Kurt Kitayama Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Kurt Kitayama Wins 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Kurt Kitayama poses with the trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Mar 5, 2023 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Richard Heathcote via Getty Images)

On Sunday at a brutal Bay Hill, Kurt Kitayama signed for an even-par 72 to claim a one-shot victory over Rory McIlroy (70) and Harris English (70) at the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

  • Kitayama finished 9-under 279 and earned $3.6 million.
  • It was Kitayama’s first win on the PGA Tour.
  • The 30-year-old from California moved to No. 19 in the PGA Tour’s world rankings.
  • Patrick Cantlay (68), Jordan Spieth (70), Tyrrell Hatton (72), Scottie Scheffler (73) finished T4 on 7 under.
  • “I think just a little bit of luck finally went my way,” Kitayama said. “When it’s that close at the top, that’s what you need. Anyone probably could have won it. Luckily, it just happened to be me.”


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