Golf - Leishman holds off McIlroy to win Bay Hill title

Marc Leishman on his way to victory at Bay Hill (AFP Photo/SAM GREENWOOD)

- Australia's Marc Leishman sank a stunning 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole as he held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The 33-year-old Aussie needed only one putt at each of the last four holes at Bay Hill to surge to his first US victory since 2012. "It just all came together," Leishman said. "To do it here is really good. It was just an unbelievable day." Leishman fired a final-round three-under 69 to reach 11-under par. Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, co-leaders entering the final round, each fired one-over par rounds of 73 to share second one behind Leishman. McIlroy's bogey on 18 for a round of 69 dropped him into a share of fourth with Tyrell Hatton but the northern Irishman will still leapfrog Jason Day to become world number two.

AFP