Francesco Molinari wins Open Championship to become first Italian major champion

Paola Ditto
Luglio 23, 2018

Tiger Woods at one moment looked like completing an astonishing fairytale comeback when he led the British Open in the final round on Sunday but ultimately came up short, posting a level par 71 to finish five-under for the tournament.

Jordan Spieth's chances of a good night's sleep after the three-time major victor squandered another chance for victory with a terrible final round of 76.

But there are five players between him and the outright lead - and what amounts to two threesomes tied with him.

Through all that, Molinari never flinched.

His charge was a 2-under 69 in the strongest wind of the week, the only player from the last four groups to break par. He made a birdie on 14 and another clutch birdie on 18.

Steady opening rounds of 70 and 72 took him into the weekend, before a stunning 65 on Saturday propelled him into contention.

His success ends a run of five consecutive majors being won by Americans, and confirms an incredible run of form for Molinari after his victory at the PGA Championship at Wentworth in England in May and a first PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National recently.

Then, he waited in the trailer to see if anyone could catch him. Amazingly, all three of those players made double-bogeys over the first seven holes; Spieth, the defending champion, shot 76 to drop to a tie for ninth. Schauffele chopped up the next hole for double bogey.

"Congratulations to the runners up, it's been a tough fight". "But there can only be one victor".

"I got beaten up around here a few times already in the past".

"I have such a big team behind me, each one of them has been a massive part of the journey, so thank you for all your work".

The yellow grass of a dry summer in Scotland comes to life Sunday because of a red shirt at the British Open. The roars for his two birdies could be heard from all corners of Carnoustie.

And just like the Woods of old, the players he was chasing started to collapse. He was tied there with third round co-leader Kevin Kisner.

Spieth made double-bogey on the sixth hole after taking an unplayable lie. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots you just have to hit it straight. From a pot bunker on the 10th hole, he took a bold and vicious swing to get it over the lip, over the burn and to the front edge of the green.

Then his tee shot went right, and his second shot veered way left. He sent his second shot into the gallery, with the ball rebounding out into the rough.

Woods appeared to be in position to take another stroke off his score on No. 5, but his approach shot rolled away from the hole, leaving him with about a 30-foot putt.

"I probably would have felt sick watching on TV", he said. "I had a chance starting that back nine to do something, and I didn't do it".

Woods also birdied No. 14 - after playing a pitch shot from the back of the green that is shared with No. 4 - to move back to 5 under, two off Molinari. Molinari has been a professional golfer since 2005 and a victor since 2006, but here at the age of 35, he's playing some of the best golf of his career.

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