ORLANDO – England’s Tyrrell Hatton shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 in tough conditions Sunday but held on and captured his first PGA Tour victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Hatton, in his 60th PGA Tour start, finished with an overall 4-under 284 to prevail by one shot ahead of Australia’s Marc Leishman and two shots better than South Korea’s Sungjae Im. Leishman and Im each shot 1-over 73 on Sunday at the prestigious but difficult Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
“To hold on and win here, it’s such an iconic venue, I’m just over the moon,” the 28-year-old Hatton said.
Hatton held a two-stroke lead through three rounds. He bogied both the 450-yard, par-4 first hole and 383-yard par-4 fifth hole before sinking birdie putts on the 195-yard, par-3 seventh and 453-yard, par-4 eighth holes.
On the back nine, Hatton had eight pars and a double bogey when he found water on the 446-yard, par-4 11th. He rallied to finish with seven straight pars that included key tee shots on the par-3, 211-yard 17th and par-4, 464-yard 18th.
“I actually felt like I was playing myself out of it when I made double on 11,” Hatton said. “When I saw the scoreboard … I think it was on 14 green … I realized I had a one- or two-shot lead at the time. I was a little bit surprised.”
Leishman double bogied the 438-yard, par-4 third hole before adding two birdies and two bogies on the front nine. He then birdied two par 5s — at Nos. 12 (572 yards) and 16 (501 yards) — with a bogey at the par-3, 217-yard 14th in between. He pulled within a shot of Hatton with birdie at 16 and nearly tied for the lead with a 35-foot birdie try at 17.
Im, who earned his first PGA Tour victory at last week’s Honda Classic, had one birdie on the front Sunday but an eventful back nine — two birdies, two bogies and a double bogey.
Bryson DeChambeau shot 71 on Sunday to finish alone in fourth at 1-under par 287.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy shot 76 Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth with Keith Mitchell ( 71), Joel Dahmen (71) and New Zealand’s Danny Lee (75).