|-9 Okay Kitayama (US); -8 H English (US), R McIlroy (NI); -7 P Cantlay (US), T Hatton (Eng), S Scheffler (US), J Spieth (US)|
|Chosen others: -5 J Day (Aus), V Hovland (Nor); -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); E D Willett (Eng)|
Rory McIlroy missed out on victory by one shot on the Arnold Palmer Invitational as Kurt Kitayama stored his composure to safe victory.
McIlroy missed a 10-foot birdie try on the 18th and completed on eight underneath after a final-round 70.
American Kitayama birdied the seventeenth to achieve 9 underneath and made a par on the final for his maiden PGA Tour win.
“I have been dreaming of this for some time,” he mentioned. “I have been shut and to lastly get it carried out feels superb.”
Kitayama produced a level-par 72 on the ultimate day which included 4 birdies, a bogey and a triple bogey.
McIlroy had 5 bogeys in his remaining spherical, which additionally contained seven birdies as he shot two underneath on the final day.
The Northern Irishman completed tied for second alongside American Harris English.
“It is disappointing,” mentioned McIlroy. “I felt like I gave myself an incredible likelihood after a birdie on the thirteenth after which to play the ultimate 5 holes in a single over par, with this jam-packed leaderboard, is not actually going to get it carried out.
“It was a battle all day. I felt like I hung in there rather well and simply got here up one quick ultimately.”
American Jordan Spieth hit 4 birdies in his first 5 holes however, whereas he had two additional birdies, he additionally produced 4 bogeys as he carded a remaining spherical of 70 to complete on seven underneath.
Defending champion Scottie Scheffler (73) was additionally on seven underneath, together with compatriot Patrick Cantlay (68) and England’s Tyrrell Hatton (72).