Leishman Lands Arnie’s Big One
He made it as PGA rookie of the year in 2009, won one tournament and five years after that win, he wins a big one again on the PGA Tour.
In one fell swoop, Australia’s Marc Leishman (pictured) pocketed US$1.6 million, picked up a berth to the 2017 Masters and earned a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour. It’s a hard act to beat but Leishman pulled it off in grand style.
While early leaders Charley Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Rory McIlroy played musical chairs in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Leishman came from behind, slam-dunked an eagle on the 16thhole and went on to bag the title with a 11-under win, his second on the big tour.
Kisner and Hoffman finished joint second at 10-under.
McIlroy threatened but only could manage a fourth placing at 9-under par. One consolation is that he was able to bump Jason Day from the number two spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.