Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By Mastercard
Mcilroy ends 18-month PGA win drought with title
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