Records Book

2017
A putt of 51-and-a-half feet put Marc Leishman in position for the then most important victory of his career on the PGA TOUR.  The eagle it produced on the par-five 16th green in the final round...

A putt of 51-and-a-half feet put Marc Leishman in position for the then most important victory of his career on the PGA TOUR.  The eagle it produced on the par-five 16th green in the final round jumped the 33-year-old Australian a stroke past the three other contenders duking it out for the prestigious title and he carried that slim lead to victory over Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, the co-leaders entering the final round.

Leishman, the second successive Australian winner (Jason Day) and third (Rod Pampling) from Down Under to win at Bay Hill, moved into contention with a second-round 66, three shots behind Hoffman, who also had a 66 for the leading 134.  Hoffman had trailed first-round leaders Emiliano Grillo and Matthew Fitzpatrick by a stroke.  Marc slipped back with a second 71 Saturday as Kisner, with 68, surged into the picture.  Hoffman fought off four bogeys with a three-straight-birdies finish to shoot 71 and retain a share of the lead with Kisner at 201.

Rory McIlroy, who was 11 shots off the lead after 36 holes before firing a 65 Saturday, moved into serious contention in the early going Sunday.  Kisner, a one-time winner during his two previous seasons on the PGA Tour, built a three-stroke lead on the front nine as Hoffman once again faltered going out.  McIlroy capped his charge with a near eagle of his own out of the trees at the 16th hole to tie for the lead before Leishman took over with his monster putt there shortly thereafter.

Rory’s bid dissolved when he three-putted the 18th as Leishman parred the last two holes, one-putting the final green from three feet after an errant tee shot into heavy rough forced him to play safely short of the green.  Leishman’s winning score was 69—277.  It brought him the enhanced first-place prize of $1,566,000, other valuable qualification rewards and, for the first time, a special red cardigan sweater, a new and permanent tribute to tournament namesake Arnold Palmer.

You must play boldly to win. Arnold Palmer