World No. 62 Marc Leishman erased a 3-shot deficit with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach 11-under 277, up two places on the day and good for a 1-shot win over 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, who both shot 73s. UPDATE: Leishman earns 3-year exemption on TOUR and invites to 2017 Masters, PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone.
The 33-year-old, a pre-tourney 80/1 outright, claims his second TOUR title in 207 career starts, joining the 2012 Travelers (111 starts ago), where he came from six back with 8-under 62 to win by one, also over Hoffman (and B. Watson). After opening in 71-66-71, he began in a three-way T3. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, the Aussie conjured eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.487 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 4.202 on the greens. He went out in 1-under, outpacing a 1-putt bogey-5 at No. 3 with birdie-4s at 4 and 6, trailing Kisner by three. He circled the par-4 10th, gave it back with bogey-5 at 11, and then banged home a 51-footer for eagle at the par-5 16th. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident secured the trophy with a pair of up-and-down pars at 17 and 18. This was his eighth API with a previous-best of T3 (2011), and his sixth top 25 of the season in eight tries, second top 10 (solo 5th, CIMB Classic).