Overnight co-leader and World No. 71 Charley Hoffman backed up with a 1-over-par 39-34=73 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude on 10-under 278, down one spot into a two-way T2, one shy of champion Marc Leishman, who shot 69.
After kicking off in 68-66, the 40-year-old led by one at the midpoint and chased with 71 to share the lead with Kevin Kisner, who also closed with 73. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, recording 0.578 SG: Tee-to-Green and a -0.467 SG: Putting. The UNLV alum birdied the par-5 fourth (from 3'9") but then ate four bogeys over his next five holes to turn 3-over, dropping to solo 5th and four back of Kisner. He never gave up though, erasing a fifth bogey at the par-3 17th with birdies and 12, 13 and a walk-off 3 at 18 from 12'11" that secured joint second, his sixth runner-up in 317 career starts (312 pro). Hoffman, who drops to 0-for-3 as 54-hole leader/co-leader, nets his second top 10 of the season in 11 events (T4, Genesis) and his best finish since a fourth TOUR title at the 2016 Texas Open. This was his fifth API, second cash (T59/2012). Mar 19 - 6:52 PM