Week 11: Leishman wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational by 1 Shot
March 20, 2017
PGA Tour - Arnold Palmer Inviatational
Marc Leishman holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead Sunday, and he stayed there with two tough pars at the end to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
In a final hour that featured four players having at least a share of the lead, Leishman was the only one who didn't blink.
His final act was a pitch-and-run from 45 yards away on the closing hole at Bay Hill that ran out to 3 feet. He calmly made the par putt for a 3-under 69 and one-shot victory over Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman.
The only thing missing was a handshake from Mr. Palmer. This was the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since the September death of the beloved tournament host.
"You see guys win and he's waiting there on the back of the green," Leishman said. "And to not have that is obviously very sad, but to win here is just a dream come true."
ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia- Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship
Despite letting an eight shot lead slip, New Zealand's Daniel Pearce did enough to beat Matthew Millar in a three hole playoff to claim the 2017 Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship presented by Wippells Autos.
Pearce looked to be in control early with a birdie on the first hole until four consecutive bogeys on holes five, six, seven and eight, left the door ajar for the chasing field.
An eagle on the 10th returned Pearce to the top of the leaderboard giving him the confidence to regain his composure on the back-9.
"I hit a fantastic drive up there on 10 and only had 100 or so metres in and managed to hit a wedge in nice and close, that really steadied the ship for me," Pearce said.
A bogey on the 18th saw him finish 19-under par and tied with a fast finishing Matthew Millar, forcing just the second playoff of Pearce's career.
"I had a playoff in a pro-am back home which I lost, so 50 percent now in my career is not too bad!" Pearce laughed.
"He (Millar) is a great golfer and he's been playing some fantastic golf the last couple of years especially around Australia so to be up against him was always going to be tough, I knew he'd come out firing.
"It's nice to beat a player of that quality."
It took Pearce three extra holes to emerge victorious after he made par and Millar bogeyed.
This win gives Pearce exemption on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season and 2018, security he said he's happy to have for the first time in his career.
Mena Tour- Palmeraie Coutry Club Casablanca Open
Spanish rookie Leo Lilja kept his cool when nerves were stretched to breaking point to win the MENA Tour’s season-opening Palmeraie Country Club Casablanca Open, beating England’s Luke Joy in a marathon playoff on Thursday.
Playing in his first event on the tour after graduating from the Qualifying School last week, the Spaniard shot a bogey-free 68 to set a clubhouse target of eight-under which only Joy could match, reeling of three birdies coming home after offsetting an early bogey on the second to force extra holes.
There was a palpable sense of relief than ecstasy when Lilja birdied the par-5, 17th after hitting the green in two shots to settle the issue on the sixth extra hole in the longest-ever playoff in the history of the MENA Tour.
Asian Development Tour- PGM Northport Championship
Malaysia’s Ben Leong endured contact lens discomfort on the front nine to close with a two-under-par 70, claiming his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by seven shots at the weather-shortened PGM Northport Championship on Saturday.
Leong, who started the round with an eight-shot advantage following a superb second round 62, lost his right contact lens before the round and had to use one of a different degree from his friend for his first nine holes at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.