Bryson DeChambeau wins Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke
Bryson DeChambeau shot 71 on Sunday to finish at 11 under and beat Lee Westwood by a stroke for his eighth win on PGA Tour.
DeChambeau, the tough contender on any event, was one of the three to break par with his 1-under-par 71 and finished at 11 under to become the first multiple winner of the current PGA Tour season.
“It’s amazing to win Mr. Palmer’s tournament – it’s going to make me cry,” DeChambeau said. “He’s had an influence on me for the longest time and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.”
Before the final round, DeChambeau received a text from the modern-day great Tiger Woods, in which Woods messaged him some words of encouragement.
Woods, who is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident less than two weeks ago in Los Angeles, told DeChambeau to “keep fighting” and “play boldly like Mr. Palmer.”
The US Open champion had to hole from 6ft on the final green to seal the victory. He later revealed inspiration had been drawn from a currently stricken Tiger Woods.
“It was quite a battle,” said DeChambeau. “This means the world to me. I got a text from Tiger this morning; we talked about ‘Keep fighting no matter what happens. Play boldly.’ My heart has been heavy with Tiger and what’s going on with him.
Westwood, who had started the day one ahead of the US Open champion, was in the share of lead till the 12th hole, but he bogeyed the 14th, and from then, DeChambeau maintained his advantage.
Corey Conners (74) finished in third at eight-under, and Andrew Putnam (71), Richie Werenski (73), and Jordan Spieth (75) finished their campaign at the tied-4th position.