McIlroy fades at Bay Hill as title defense slips away

Matthew Fitzpatrick

"I said this after I won the Open Championship a year ago, I didn't enjoy it that half an hour at all, and I didn't enjoy today at all watching the other guys".

"It's a pretty iconic putt", he said.

The new Rules of Golf allow the flag to be left in for putts in the green, and most players leave it there on long putts. "You can still hit to 30 feet, 40 feet and just have a perfectly great putt, just because they're so good". "I've seen so many putts on TV like that and to do it yourself it's really fantastic". It led to a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But he made too many course management errors from there, failing to birdie either the par-five fourth or sixth with irons in his hand.

Perhaps it was only fitting that the claret jug was at Bay Hill, which served as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

He is one of three players sharing third, England's Matt Wallace and American Kevin Kisner also at that mark after a day of hard conditions at the Bay Hill Club course. He's finished inside the top-10 eight times in his last 11 starts.

Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain, who led after a first-round 66, totaled 70 and is another stroke down in a tie for sixth with Chris Kirk (66), Luke List (68), Charles Howell III (69) and 36-round co-leader Keegan Bradley (75), who made a 34-foot putt on the final hole.

"Today I felt I hit the ball better than the first three day but I hit a couple of bad shots at the wrong time and you can't do that at Bay Hill", Baddeley said. "I guess I've become a lot more comfortable with the fact I'm going to fail more times than I succeed at that certain conquest or whatever you want to call it". According to NBC Sports, Molinari made a PGA Tour-career-best 146 1/2 feet of putts in the final round.

It was a tough day at the office for their dad, who not only squandered a chance to claim his first PGA Tour win in three years but also an automatic exemption to this year's British Open - awarded to the top-three finishers not already exempt.

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"Probably have to say my best putting round ever".

Granted, he had a share of the lead in only one of those, but still ... eight times as one of the best, most talented players on the planet, he failed to stare down and chase down the leader on a Sunday. He regained the lead with a birdie on No. 4, un aware of all the action on the other side of the course. He had gone out on a tough day and performed at a level no one came close to matching.

McIlroy will saddle back up this coming week at the Players Championship, where he'll have yet another chance to alter the annoying narrative that will follow him until he redirects it.

NBC analyst Paul Azinger said one aspect of McIlroy's game was not quite sharp enough.

"You're not going to get frustrated playing good golf, " he said. "I started building my confidence and seeing I could get it done".

Molinari closed with a 62 to blow away the field in the Quicken Loans National. He would bogey his final hole to finish the week at two under, having given four shots back over the last two holes.

McIlroy was full of praise for his European Ryder Cup team-mate Molinari, who also edged the Northern Irishman to victory in last year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. And he delivered a charge that was most appropriate on Palmer's home course.

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