It looked like it was going to be Henrik Stensons week going into Sunday but a defiant Matt Every had a strong final day to take his second Arnold Palmer Invitational title. Stenson could only manage a 2 under par 70 on Sunday, with Every making a crucial 15ft putt on the last for birdie to finish on 66 and 19 under par for the week.
Every was the early clubhouse leader, leaving Stenson only having to make 1 birdie in the last 3 holes to force a playoff. The final group were put on the clock for slow play, which seemed to distract Stenson. He 3 putted the 15th for a bogey and could not make any birdies in the final 3 holes, something he had been doing all week. Stenson was not happy with the PGA tours decision saying.
"I'm as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch.It's busy enough trying to close out a golf tournament and to play the finishing holes without being on the clock"
“When you're coming down the stretch you want to be able to have five extra seconds not to try and rush your routines and playing. So, on the green I didn't really have much time to look at my putt and rushed that"
Morgan Hoffmann, who had lead from day 1 did put on an early charge but fell back after a disappointing back 9 which included 2 bogies and a double to finish 5 back.
Defending champion Every's impressive final round 66 was tied lowest of the day with Zach Johnson, who made the second albatross of the tournament when he holed his 207 yard 2nd to the par 5 16th.
Rory McIlroy was not in full flow this week, but still managed to threaten going into Sunday, the world number 1 seemed to be in 3rd gear this week but may just peak at the right time to complete his career grand slam.
McIlroy seems to be positive about his form for the Masters, saying
“If I had played really well the last few weeks how do I keep this going, It's nice to be able to try and build yourself up.”
With the Masters only 2 weeks away, many of the worlds best are in final stages of preparation, and those who are competing for the fist time are trying to guess what to expect. One player who is having trouble in his preparation is Brooks Koepka, he was forced to retire early through injury from the Arnold Palmer invitational with a rib injury and is now a doubt for the Masters. Lets hope he can recover in the next few weeks and make his first appearance.
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