Francesco Molinari wins The Open for 1st career major title

Paola Ditto
Luglio 23, 2018

"I told them I tried, and I said "hopefully you're proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did", he said.

"It's pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs and squeezes there".

"It would be ... better on Sunday", Woods said after his 5-under 66 to get back into the mix.

"The wind is supposed to pick up, so that might be a helping hand", said Fleetwood, who holds the course record at Carnoustie with a 63 at the Dunhill Championship a year ago and also shot 63 on the final day of the US Open last month to finish second behind Brooks Koepka.

Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge.

The 14-times major victor had to settle for a closing 71 and a 279 aggregate. "I need to go get it", Woods said.

A return to Akron, Ohio, is a consolation.

The sun was peeking out of the clouds and Woods was walking up the first fairway when one spectator, a beer in his hand, shouted: "Go on Tiger, we got your back".

The most important number for Woods is "15", though. There's only so many years remaining for a 42-year-old with a surgically-repaired back. Another poor swing followed and led to another bogey, and just like that, Woods was two shots behind and reeling.

One major, any major, would be the most meaningful title of his career, and he suggested this week that his best chance would come in an Open, where oldies-but-goodies Tom Watson (age 59) and Greg Norman (53) have almost stolen the claret jug over the past decade. His birdie on the 72nd hole solidified his win as the first Italian to win a major championship. It's been five years since Woods' last win and a decade since he won a major. "But it's still great to have him back".

But plagued by back problems and four surgeries starting in 2014, this was just his 10th major championship start in that time period.

However, the 42-year-old 14-time major victor had his rivals rattled when he grabbed the lead thanks to two birdies on the front nine while they were dropping shots. 1 and 2 in the world, missed the cut.

"It's unbelievable to stand here with the Claret Jug".

Now at a career-best No. 6 in the world, he has won three times and been runner-up twice in his last six tournaments.

Carnoustie - Italy's Francesco Molinari emerged from the pack in a thrilling finale at Carnoustie to win The Open on Sunday, seeing off the challenges of reigning champion Jordan Spieth and a revived Tiger Woods to win the first major of his career. But while Molinari was making nine pars on the front nine, Woods was making an early move. "But they played very well, and congratulations to them". But here Tiger was, just eight holes away from completing one of the more momentous comebacks in sports.

McIlroy sparked a frantic finish with a monster eagle at the par-five 14th, which briefly led to a six-way tie, but a missed 15-footer for birdie at the last meant he could only tie Rose's then clubhouse lead of six under, a score the Englishman reached with a classy birdie at the 18th. "I couldn't watch Xander play the last two holes, to be honest", he said. He saved par from greenside bunkers on Nos.

Justin Rose, who made a birdie on the 18th hole Friday to make the cut, was 2 under through 8 holes.

Woods was at 7 under, in control of his game and hitting shots that only he can. If he can pull this off, it would be "stuff dreams are made of'". Schauffele made double bogey on the next hole, leaving one in the wispy grass, another over the green.

Tiger Woods of the USA watches his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the British Open at Carnoustie. It felt like old times, as everyone Woods was chasing began to collapse. Schauffele is 25. Spieth will celebrate his 25th birthday next week. He thought he would have to reach 9 under par to have a chance, but the leaderboard bunched up as the leaders struggled. Schauffele called it "chaotic". "I had a chance to win a major championship". "It was a little bit louder probably when he did that than today was", Schauffele said.

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