Late eagle carries Leishman to victory at Bay Hill

Marc Leishman, of Australia, holds the championship trophy as his son Oliver, 3, jumps up to slap it after Leishman won the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Marc Leishman of Australia holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead, and he stayed there with two tough pars to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earn a trip to the Masters.

Leishman pitch from 45 yards short of the 18th green rolled out to 3 feet, and he made the par putt for a 3-under 69.

Kevin Kisner had a three-shot lead at the turn, but he didn’t make a birdie over his final 11 holes.

Rory McIlroy made a late charge and tied for the lead with a wild birdie around a tree and over the water on the 16th hole, only to three-putt the final hole from 30 feet.

It was the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since the death last September of the tournament host.