Francesco Molinari Stared Down Tiger Woods To Win The Open Championship

Good start for Tiger Woods in #TheOpen final round

A bogey-free, two-under 69 from the Italian wound up being enough for a two-stroke victory, his first major title and his second win this month.

In a weird moment on the 18th tee, a fan screamed right in the middle of Woods's backswing, but his drive still found the first cut on the right side.

Donning his traditional blood-red shirt Sunday, Woods needed only six holes to erase his five-shot deficit.

Jordan Spieth pronounced himself "back in business" on Sunday despite falling short in his quest to join an elite list of players to win consecutive British Opens.

He then three-putted from 30 feet for double bogey seven. A dominating performance at the Quicken Loans, and an incredible comeback this week at Carnoustie after sitting at even par through 36 holes, have completely changed the story of his career in a matter of weeks.

But Woods, who led the field in driving accuracy through three rounds, misfired with a 3-iron off the tee at the par-4 11th.

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

Tiger Woods briefly had the lead outright midway through his round. He got within about a foot and ended up with par on the hole.

Molinari, 35, emerged from a six-way tie for the lead, when all the players were either on the back nine or in the clubhouse, to lift the Claret Jug.

It is Molinari's first career major victory as he became the first man from Italy to take the Claret Jug. He didn't make a bogey on the normally tough Carnoustie links. Heading into the final round, Woods believed he had a chance for a win.

McIlroy, Rose, Schauffele and Kisner finished in a tie for second place as the world's oldest major championship avoided a fourth straight playoff at Carnoustie to determine the Champion Golfer of the Year.




"I've had a chance to win". Then Molinari, all day a quiet killer, knocked his approach even closer - effectively knocking Woods out of the tournament.

More than three hours before the co-leaders tee off, Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner have a little more company.

Tiger Woods admits contending at the Open felt just like the old days and was delighted his two children finally got to see what all the fuss was about.

Schauffele was playing in the final pairing at a major for the first time.

Woods had the tournament in his hands after hitting a brilliant fairway bunker shot to make par on No. 10.

Tiger Woods is in contention in the British Open, and the internet is already at work with top-notch memes.

Adam Scott and Jason Day will wonder what might have been after Australia's British Open title drought extended to 25 years with another unsuccessful tilt at Carnoustie.

It wasn't easy on everyone.

The former Masters champion rued a killer double-bogey on the par-four third after his lob wedge ballooned in the breeze back into the burn and he was unable to get it up and down for bogey. The American topped the leaderboard until his hopes nosedived following a double-bogey at the 11th and another dropped stroke at the next hole. Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are also at 16-1.

All of them made mistakes, big and small. Xander Schauffele kept his composure amid the chaos of an ever-changing leaderboard.

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