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Jason Day (pictured above) won the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final round 70 to finish at -17, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell (pictured below.)
Day struggled with three birdies and three bogeys throughout the front nine and he actually trailed Kevin Chappell, who was looking for his first PGA Tour win, for most of the back nine. A faultless back nine saw Day reclaim his lead when he birdied the 17th and Chappell bogeyed 18. As the players walked to the 18th, Day’s playing partner Troy Merritt (pictured below) had a chance to force a play off but he hit his second shot into the water and knocked himself out of contention. Day then drained a five foot putt to claim his eighth PGA Tour victory with a total of 271 and clinch his first victory since the BMW Championship in September.
Henrik Stenson and Merritt tied for third place at -14 as Day became the first wire-to-wire winner at Bay Hill since Fred Couples in 1992. In doing so, Day banked the $1.134 million winner’s check to record an extremely satisfying victory as he said, “It means the world. I had a text from Tiger this morning and I just grinded it out today. It wasn’t the best day that I had, but just being able to get it done when I wasn’t quite on.”
Here’s a few other photos from the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational: