Matt Every defends his Bay Hill crown

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Matt Every secured his second consecutive Arnold Palmer Invitational title at Bay Hill in Florida as he edged out Henrik Stenson by one shot on Sunday.

The 31-year-old American held his nerve as he rolled in a 15-foot putt on the final hole to secure a final round seven-birdie 66 and finished on 19-under 269 for the tournament.

Every stole in after Sweden’s Stenson, who was a shot ahead with four holes to play, slipped up by three-putting at the 15th and 16th to record a final round 70.

Every told Sky Sports: “Last year I just made everything but this year I was driving it really well and my irons were spot on.

“I kind of had a feeling. I was shaking some of those putts in but the one on 18, straight downhill, that’s what you want when under pressure so that was nice.

“I looked over it pretty hard and didn’t see anything, and it was a great putt to have because I wasn’t going to come up short. You’ll take a win however you get it but it was cool to close one out like that.”

Australian Matt Jones birdied three of the final four holes to finish in third place, while halfway leader Morgan Hoffmann saw his bid for the title drop away after the turn having made a strong start with five birdies in the opening eight holes.

World number one Rory McIlroy, who is trying to rediscover his best form ahead of next month’s Masters at Augusta, which he is 5.76 to win while the Field is 1.14, finished tied for 11th on 11 under after a mixed round in which he hit four birdies and two bogeys.

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