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Late eagle carries Leishman to victory at Bay Hill

By DOUG FERGUSON
March 19, 2017 at 11:49 p.m.

Marc Leishman of Australia watches his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Marc Leishman of Australia holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead, and he stayed there with two tough pars to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earn a trip to the Masters.

Leishman pitch from 45 yards short of the 18th green rolled out to 3 feet, and he made the par putt for a 3-under 69.

Kevin Kisner had a three-shot lead at the turn, but he didn't make a birdie over his final 11 holes.

Rory McIlroy made a late charge and tied for the lead with a wild birdie around a tree and over the water on the 16th hole, only to three-putt the final hole from 30 feet.

It was the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since the death last September of the tournament host.

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