Final-round charge by Rory McIlroy falls short at Arnold Palmer

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Final-round charge by Rory McIlroy falls short at Arnold Palmer

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Final-round charge by Rory McIlroy falls short at Arnold Palmer

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.

Rory McIlroy played well Sunday until he got into trouble on 18.(Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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.”

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