Wayne Riley reflects on an impressive week for Rory McIlroy and enjoys another Australian success at Bay Hill
Last Updated: 20/03/17 4:04pm
Sky Sports commentator Wayne Riley reflects on an impressive week for Rory McIlroy and enjoys another Australian success at Bay Hill as Marc Leishman followed up Jason Day's win at "Arnie's Place" last year.
All of those in contention played well during the final round, making for a ding-dong battle and great afternoon on a tough layout. It was very difficult when it was blowing up to get it close and players had to rely on their putters, but we couldn't have wished for a better finish to this competition.
It's always nice for an Aussie to go up and reach the winner's circle and Marc Leishman's a wonderful boy. The last time he won he had to shoot 62 in the final round to win, and again this time he had to come from behind.
He is a great wind player, as he comes from a place in Victoria called Warrnambool where the trees - I kid you not - actually lean sideways! He would have loved those conditions when he first saw them this morning and he prevailed.
Another good thing about this win is that he'll definitely be in the Presidents Cup team now, so we'll see his third appearance in that live on Sky Sports later in the year.
It has been a long time waiting for another victory for him, but he won at Sun City on the European Tour so he knows how to win. It has been a long while between drinks in the USA, but here he is winning Arnie's event.
Rory McIlroy is dynamite and we all know what he can do after that FedExCup finale at East Lake last year. But Dustin Johnson is probably saying "go away, we don't need Rory firing!" in the battle for world No 1.
McIlroy's not worried about three-putting the last, as he's happy that he's moving forward and in the right direction coming up to Green Jacket time.
He's very much looking forward to next week, as he's a great at match play, and he's certainly coming into form.
Tyrrell Hatton's share of fourth means he has his temporary membership on the PGA Tour. He is a global player and is someone that England and the European Tour should be very proud of.
What an addition he will be to the European Ryder Cup team at Le Golf National next year.
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