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DeChambeau pips Westwood in Bay Hill Thriller

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Bryson DeChambeau is at the top of the FedExCup standings after his second win of the season at Bay Hill. Game partner Lee Westwood is just short of his offer for a first PGA Tour win since 2010

Last updated: 7/21/21 11:26 PM

Bryson DeChambeau had a thrilling finals with Lee Westwood to secure a one-stroke win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The US Open champion scored a one-under-71 on an exciting Sunday at Bay Hill to end the week at 11 under and claim a second win of the PGA Tour season. He was thus at the top of the FedExCup ranking.

DeChambeau finished a shot ahead of front runner Westwood, who mixed two birdies with three bogeys in a final -73, and Canada’s Corey Conners in third after two over 74s.

Lee Westwood, a 25-time European Tour winner, was looking for his first PGA Tour title since the 2010 St Jude Classic

Lee Westwood, a 25-time European Tour winner, was looking for his first PGA Tour title since the 2010 St Jude Classic

Jordan Spieth turned three of his last four holes, finishing fourth alongside Andrew Putnam and Richy Werenski, while Tyrrell Hatton scored a five-over-77 to end his title defense with a share of 21.

DeChambeau narrowly avoided getting out of hand from the first tee en route to a bogey with an opening hole, and took a nine-foot hole to save on the third par where Westwood couldn’t convert from a similar distance and after one wild ride dropped a shot.

Bryson DeChambeau drove laps of 67, 71, 68 and 71 to secure the Bay Hill win

Bryson DeChambeau drove laps of 67, 71, 68 and 71 to secure the Bay Hill win

A 35-foot birdie on the fourth time gave DeChambeau the lead, and Westwood missed the opportunity to get a shot 10 feet away on the next before both players screwed the par-5 sixth in entirely different ways.

DeChambeau smashed a 377 yard drive across the water into a fairway bunker and recovered from missing the green by four feet on his second chip while Westwood paced up and down from much further back for his own birdie close.

0:51 Bryson DeChambeau took the aggressive route across the water on Bay Hill’s legendary par-5 sixth and settled less than 90 yards from the flag.

Bryson DeChambeau took the aggressive route across the water on Bay Hill’s legendary par-5 sixth and settled less than 90 yards from the flag.

The Englishman dropped a shot on the seventh to get back on turn one and caught himself from a distance of seven feet on the tenth so as not to fall further back, while DeChambeau drained a 50-foot shot to save on the next par after almost finding water from the tee and sending his approach to the sand.

Westwood took a 30-foot birdie on the 12th and responded to a three-putt bogey on the edge of the 14th green by doing a 20-foot birdie to crawl a par on the next, but then no 6- Foot birdie opportunity converted at par-5 16th.

DeChambeau rescued on par 16 after being stuck in a bunker and forced to lie down to have a head start before lifting from six feet to save par and take an eighth PGA Tour win.

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