Incredible to see it going in.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy carded 72 for equal sixth, four strokes behind Molinari. I get into the events that I'd like to be into again, the schedules change, I'm no longer having to pick and choose.
"I just went to the locker room and watched the golf, " Molinari said.
"I said this after I won the Open Championship past year: I didn't enjoy it that half an hour at all and I didn't enjoy [Sunday] at all watching the other guys".
"I'm playing well", McIlroy said after a tie for sixth, his worst finish this year. He was five behind going into the final round and nobody gave him a chance but he produced a grandstand finish, holing a 40-foot putt on the 72nd green for a 12-under-par winning total of 276 and a two-shot victory.
"I'm delighted for solo second, but I just felt like the way I played and the way I was hitting it I could have been a little more aggressive".
Molinari began the most impressive victory run of his career last May at Wentworth with the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, followed up July 1 with an eight-stroke victory at the National for his first US PGA title, then struck three weeks later for his first major title at Carnoustie.
"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". "So it's still a bit unreal to think that I've done kind of the same today".
"I would have needed to go out there to shoot 67 to better him, which would have been one of the best scores of the day, and anything under 70 out there this afternoon was a great score".
Molinari bogey-free gem was 13 shots better than playing partner Billy Horschel, almost eight shots better than the field average and two shots better than anyone on Sunday.
"I probably played too safe".
The 36-year-old won by two shots from Fitzpatrick, with Molinari's Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood a shot further back alongside Rafa Cabrera Bello and Korea's Sungjae Im.
British Open champion Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt - and leaving the flag stick in the cup.
"Watching Tiger making that putt on 18".
It was more of the same on the back nine, with Molinari getting out of every pinch without dropping a shot.
Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and Hoag Classic, featuring Francesco Molinari, David Toms, Adam Schenk, Rickie Fowler, and D.A. Points.
The reason for that is - if a high-owned basketball player flops, he likely still provided you with some production, unless he left the game early or gets scratched.
We really knew something special was going on by the time Molinari made the turn. "I took a longer break after previous year".
McIlroy doesn't have long to wait to get back into contention as he tees it up at TPC Sawgrass this week in The Players Championship. The PGA Tour's four showcase groupings featured several players with lower rankings and lesser recent form than Molinari, who played the first two rounds with journeymen Brice Garnett and Ted Potter, Jr.