Francesco Molinari completes his Italian job by winning Open title

US golfer Tiger Woods reacts to holing his putt on the 18th green

FRANCESCO MOLINARI made history at Carnoustie when he became the first Italian to win The Open Championship on a thrilling day that saw numerous leading contenders' hopes being blown away as the course finally bore its teeth. Molinari made par on his first 13 holes of the day, before a two-putt birdie on the easy par-5 14th pushed him to red numbers.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., the lone Canadian in the field, finished at 1 over in a tie for 35th.

Kevin Chappell, who spent most of his round watching Spieth put on a show, birdied the 18th for a 67 and was two shots behind. "I'm very proud", he said after rocketing from 15th to sixth in the world rankings and clinching his place in Europe's team for the Ryder Cup in France in September.

Jordan Spieth, tied for the lead in his bid to go back-to-back in the British Open, failed to make a single birdie and shot 76, his highest score Sunday in a major.

The oldest & most prestigious major, a trip to The Open is a must for every golf fan. Kisner, Jordan Spieth and Scahuffele, who began the final round on nine under par, found the conditions especially hard, with bogeys and double-bogeys now the order of the day.

They were at 9-under 204.

In the end, Spieth actually finished one shot behind a resurgent Tiger Woods.

And Schauffele was unable to force a play-off with an eagle as Molinari claimed his maiden Major victory, the first Italian to win one of golf's big four events. He laid up, pitched to three feet, and made a par.

Pat Perez of the US left and Tommy Fleetwood of England shake hands after the third round
Pat Perez of the US left and Tommy Fleetwood of England shake hands after the third round

He won the last of his 14 majors a decade ago since when he has been written off after a battle with injuries and personal problems. He walked to the next tee with a one-shot lead. He is even par overall.

"Tiger being back in the mix".

The 14-time major champion is 6 under for his third round.

It was the Italian's third victory in five starts. "To go the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable".

Scoring conditions were ideal on a warm day with little wind and greens softened by rain the day before.

Molinari accepted that playing with Woods brings about a different challenge due to the large crowds that follow his rounds, but remained adamant that his only focus was on winning the tournament. With Woods' hopes for a playoff already slim, Molinari feathered a wedge to 5 feet on the closing hole. He didn't make a bogey on the normally tough Carnoustie links. He also ended as runner-up in the other two tournaments.

Spieth took 39 shots to cover the front nine, Schauffele and Kisner required 40. He saved par with 8-foot putts on the 12th and 13th, two of the most pivotal putts all day.

Tiger Woods of the USA walks onto the 18th green during the final round for the 147th British Open Golf championships in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday, July 22, 2018. Masters champion Patrick Reed ran off three straight birdies starting at No. 5 and has made the turn at 3 under.




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