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Leishman holds off McIlroy to win Bay Hill crown

MIAMI, Florida — Australia's Marc Leishman sank a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole Sunday and held off a charging Rory McIlroy and two others to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
One-putting the last four holes at Bay Hill, the 33-year-old Aussie surged late to claim 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 par 69 to stand on 11-under 277 for 72 holes at the famed Orlando, Florida, layout in the first event since the death of tournament namesake Palmer, the golf legend who had hosted the event annually.
Americans Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman, co-leaders entering the final round, each fired 73s to share second on 278 with McIlroy and England's Tyrell Hatton sharing fourth on 279 and Canada's Adam Hadwin on 280.
McIlroy will jump past Australia's Jason Day to become world number two on Monday with American Dustin Johnson still atop the rankings, but a closing bogey ended his title bid in what became a four-man shootout down the final holes.
Leishman's first victory in front of his family was enough to qualify him for the Masters in three weeks at Augusta National, where he shared fourth in 2013.
His only prior US PGA victory had come in the 2012 Travelers Championship.
His lone European Tour title was at the 2015 Nedbank Challenge, although he was a British Open runner-up in 2015, losing in a playoff to Zach Johnson. 

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