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Friday 22 September 2017

Rory McIlroy to play in Arnold Palmer Invitational

Rory McIlroy throws his ball into the crowd after winning the Dubai Desert Classic
Rory McIlroy throws his ball into the crowd after winning the Dubai Desert Classic
Jason Day won a four-way play-off to claim victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pine
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Rory McILROY has confirmed that he will make his first appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill next month as part of his build-up to the Masters.

The reigning Open and PGA champion will return to action in the Honda Classic later this month, before featuring in the WGC-Cadillac Championship the following weekend.

Elsewhere, Jason Day won a four-way play-off to claim victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Day was tied with JB Holmes, Harris English and Scott Stallings on nine under par at the end of the fourth round and, after Stallings and English were eliminated on the first hole of the play-off, Day capitalised on a mistake from Holmes to clinch victory.

The win sees the 27-year-old Australian move up to fourth in the world rankings.

Holmes and English had begun the day in a share of the lead but played defensively as they both went round in par 72, with Holmes particularly conservative when he chose to lay it up on the par-five 18th.

That allowed Day and Stallings to make up ground with rounds of 70 and 69 respectively, with Stallings making an eagle on the par-five 13th.

Day only just hung on for his 70, having over-hit a chip on the 18th which appeared to be heading for the water before stopping short.

Stallings and English quickly ran into trouble when the play-off began on the 18th hole and Holmes and Day made birdies to eliminate them. Then, on the par-three 16th, Holmes over-hit his tee shot and wound up with a bogey, allowing Day to two-putt for the win.

Meanwhile, three-time Major winner Billy Casper has died at the age of 83.

Irish Independent

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