Golf highlights: Francesco Molinari shoots final-round 64 in march to Arnold Palmer Invitational glory

Golf highlights: Francesco Molinari shoots final-round 64 in march to Arnold Palmer Invitational glory

Francesco Molinari produced a stunning final-round 64 to claim the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

The Italian began the day five shots behind fellow Europeans Matthew Fitzpatrick and Rory McIlroy, but the reigning Open champion charged up the leaderboard thanks to a flawless eight-under-par round and set the daunting clubhouse target of 12 under.

However, it proved to be too much for the chasing pack as Fitzpatrick finished two shots further back in outright second, while fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, who led at the halfway stage, and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello were in a tie for third at nine under.

Speaking after the win, Molinari said: “I tried to be aggressive from the start and it was nice to see quite a lot of putts dropping… especially for my standards.

“I think it’s been the best putting round ever in my career. And it’s nice to do it, obviously in those circumstances, at Arnie’s place.

“And I don’t know, there must be something going on with that line (on 18), because it seems that a lot of guys winning the tournament make that putt.”

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