Scottie Scheffler wins Arnold Palmer Invitational to secure his second title in three starts

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Scottie Scheffler had to overcome not only a stacked field to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but also some brutal conditions that left many of the worldโ€™s top golfers reeling from a grueling weekend of action.

Schefflerโ€™s gutsy win at Bay Hill was his second title in three starts after winning Februaryโ€™s Phoenix Open, victories that will push the 25-year-old American into the worldโ€™s top five for the first time.

Extra long rough and rapid greens were compounded by windy conditions over the weekend, but Scheffler recorded a bogey free back nine โ€“ including two impressive par saves on 15 and 16 โ€“ to take home the $2.16 million prize money.

โ€œIt feels great to be able to win here,โ€ Scheffler told reporters after finishing on five-under par, one clear of Viktor Hovland, Billy Horschel and Tyrrell Hatton.

โ€œTo be completely honest with you, right now Iโ€™m exhausted. This course is a total beatdown trying to play. Iโ€™m very pleased I didnโ€™t have to play any extra holes today.โ€

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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy hit eight-over par across the weekend to drop to one over for the tournament and a tie for 13th.

โ€œI feel punch drunk, to be honest,โ€ McIlroy, who at one point snapped a club in frustration, told reporters. โ€œItโ€™s like crazy golf. You just donโ€™t get rewarded for good shots. It can knock your confidence whenever the conditions are like this.โ€

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American Gary Woodland had a share of the lead going into the final two holes, but a costly double bogey on 17 meant he eventually dropped back to a tie for fifth on three-under.

โ€œIโ€™m glad Iโ€™m off that golf course, Iโ€™m glad Iโ€™m done,โ€ Woodland said. โ€œFrustrating. I played a lot better than the score showed. I can take a lot of positives, but it stings right now.โ€

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