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Leishman's eagle paves way for second PGA title

By EDGAR THOMPSON
Orlando Sentinel

March 19. 2017 11:19PM


ORLANDO, Fla. — Marc Leishman hit a 51-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole, helping him win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday at Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge.

Leishman, who finished 11-under overall, clinched his second career PGA Tour victory with a strong finish. He also punched his ticket to the Masters. In 2016, Leishman left the season's first major when wife suffered a near-fatal illness.

Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman wrapped up the tournament one shot behind Leishman, tied for second place. Kisner had a chance to win, but he couldn't deliver a birdie or better on 18.

Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton tied for fourth at 9-under.

On Sunday, Leishman grabbed the lead for good with a 51-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole.

He then saved par from the back bunker on the par-3 17th hole, sinking an 7-foot putt to maintain his one-shot lead over Kisner and Hoffman, the 54-hole co-leaders. Each carded 1-over par 73s Sunday.


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