Rory McIlroy hit five birdies in six holes on the back nine to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rory McIlroy seals first PGA Tour title since 2016 with stunning final round to win Arnold Palmer Invitational

  • Rory McIlroy wins on the PGA Tour for the first time since September 2016
  • McIlroy hit a final round of 64 to overhaul the overnight leader Henrik Stenson
  • His back nine included five birdies in six holes with a huge final putt on the 18th
  • Tiger Woods caps another fine tournament with final round of 69 for tied fifth
Rory McIlroy hit five birdies in six holes on the back nine to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rory McIlroy hit five birdies in six holes on the back nine to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Now that’s how you end a victory drought.

With Tiger Woods prowling and the hot breath of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and the gutsy young American Bryson DeChambeau on his neck, Rory McIlroy ended his 18-month winless run at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a finish worthy of the legend whose name adorns the tournament.

The timing was perfect on every level. Picking up seven birdies in his last 13 holes, the 28-year-old not only pulled clear of a high-class leaderboard but did so just a fortnight before his tilt at the career Grand Slam at the Masters.

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