense. But Scotland tailed off badly in the second half and then looked hopelessly passive against France two weeks ago.
    Female Marvel superhero tops weekend box office

    Female Marvel superhero tops weekend box office

    What could be better than watching the actual Captain Marvel in theaters? Captain Marvel: 1, trolls: 0. The real question is whether it has staying power at the box office.
    Major mid-air turbulence hits Istanbul-New York flight, 30 injured

    Major mid-air turbulence hits Istanbul-New York flight, 30 injured

    According to Storm Team A flight data, the plane flew directly in its approach to NY without making any deviations. Turkish Airlines Flight 1 encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK, Coleman added.