Rory McIlroy thrilled the crowd at Bay Hill Club and Lodge Sunday in Orlando during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational before a closing bogey sank his chance for victory.
McIlroy finished at 9 under after a three-putt bogey on 18 left him with a final-round 71.
A birdie on 16 had left McIlroy in a three-way tie for the lead at 10 under. Marc Leishman won the tournament, ending a five-year run without a PGA Tour victory.
McIlroy, who moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, was 11 back entering the weekend but shot 65 on Saturday. He finished T-4. Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, the 54-hole co-leaders, tied for second at 10 under.
“I made a run,” McIlroy told reporters after his round. “It was one of those things, like I played great today, gave myself plenty of chances, and made some birdies and did what I needed to, took advantage of the par-5s and the shorter holes. I had two good chances on the last two holes. I thought that, walking up to the last green, I saw Leishman had made eagle on 16 to go to 11, so I definitely gave the putt a run, that’s for sure. But a bit too much of a run.
“But these things happen. I’m pleased with how I went. 10 under for the weekend around here is good scoring and I can take a lot of positives from it going into next week.”