Stenson unhappy with PGA Officials

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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has expressed his disappointment at PGA Officials who he feels unnecessarily rushed him tom complete his final round at the Arnold Palmer invitational.

Two late mistakes ended-up costing Stenson who entered the day two-strokes clear of the field at Bay Hill, the win.

Despite dropping down the leader board early in his round, he rallied back and had his nose in front with four holes remaining.

Stenson then three-putted the 15th for a bogey and did the same for par on the 16th after finding the green in two.

Eventual winner Matt Every took sank a 15 feet birdie putt on the 18th to complete a closing 66, which made him the third player in the tournament’s history to successfully defend the title.

Stenson was notably unhappy at being timed for slow play on the back nine.

“I’m obviously a little disappointed with the outcome,” said the Ryder Cup star.

“I’m as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch.

“It’s busy enough trying to close out a golf tournament and to play the finishing holes without being on the clock. I did not see the reason for that really.”

World number one Rory McIlroy finished eight shots behind the winner after a closing 70, but expressed his satisfaction with his form ahead of his bid to win a third major title in succession and complete the career grand slam in next month’s Masters at Augusta.

“I feel like I got what I wanted out of the week, four good competitive rounds,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“I saw some progress on some of the things I was working on last week. I still need to work on some things ahead of Augusta.

“I am excited going there with the opportunity to achieve three in a row, the career grand slam. It’s a nice position to be in.

“I’m going to embrace it, try not to build it up too much. I know it’s a big deal but hopefully I can get my game as good as I possibly can.”

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