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McIlroy scoops massive win at Bay Hill

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Rory McIlroy has scooping his first victory in 18 months at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - and admitted he had missed the feeling of chasing a win.

The 28-year-old carded a final round of 64 at Bay Hill in Florida, with five birdies on the final six holes to finish on 18 under par.

It put him three shots ahead of his nearest rival Bryson De Chambeau, and ensured he will be among the leading contenders at next month's Masters.

The Northern Irishman told Sky Sportsgolf: "I played a perfect round of golf.

"It was awesome to feel the buzz of being somewhere around the lead going into the back nine and reeling off those four birdies in a row."

"I've missed it, I really have missed it, and to play the sort of golf that I played today under that pressure, I'm really proud of myself and just so happy to win."

A particularly impressive 18th hole saw McIlroy hole a putt from more than 25 feet - prompting him to raise his arms aloft in celebration.

McIlroy's last victory came in September 2016 when he won the FedEx Cup. There he had carded a final round of 64 - on the same day that Arnold Palmer died.