Incredible to see it going in.
The other two spots went to Sungjae Im, the 20-year-old South Korean who closed with a 68 and tied for third; and Honda Classic victor Keith Mitchell, who made eight birdies in his final round of 66 to tie for sixth. "I started building my confidence and seeing I could get it done".
"I'm just super glad", Molinari said.
"I said this after I won the Open Championship previous year: I didn't enjoy it that half an hour at all and I didn't enjoy [Sunday] at all watching the other guys". It was another disappointing tournament for a man who is developing an unfortunate habit of being able to finish the job off.
Molinari's final putt gave him a two-shot lead over Fitzpatrick and a four-shot lead over McIlroy, Keith Mitchell, who was the clubhouse leader at 8-under, Sung Kang, who was on the 18th hole, Sungjae Im, who was on 16, Tommy Fleetwood, who was on 16, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who was on 14, Luke List, who was on 14, Aaron Baddeley, who was on 12, and Matt Wallace, who was on 12. In some sports (i.e. the volatile ones such as golf and baseball), entry percentage matters more than in other, more consistent ones (e.g. basketball).
Molinari arrived at Bay Hill ranked 10th in the world, but after a final-round 64 earned him a trophy and a new sweater, the Italian is up three spots to No. 7. "I'm looking forward to seeing what happens going forward and playing in some bigger events".
"No game plan really, just trying to hit good shots and give myself chances", Molinari said.
"It's one of those I sort of stood over shots sort of wanting to go maybe, two, three yards close to the flag and so me and Billy were sort of discussing about going two yards further away, which hindsight is a pain and I wish I had not done it", Fitzpatrick added. He played in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth tied with McIlroy, closed with a 68 and won by two. "So it's still a bit unreal to think that I've done kind of the same today". "That's the great thing about golf, you don't have to wait too long to get back on the horse", he said.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational once again delivered 72nd-hole dramatics, only this time they came more than two hours early Sunday at Bay Hill.
"I've been nose-to-the-grindstone all season, practicing hard and hoping it would be enough", Uriell said.
And making putts ... and making putts.
"But at the moment in time you don't want to drop shots". "Those are two of the guys that you want to play with".
Other than reigning U.S. Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, no golfer on the planet has been hotter than Molinari since last summer. Molinari will take his game to TPC Sawgrass next week for the March return of The PLAYERS Championship, and the Masters begins in just three weeks.
He joins Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland with the most final rounds (four) of 64 or better on the PGA TOUR since the start of the 2016-17 season. "It was nerve wracking, especially coming off, it's a situation I haven't really been in". Between taking the lead in the driving range salute to his grandfather on Monday, and placing the red alpaca cardigan on to Molinari on Sunday, Saunders had to play golf.