McIlroy rues final bogey at Arnold Palmer Invitational

The Hollywood golfer finished in fourth place at Bay Hill

McIlroy rues final bogey at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Rory McIlroy's bid to win his first Arnold Palmer Invitational, ended with a bogey on the final hole at Bay Hill.

The World number three, finished in a tie for fourth in -9. He finished two shots behind Marc Leishman. The Australian only took the lead, after an eagle on the 16th hole.

McIlroy's round was one of the best of the final round, but the three-putt on the final hole, ruined any chance of winning the tournament, the first since the passing of Palmer.

"I saw Leishman had made eagle on 16 to go to 11, so I definitely gave the putt a run, that's for sure", McIlroy said after the round. "But a bit too much of a run. But these things happen. But I'm pleased with how I went."

"I gave it a good run today, I played well, a lot of positives to take going into obviously match play next week but ultimately Augusta in a few weeks time."

Still waiting for his first win of 2017, but McIlroy says his game is in "pretty good shape" ahead of the Masters next month.

"I had a second in South Africa at the start of the year, felt like I started off pretty good. And then a 7th in Mexico and was playing in the final group for the last two days. And then here I'm going to finish Top-5 or whatever it is. So it's been good. I haven't had the win that I've wanted, but it's been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead."