Scottie Scheffler wins Arnold Palmer Invitational after another bruising day at Bay Hill

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Everyone knew going into the final round at Bay Hill that no one knew what to expect on Sunday.

And how? Arnie's first three rounds featured 54 holes of dense rough, quick greens, heavy gusts, double bogeys, and pros chucking putters into lakes.

The final pairing, Billy Horschel and Talor Gooch, entered the day tied for the lead at seven under. They were 11 over on the front nine.

Only Scottie Scheffler proved he wasn't going to make a mistake. For departing Bay Hill with the fewest bruises, the 25-year-old won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

During the last hour, the competitors encountered bunkers, missed fairways, and couldn't make putts, yet dull can win awards.

He had one over on the front and eight pars on the back for an even-par 72. Six of those pars came on the final six holes, allowing him to remain ahead of others who shone but more often stumbled.

It was a one-stroke victory against Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Billy Horschel.

“I sat all day,” Scheffler said. “I simply tried to be patient. I made no errors on the back nine.”

Scheffler, ranked 6th in the world, won his first PGA Tour event on Feb. 13 at the WM Phoenix Open. His second came after two more starts.

Hatton shot three under on the back to sign for 69 and seize the clubhouse lead at four under. It almost worked.

Scheffler took the lead at five under with a 22-footer for par on 15, while Hovland bogeyed. Woodland erupted a few minutes later, draining a 24-footer for eagle on 16 to go six under.

But, as was the day's fashion, it fizzled. On 17, he made a double bogey out of the bunker, giving it all back.

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