The Arnold Palmer Invitational goes to Bryson DeChambeau who in Florida wins in a sprint the eighth victory (in 117 starts) on the PGA Tour (figure including a Major), the first since the triumph at the US Open last September.
In Orlando, the Californian champion with a partial of 71 (-1) out of a total of 277 (-11) shots, overtook the British Lee Westwood's competition in the photo finish, second with 278 (-10). With the exploit at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge (par 72) the "mad scientist" (nickname derived from his degree in physics) of men's golf regains the Top 10 of the world ranking moving from eleventh to sixth position and flies to the command of FedEx Cup by cashing a check for $ 1,674,000 for a total prize pool of 9,300,000.
After a start to the season below expectations, the 27-year-old from Modesto (California) who builds golf clubs in the garage, does not bend his wrists during the swing and hits the ball with great power, has returned to make a big voice by becoming the first American player since 2015 (Matt Every) to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and to wear the "red cardigan", the symbol of the competition.
Bryson DeChambeau, statements
"I'm so proud - the joy of him - to wear it, Mr. Palmer had a great influence on me. This victory fills me with pride" A victory for Palmer and Tiger Woods who, before the final round, sent a message to DeChambeau."
It was certainly surprising to receive a message from Tiger at this difficult time for him. He made me happy and I answered him immediately" In Orlando the feat in Westwood failed, without successes on the PGA Tour since 2010.
The Englishman finished the competition in second place, ahead of Canadian Corey Conners (leader in the first two rounds), 3 / o with 280 (-8). Third Top 5 of 2021 for Jordan Spieth (fasting from 2017, The Open), 4 / o (282, -6) as Andrew Putnam and Richi Werenski.
While Northern Irish Rory McIlroy, champion in 2018, closed the review in 10th place (285, -3). Same score, among others, for Tommy Fleetwood and 6 other players. Only 21 / o (287, -1) the English Tyrrell Hatton, winner of the tournament in 2020.
Another hole in one (the third of the competition after those of Spieth and Janewattananond on the moving day) in Florida which this time bears the signature of the Norwegian Kristoffer Ventura, skilled in getting an ace - for the first time on the PGA Tour - at hole 14 (par 3) from 201 yards (183.794 meters).
But in Orlando the party is all for DeChambeau who thus becomes the first player to win more events in the 2020-2021 season thanks also to a putt for the par pocketed from 15 meters to 14.