Arnold Palmer Invitational: Marc Leishman earns second PGA Tour victory

When this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Marc Leishman was handed the commemorative red Palmer cardigan sweater as part of his haul that also included $1.56 million early Sunday evening, there was a different feel than other tournament endings.

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.

The world No 51 then brought gasps around the green at the 215-yard par-three 17th, where his tee shot somehow didn't end up in the middle of the cup. He has felt just a touch off all season long, but with Day it also always feels like he's one round from going on a five-tournament rampage and taking two or three of them (including a major championship).

McIlroy had been four over par after two holes of his second round and despite a flawless 65 on Saturday, started the final day five shots off the lead shared by Kisner and Hoffman.

He didn't flinch over three key par putts over the last four holes. She is now healthy again and pregnant with their third child.

Leishman's victory was timely not only for him but for Australian golf.

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He ended on 11-under-par to win by one from Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. "You don't have to hit that bad of a shot to make bogeys out there". You've just got to stay right in it. And then here I'm going to finish Top-5 or whatever it is. "Can't complain too much".

And he put the victory down to his short game - his putting ranked second in the field - saying "obviously the putter was there with me all week".

"I've been driving it better than I ever have. Ten under for the weekend around here is good scoring, and I can take a lot of positives from it going into next week". "Today was the day".

Stenson ran into some serious troubles on the 11th hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitaitonal at Bay Hill.

'I knew I needed another birdie at the 18th after Marc eagled the 16th, ' he said.

"Mr Palmer was an awesome guy who I was lucky enough to meet a few times at this tournament", he said. To honor him is huge.

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Tournament founder and seven-time major victor Palmer died aged 87, in September and Leishman added: "You always want to win to honour the greats and it's a special year this year".

I wanted to keep the green trousers clean.

"You see guys win and he's waiting there on the back of the green", Leishman said.

"So, that's nice to get that now, to go and get that trophy". And if I get off to a fast start, I'll be right in there.

The good news stands in stark contrast to this time two years ago, when on the eve of the 2015 Masters Leishman had to withdraw as Audrey had been hospitalised with acute respiratory distress and toxic shock syndrome.

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