While he came from two behind to win from the penultimate group at Bay Hill past year, carding a blistering 64 to triumph by three, it was Open champion Molinari (36) who closed with an eight-under 64 this time to win his third PGA Tour title by two strokes from overnight leader Matt Fitzpatrick, who shot 71, on 12-under.
"I didn't play very well today, I struggled a little bit, I didn't feel comfortable with my swing but I managed to keep it in play and hit some good shots when I needed to". But the reigning British Open champion got off to an ideal start, making four birdies on the front nine to turn in 32 and put himself square in contention.
"I know that I can shoot low scores pretty much on every golf course ..." "It was really awesome to see".
Wilson finished with a birdie on the 18th for a 10-under total of 206, putting him one shot clear of a quartet of players that included second-round leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France, who shot a 71.
McIlroy, who was one off the lead going into the final round, has now failed to capitalise from the last nine occasions he has played in the final group on a Sunday but he is upbeat ahead of this week's Players Championship. "Obviously, Arnie was such a global icon, and this tournament was one that we watched, my brother and myself, at home many times - watching Tiger making that putt on 18". "It's a special, special one".
Beginning with this week's Players Championship, Molinari enters the heart of the schedule poised to make more Sunday memories.
"It's hard to point a finger at one thing", Molinari said.
The frustrated 48-year-old American, who hit an opening-round 68, said that he would play a practice round on Tuesday before deciding whether to compete in next week's Players Championship. He has never won a PGA Tour event, but has a strong record on the European Tour with five victories.
The left-handed Dagar, who has been playing well in Australia in her rookie season, was aided by an eagle on par-5 third hole to card two-under 69 on the heels of a 67 a round earlier. "But the condition of the greens is fantastic and they have been all week, so I think that that's what make it's so great". "Hopefully I can continue and bring that into tomorrow as well". "As a junior golfer I wasn't even the best golfer in Italy, so it's been a long journey since and step by step".
Now, after a significant rest, Molinari has one more trophy to add to his collection with the Masters only a month away. When I won previous year, playing with Rory in the last few groups, it wasn't easy at all. But it didn't take him long to figure it out.
"I don't normally leave the flag in", Bradley told PGA Tour Radio. But Shannon, who's worked with more than 150 tour pros, already has been conducting research with local players that shows a trend in how the flagstick is seen both as a benefit and a detriment.