Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude on 9-under 279, up four places into a two-way T4, two adrift of champions Marc Leishman, who shot 69.
After rounds of 74-71-65, the 27-year-old (and pre-tourney fave) began in a three-way T8, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he circled more than enough birdies (7), T1 for the week with 21, but also squared four bogeys, including a sloppy 3-putt from 31'4" at the last, dropping out of shared 2nd. The Ulsterman found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 3.401 strokes approaching-the-green and 5.043 tee-to-green, No. 1 for the week in both of the latter at 9.807 and 13.470, respectfully. Unfortunately, he was 57th (of 72) in SG: Putting at -1.250, lowlighted by a -0.932 in R4, and 51st in SG: Around-the-green. This was McIlroy's first top 10 at Bay Hill in three tries (T11/2015) and third top 10 of the season in three starts, fourth straight dating to his 13th TOUR title at the 2016 TOUR Championship.