2021
It was no surprise when Bryson DeChambeau emerged as the 2021 winner. He not only arrived at Bay Hill as the reigning U.S. Open champion and perhaps the hottest player on the PGA TOUR at that time but...

It was no surprise when Bryson DeChambeau emerged as the 2021 winner. He not only arrived at Bay Hill as the reigning U.S. Open champion and perhaps the hottest player on the PGA TOUR at that time but also carried a brief but impressive record of past appearances at the course. Following up his best-ever showing by an amateur – tied 27th – in 2016 in his first start as U.S. Amateur champion, he posted second and fourth-place finishes in his subsequent three pro appearances before staking out his one-stroke victory in 2021.

DeChambeau needed only a one-under-par 71 Sunday amid difficult playing conditions in which the field average was 75.486 strokes, the highest since 1980 when the tournament endured bitter winter weather. His 71 was one of three posted, the only sub-par rounds of the day.

He had been close to the lead all week, a shot behind co-leaders Rory McIlroy and Corey Conners the first day and three back of Conners’ 135 after 36 holes. Lee Westwood jumped into the picture with a 65 Saturday, taking a one-stroke lead over DeChambeau and Conners with his 205 and setting up a tight finish against DeChambeau and Conners for the 47-year-old Englishman, playing in his 14th tournament at Bay Hill. All three men played steady golf into the back nine, where Bryson holed a vital, 50-foot par putt on the 11th hole and took the lead for good when Lee three-putted the 14th.

DeChambeau closed out his eighth PGA TOUR victory when he dropped a five-foot par putt on the 18th green to match Westwood’s courageous, two-putt par from 65 feet after his solid tee shot wound up in a fairway divot. Conners, who remained in contention most of the round, bogied the last hole and finished third at 280, three shots behind the winning 277.

You must play boldly to win. Arnold Palmer