Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented By Master­card

Mcil­roy ends 18-month PGA win drought with ti­tle

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Rory Mcil­roy ended an 18-month PGA win drought in sen­sa­tional fash­ion with birdies on five of the last six holes to cap­ture the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional.

Four-time ma­jor cham­pion Mcil­roy out­du­elled Amer­i­can Bryson Decham­beau and ma­jor win­ners Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hen­rik Sten­son with an amaz­ing putting dis­play on the Bay Hill greens.

"It's so nice to see every­thing come to­gether fi­nally," Mcil­roy said. "I wasn't that far away. It takes some­thing to click into place. Some­thing clicked into place with my putting ob­vi­ously."

Mcil­roy fired an eight-un­der par 64 to fin­ish 72 holes on 18-un­der 270 and de­feat Decham­beau by three strokes. "I'm just proud of my­self to hang in there over the past few months with in­jury and every­thing," Mcil­roy said. "To get my first PGA win in I don't know how long, it feels re­ally great." The 28-year-old from North­ern Ire­land took his 14th US PGA Tour tri­umph, his first since the 2016 Tour Cham­pi­onship, and served no­tice he is a solid threat to com­plete a ca­reer ma­jor Grand Slam by win­ning the Mas­ters in three weeks.

Mcil­roy had not won since the day Palmer died in 2016 but snapped his skid on the

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