Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie's place

Francesco Molinari won the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational 2019

Francesco Molinari won the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational 2019

After holing the putt, he went to the locker room and watched on TV to see if his 12-under score would hold up. Eight-time victor Tiger Woods returns to challenge some of the best golfers in the world such as Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Rory McIlroy. "I started building my confidence and seeing I could get it done".

"I don't know, I'm just super glad", Molinari said after his round, via Golf Digest.

"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". A solid finish was certainly still in the cards with some crowding atop the leaderboard, but surely it would take some kind of near-miracle for him to actually win the King's tournament, right?

A tap-in birdie at the par-five 16th soon after for Molinari put him ahead, and he set the clubhouse target just two holes later with his enormous putt on the final hole. 'I knew there was a chance to set a target and make life hard for those out late, and I'm delighted to pull it off.' The final day began with a clear indication that Tiger is ready to return at the Players Championship this week despite his neck injury.

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 playing well, I'm getting myself into contention every week, (I need to) continue to do that going into next week".

"And I can think of two things where I could have hit a couple of better shots maybe, but overall I just think it was just a little disappointing".

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Harding was three shots off the lead at the start of the day and although he birdied three of the first four holes, bogeys at the sixth and seventh looked to have derailed his title challenge.

The next step is a drive up I-95 to Ponte Vedra Beach to take his place at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Francesco Molinari walks off of the 13th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

South Korea's Sungjae Im, England's Tommy Fleetwood and Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello tied for third, one back of Fitzpatrick.

And making putts ... and making putts. He would bogey his final hole to finish the week at two under, having given four shots back over the last two holes.

Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and Hoag Classic, featuring Francesco Molinari, David Toms, Adam Schenk, Rickie Fowler, and D.A. Points. "Those are two of the guys that you want to play with". Singh qualified by winning last year's Bridgestone Senior Players championship ... 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.

PGA Tour officials confirmed on Sunday that Tiger Woods will speak to the media at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday, a sign that the 14-time major champion is hoping to give it a go at the Players Championship on Thursday. The PGA Tour's four showcase groupings featured several players with lower rankings and lesser recent form than Molinari, who played the first two rounds with journeymen Brice Garnett and Ted Potter, Jr.

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