The 42-year-old wearing red on Sunday wouldn’t have beaten Rory McIlroy even if he hadn’t jerked his tee shot OB on 16 and slopped it around 17. He even said so: He knew he needed to play the last three holes in three-under to have a chance, and it wouldn’t have been enough.
Then there’s the big Swede from Sweden, who didn’t make big mistakes but was cautious with the lead, when he had it, and suddenly he didn’t.
The kid with the single-length irons wearing the Hogan hat drilled an eagle putt on 16 to get within one shot, and that wasn’t enough.
Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau were really good on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and they couldn’t touch McIlroy, who birdied five of the last six holes in a back-nine 31, good for 64 overall and a three-shot victory.
McIlroy didn’t win anywhere in the world last year after winning the $10 zillion FedEx Cup in 2016. But he’s healthy and cocky and he made everything he needed on the greens Sunday. And there’s this: He’s another little fucker who hits it a long ways.