Tyrrell Hatton held off Marc Leishmanand the elements on Sunday at Bay Hill to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot. Hatton became the first player from outside the United States to earn his maiden PGA Tour title at the event. He’s the first Englishman to win at Bay Hill, and the tenth different Englishman in the modern era to win on the PGA Tour.
Hatton won with a 72-hole score of 284 (4-under) on a difficult setup. The winning total of 284 was the highest on the PGA Tour since Patrick Reed posted the same number in a 2014 victory at the World Golf Championship event at Doral.
Matthew Fitzpatrick shot 69 on Sunday – the only player to break 70 in rounds three and four at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. It was the fewest sub-70 weekend scores in a PGA Tour event in 14 years – the 2006 Sentry Tournament of Champions also had only one round in the 60s in the last two rounds. The catch there: that tournament only had 28 players in the field, while 69 made the cut in Orlando.
The players at Bay Hill hit the green in regulation just 50.5 percent of the time for the week. That was the lowest percentage in any non-major PGA Tour event since the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club (49.8 percent).
Sungjae Im followed up his first PGA Tour win last week at The Honda Classic with a third-place finish in Orlando. Im was trying to become the first player since David Duval in 1997 to win his first two career PGA Tour titles in back-to-back weeks.
Jorge Campillo defeated David Drysdale with birdie on the fifth playoff hole to win the Qatar Masters. It was the longest playoff on the European Tour since the 2014 BMW International Open and the second European Tour victory for the 33-year-old Campillo.
In just his third event on the PGA Tour Champions, Ernie Els broke through with a win at the Hoag Classic. The Big Easy has opened his career on the senior circuit with nine consecutive rounds of par or better, good for a total score of 36-under. Els hit more than 87 percent of his greens in regulation, most of anyone in the field.
The PGA Tour now shifts to The Players Championship, a flagship event with one of the strongest fields of the entire season. Tommy Fleetwood will look to bounce back after a missed cut in Orlando, his first since the 2018 French Open. Fleetwood has a career scoring average of 70.17 at TPC Sawgrass, best of any player the last ten years with at least twelve rounds played.
Rory McIlroy will defend his Players Championship title, trying to become the first player to ever win the tournament in back-to-back years. A defending champion has not finished in the top-ten at TPC Sawgrass in 15 years – Adam Scott was the last to do it, back in 2005.
You think you can pick a winner for The Players Championship? Consider this: since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986, there have been as many winners ranked outside the top-50 in the world (seven) as ranked inside the top-five (seven).