Earlier in his career, Molinari, admittedly, lacked the killer instinct to deliver such a final-round performance.
The world number six had a fruitless day on the greens, making just one putt outside 10 feet compared to five (and a chip in) from Molinari. His five-shot comeback was the largest at Bay Hill since Woods in 2009, which he won with a birdie from 15 feet on the 18th hole.
The final day began with a clear indication that Tiger is ready to return at the Players Championship this week despite his neck injury.
"It's great, to do it here, to get it done here at this place knowing that my wife and the kids were watching back home, it's just a special, special one", Molinari said of his victory.
"I know the clubs are good for me and I started this week - it's insane to do it here, to get it done here, at Arnie's place, knowing that my wife and my kids were watching it back home, it's just a special, special one".
Molinari said he didn't approach the final round with any special ideas of clawing his way back, instead seeking opportunities as they came along. "I think sort of protecting my position a little bit".
He started so far back that Molinari finished almost two hours before the round ended.
They all booked berths in the Claret Jug event through the Arnold Palmer Invitational being part of The Open Qualifying Series for the first time.
Molinari made almost 150-feet of putts on Sunday, including the 44-footer at the closing hole, an 18-footer at the 13th, and a 21-footer at the first. McIlroy and last week's victor Keith Mitchell highlighted a group of four at eight under.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (69) ended the tournament in a three-way tie for third place, alongside Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Im Sung-jae (68) at nine under. McIlroy finished at eight under and tied for sixth, amazingly his worst finish of 2019. "The course was firm and fast [Saturday] and I knew it wasn't going to be easy for the guys in the lead, so I thought there was an outside chance".
Molinari pointed to the first of his last four victories for sparking his turnaround.
Now, after a significant rest, Molinari has one more trophy to add to his collection with the Masters only a month away.
Molinari, normally known for his roped irons and tight wedges, actually finished with much better driving and putting numbers than he did with his irons. "He's obviously holed a lot of putts to do that because you can't get close to these pins".
"Finding motivation was easy after previous year", Molinari said. "So from there I started building my confidence and just saying I could get it done". The Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour.
The 36-year-old is on fire after an outstanding 2018 season in which he won European Tour's Race to Dubai, became the first Italian to bag a major when he triumphed at The Open and was the driving force of Europe's victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.
Paedo Pell gets six years
His conviction has rocked the Catholic Church, where he had been one of the Pope's closest advisers. Pell maintained his innocence throughout and has filed an appeal, which is set to be heard in June.
'Game of Thrones' final season episode lengths revealed
Well, we're back with a new week and now the second season of Game of Thrones is available in iTunes for $9.99 CAD . The second installment, airing on April 21, will be 58 minutes long, while third episode is exactly an hour long.
Doctor tells man he’s dying via video rebot
Kaiser Permanente Senior Vice-President Michelle Gaskill-Hames issued a statement following the passing of Mr. She said Mr Quintana had passed away with his family by his side and the compassion he deserved.
Israeli authorities to reopen Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Israel closed the structure in 2003, claiming it was used by a heritage organization with ties to the Hamas militant group. Two Palestinian minors were arrested and police were seen shoving and wrestling several people to the ground.
Packers signing Adrian Amos away from Bears
Too often in recent years, the Packers haven't had a good enough pass rush on third down to consistently win on third down. The newly anointed duo of Smith and Smith should give the Packers the two starting outside linebackers they need.
Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr
Clearly, even with Beckham and budding star Saquon Barkley leading the way, the Giants still struggled this past season. If available, the 49ers certainly would be interested in discussions with the Giants to add Odell Beckham Jr .
Brexit breakthrough as May secures win
That Britain has been in a fix since the "yes" vote on Brexit 33 months ago has no two opinions. If they turn down that option they will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit.