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Scottie Scheffler wins Arnold Palmer Invitational for first tour victory in nearly a year

Posted : 11 March 2024

Scottie Scheffler, the World No. 1, secured a commanding five-stroke victory at the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, marking his first tour win in nearly a year. The 2022 Masters champion delivered a flawless six-under par 66, concluding the 72 holes at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida, with an impressive total of 15-under 273.


This performance was sufficient to outshine the runner-up, reigning US Open champion Wyndham Clark, who finished on 278 after a closing 70, while Ireland's Shane Lowry, the 2019 British Open champion, secured the third spot with a total of 279 after a closing 72.


Scheffler expressed satisfaction with his performance, stating, "I played a good round of golf," and emphasized his focus on maintaining momentum throughout the game. Unfazed by competitors, he strategically avoided frequent glances at the leaderboards and concentrated on his game plan.


The victory marked Scheffler's seventh career PGA Tour triumph, the first since the previous year's Players Championship – a title he now aims to defend in the upcoming week.


Reigning world No. 1 Scheffler's achievement at Bay Hill has historical significance, making him the first in over a decade to win there since Tiger Woods in 2009. Acknowledging Scheffler's prowess, runner-up Wyndham Clark praised the new champion, recognizing his exceptional ability to shoot a final-round 66.


Looking ahead, Clark speculated that if Scheffler excels in putting, he could be a formidable force, potentially dominating tournaments consistently.


Scheffler, not deterred by his winless period over the past 12 months, attributed his success to sticking with his process and maintaining a positive attitude. The victory, Scheffler's second Palmer crown in three seasons, has instilled confidence as he sets his sights on the Players Championship.


Reflecting on the significance of winning Arnold Palmer's tournament, Scheffler expressed deep appreciation, stating, "Any time you can win Arnie's tournament, it's pretty special. He meant a lot to the game of golf. It's truly an honor to win here."


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