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2018 Rewind: The 10 Most Exciting PGA Tour Wins


5. RORY ROARS TO WIN AT BAY HILL

Date: Mar. 18, 2018
Event: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Where: Bay Hill Club (Orlando, FL)

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club. Photo: Keyur Khamar/Getty Images

Winner: Rory McIlroy -18 | Runner-up: Bryson DeChambeau -15

Recap: What didn’t Rory do this week? His final-round 64 was the field’s co-low-round of the week. He led the field in birdies, driving distance, scrambling, and proximity to the hole, but where he really inflicted his damage was with the putter.

McIlroy, who has a reputation for being less than stellar with this flatstick, gained an unfathomable 10 strokes on the field this week with putting, which led the field by a mile. His game showed absolutely no weaknesses, which is incredible considering that coming into the week, his game was seemingly filled with question marks.

“It just takes something just to click into place and something clicked into place with my long game,” said McIlroy.

“Obviously something clicked into place with my putting as well. This is the result. So it’s, it’s just so nice to see everything come together finally.”

After shooting 69-70-67 over his first three rounds, McIlroy came into Sunday just three strokes off the lead. He parred his first five holes, but started an explosion with a birdies on 6, 7, and 9 to make the turn in 3-under 33. He then played his back nine to a scorching 5-under 31 to post a 64 and reach 18-under for the week.

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Jordan Thomas is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor. When not losing money at offshore gambling sites, Jordan performs research, crunches numbers, compiles content, and writes up quick-hit posts.

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