Open result will sting for a little bit, says Woods

Paola Ditto
Luglio 23, 2018

He ended up with a deflating double-bogey that knocked him out of the lead. He had to settle for a 71.

While Spieth, Schauffele and Kisner endured a rollercoaster ride across the sun-blasted links, as if spooked by the presence of a resurgent Woods, Molinari cranked out 13 consecutive pars before making his move.

"You knew you'd have three, four good looks at birdies, and the rest of the holes, you were just going to try to position it to make par".

Playing his round with Tiger Woods on this final day of the Open, it had been the American who once looked primed to claim what would have been a spectacular win. They ran out of holes.

Daughter Sam, aged 11, and son Charlie, nine, were too young to see their dad in his pomp but they greeted him with a hug behind the 18th green after he finished three shots behind Molinari, who finished his round in style with a close-range birdie.

Kevin Chappell (73) missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th that would have tied him for the lead, and then misfired into a gorse bush on the 17th to take double bogey.

Molinari raised his fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis.

Early on Sunday, that old familiar Tiger charge - missing for several years due to personal problems and back issues - seemed to be on the cards as the packed gallery appeared to energise him. At one point, he went over to the practice green, but not to prepare for a playoff. "I remember having a shower and brushing my teeth so I'd say I was fine". He said that by next year at the 2019 Open in Northern Ireland, this Sunday where he sailed calmly above madness might even have sunk in.

"To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable". I was calm - you know, as calm as you can be playing in the last round of a major close to the lead, playing with Tiger.

"It didn't feel any different to be next to the lead and knowing what I need to do, " he said.

Another poor swing followed and led to another bogey, and just like that, Woods was two shots behind.

His red shirt blazing against the yellow grass of a dry Scottish summer, Woods hit driver into the wind on the par-4 fourth to set up birdie.

And just like the Woods of old, the players he was chasing started to collapse. Spieth was moving along without any mistakes until he went bogey, double-bogey on the fifth and sixth holes.

Schauffele had to hole out a wedge on the final hole and checked up well short of the hole.

Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead at Carnoustie as he tries to become the first repeat victor in 10 years at the British Open. He has won The Open Championship, still known colloquially to many as the British Open, three times, including back to back triumphs in 2005 and 2006.

"I talked to Serena [Williams, last week at Wimbledon]".

It might sting even worse for Spieth.

When a 25-foot birdie putt trundled across the ninth green and into the cup things to get very interesting.

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