Francesco Molinari wins at Bay Hill with 8-under final round

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No one ever got any closer.

"Finally, in 2015, I played here and I realised what I was missing; I got to spend some time with Arnold which was a dream come true for me". But Rory seemingly took to the game immediately, as cites that the young golfer was able to hit a 40-yard drive by the time he was just two-years-old. Molinari has recently changed his equipment and had overcome a serious bout of flu to record his fourth worldwide win in 10 months. I thought go out there, do that, shoot 68 and I would have been close.

Second-round co-leaders Keegan Bradley of the United States and Tommy Fleetwood of England faded, Bradley firing 75 to finish three back and Fleetwood shooting 76 to stand four adrift.

And with only the top 50 after the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 31 exempt for the Masters, a solid week in Jacksonville would be welcomed. His five-shot comeback was the largest at Bay Hill since Woods in 2009, which he won with a birdie from 15 feet on the 18th hole. Matt Every (2014, '15) was the last American victor.

McIlroy, who began the day at 8-under, one shot behind Matthew Fitzpatrick's lead, finished the day exactly where he started it - 8-under - as he watched victor Francesco Molinari scorch Arnie's place with an 8-under final round to win by two shots.

This officially is becoming a thing. "I've been driving the ball well all week and hitting a lot of greens".

Francesco Molinari pulled a Rory McIlroy on Rory McIlroy.

It's the biggest reason why he's been unable to replicate the multiple-win seasons of his glory years. "I missed a couple of shots but I felt like I was hitting good shots to 30 feet all day". I'm getting myself into contention every week, [so] continue to do that. He played the four par 5s in 1 under.

That would have surprised no one who had to play it, especially late in the warm afternoon.

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Fifteen players were within five shots of the lead. Glory at last summer's Open Championship arrived from a Sunday starting position of three adrift of the lead. This time, Molinari's 8-under 64 tied the lowest final round in relation to par at the API since 1983.

More specifically, McIlroy was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Xander Schauffele's 62 at Kapalua.

After a three-putt par at the par-5 fifth, McIlroy sank a 26-foot birdie putt at the fifth and then blasted from a greenside bunker inches from the cup on the way to a birdie at the par-5 sixth. He finished the round by holing a nine-foot birdie putt at the 18th that briefly left him in sole possession of the lead. He also ranked just 39th in the field in strokes gained putting. He was first in the field in SG: Total (+3.323). He had two birdies, two bogeys and a 72 to tie for sixth.

That finished put him where he wanted-the final group. And for the third straight year, no player managed to post four straight rounds in the 60s.

He added: "I'm leading the tournament now but yesterday, through the first 10 holes, I could have easily been out of the tournament as I was struggling".

Didn't do justice to his host duties in the Arnold Palmer with a T63 finish in his first return to action after a few weeks off.

Fitzpatrick battled admirably to a 71, the former US Amateur victor earning his finest finish in the United States as a professional. This could be a big week for movement, as the victor of THE PLAYERS Championship will earn 600 FedExCup points.