Arnold Palmer Invitational 2021: Bryson DeChambeau Edges Lee Westwood for Win

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 7, 2021

Bryson DeChambeau hits a shot from the third tee during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Following a tight race atop the leaderboard heading into Sunday, Bryson DeChambeau emerged as the victor of the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Golf Course in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. 

The 27-year-old held off Lee Westwood to earn his first win of the year and eighth of his career. 

DeChambeau and Westwood were neck-and-neck through the front nine, and by the time they approached the final four holes, it essentially became a match-play outing for the duo, who remained one stroke apart once DeChambeau broke the tie.   

After a tough start to hole No. 16, Westwood had his best chance to take the lead, but both golfers parred to keep the standings in place with two holes to go. 

On No. 18, Westwood got caught in a divot on his drive, all but ending his chance to catch DeChambeau. 


A terrible break. @WestwoodLee's tee shot on 18 finds a divot in the fairway. https://t.co/0B3YSjL56S


Corey Conners, who entered the day in a two-way tie for second place, worked his way back into the hunt with an eagle on No. 16 but eventually finished in third. 


Third eagle of the week on No. 16. 👏 @CoreConn is the 5th player to make 3 eagles on the 16th hole in an event at @APInv since 1983. He's 1 back. #QuickHits https://t.co/KhgMY7ORN5

Entering the final day of play, four golfers were within two strokes of each other atop the leaderboard. Westwood held the lead at 11 under, trailed by DeChambeau and Conners in a two-way tie for second at 10 under. Keegan Bradley and Jordan Spieth were in a tie for fourth place at nine under.


Final Leaderboard and Prize Payouts

Win: Bryson DeChambeau (-11): $1,674,000

2: Lee Westwood (-10): $1,013,700

3: Corey Conners (-8): $641,700

T4: Andrew Putnam, Richy Werenski, Jordan Spieth (-6): $391,375

7: Christiaan Bezuidenhout (-5): $313,875

T8: Chris Kirk, Jason Kokrak (-4): $281,325

Full leaderboard via PGATour.com

Prize payouts via Golf Digest.

Westwood climbed to the top of the field from 11th place on Saturday, and had his lead held, he would have become the oldest international winner on the PGA Tour in more than four decades.

A day after DeChambeau hit the longest drive on the No. 6 hole since 2003 with a 370-yard bomb on Saturday, he had an even longer drive on Sunday at 377 yards, eventually putting for birdie and securing his share of the lead. 


Drive: 377 yards. Distance to the pin: 88 yards. @B_DeChambeau does it again at No. 6. #QuickHits https://t.co/HYSyDvQCMm

It wasn't just his drives that were the key to his success on Sunday—DeChambeau was also strong once he hit the green, even draining a par-saving 49-foot putt on No. 11 that helped him maintain his lead for a bit longer. 


Plugged in the bunker. 49 feet for par ... @B_DeChambeau maintains his 1-shot lead @APInv. #QuickHits https://t.co/jeM7LDfSPM

The draw at the top finally broke on No. 14 when Westwood recorded his third bogey of the day to fall one behind DeChambeau, who parred. 


The rough doesn't seem to faze @B_DeChambeau. He leads by 1 with 3 holes to play @APInv. #QuickHits https://t.co/tkEJzV4t4i

While Westwood and DeChambeau battled for the lead, Spieth used a string of pars on six straight holes to hold a tie for third place with Conners before a bogey on No. 15 sent him down to fifth.

Elsewhere, Kristoffer Ventura, who finished in a tie for 36th, notched the third ace of the weekend. 

apinv @APinv

ACE 🤩 @krisventura95 makes the third hole-in-one of the weekend on 14. https://t.co/YytJDBn2g5


Next up is The Players Championship, which will be held at TPC Sawgrass next weekend.