Francesco Molinari wins British Open as Tiger Woods has impressive rally

Jo Caldwell
July 25, 2018

Professional golfer Francesco Molinari won his first major championship Sunday, defeating an array of the sport's top stars at the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland.

Meanwhile, Spieth eagled the first hole to signal his intent, his drive at the par four having rolled to within 10 feet of the cup before another birdie at the fourth left him six under and tied with overnight leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, along with Kevin Chappell - who birdied his first three.

At 14 major wins wins, Tiger Woods is second all-time behind Jack Nicklaus.

But a bogey and double-bogey dropped him back and he could never get better than 5-under, while his playing partner Molinari played beautifully throughout. Rose's only major to date is the 2013 US Open, although he came agonisingly close at the Masters a year ago before losing to Sergio Garcia in a play-off.

Tiger Woods is in the outright lead of the British Open after a stunning turnaround at Carnoustie. "It didn't feel any different to be next to the lead and knowing what I need to do".

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The eventual victor played alongside former world No 1 Woods in the final round, who appeared ready to end his 10-year victory drought in majors midway through the round. He walked to the next tee with a one-shot lead.

Heading into the final hole, Molinari was two strokes ahead of Woods at 7under, and tied for the lead with Schauffele, who was about to tee off at No. 17. "It was a little bit louder probably when he did that than today was", Schauffele said.

From there Woods two-putted from long range for another birdie and when he did the same on the par-five 14th, he was tied for the lead in a major championship for the first time since the second round of the 2013 Masters. "I played so well today I don't feel like I should have shot four under".

"I played a little bit better yesterday", Woods said of his matching scores for the opening two rounds.

Padraig Harrington's 2007 win at Carnoustie marked the last time the British Open champion made double-bogey in the final round and recovered in time to hoist the claret jug.

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"Francesco played really solidly today", said Woods. "This time, it's me". "I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you're proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did, '" Woods said. But that last one came after an eagle putt from 20 feet skirted the hole at the Spectacles and was maybe a hint that it wasn't going to him who won his first major on this Sunday. It was meant to be what I normally get and instead he went a little shorter.

Then three holes later, Woods two-putted for birdie at No. 14 and there he was, right at the top of the giant yellow leaderboards dotted all around Carnoustie, tied for the lead with five players at 6 under.

It was just as tough for Thomas, who bogeyed two of the last three holes to miss the cut by a shot.

The moment Schauffele's approach stopped short on the 18th green the celebrations could start. However, it proved to be a false dawn as three dropped shots in two holes saw him fall behind and in the end the 14-time major victor was being consoled by his two children.

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