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Francesco Molinari breaks through at British Open

Francesco Molinari made his mark at Carnoustie Francesco Molinari made his mark at Carnoustie. Golf ‘Unthinkable’ Open star makes history
Cary Erickson | 23 July, 2018, 02:39

Schauffele remained on course at seven under but he bogeyed at the 17th to put Molinari's lead to two.

Through all that suspense, Molinari never flinched. He didn't make a bogey on the normally tough Carnoustie links.

Molinari raised his fist and shook it lightly before slamming it for emphasis. Playing with Tiger was another challenge. "It doesn't feel real".

Molinari, 35, underlined his status as the hottest player in world golf by finishing with an eight-under total of 276 helped by a fantastic 65 on Saturday.

And he was joined in the lead by Rory McIlroy who knocked in a fabulous eagle on 14 on his way to a round of 70 to finish six under before Molinari overtook them both. Today was a day that I had a great opportunity. His birdie on the 72nd hole solidified his win as the first Italian to win a major championship.

"To me, it's just so special to have them aware because I've won a lot of golf tournaments in my career, but they don't remember any of them". I was in the final group. "That's why I went to the putting green because I probably would have felt sick watching on TV".

Woods was "back at the top of his game", said Shaun Morris, who got Woods to sign four new gloves after the round and planned to give them to his friends back home in South Africa.

"Unfortunately in golf there's only one victor, this time it's me!" "I think it will take a long time to sink in".

Things took a turn for the worse past year when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida, where police said they found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes.

Tiger Woods couldn’t quite produce the miracle he was hoping for
Tiger Woods couldn’t quite produce the miracle he was hoping for

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. The roars for his two birdies could be heard from all corners of Carnoustie.

But as his rivals felt the pressure of trying to claim one of golf's biggest prizes, Woods looked close to his imperious best to move out in front in impressive fashion.

Kisner, in a three-way tie for the lead, took double bogey on number two. Kevin Kisner made his double bogey early. Schauffele chopped up the next hole for double bogey. "Either I hit that shot and it clears the burn, or I hit it right next to my feet", he said. With his ball sitting near the vertical sod face of a fairway bunker, Woods took a violent swing to lift the ball vertically, but with enough strength to advance it to the green.

And then it all went wrong. Woods arrived at all three of this year's majors with high hopes after promising finishes.

"The only thing they've seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through", said Woods.

The "where I was" referred to the years of debilitating back pain that was finally solved by a spinal fusion last April, allowing him to resume his career after four years of severely-curtailed appearances. His best chance was at the 14th, where he three-putted for par from about 40 feet. Woods played Sunday alongside a man who was flawless in his pursuit of the Claret Jug. He was 12 when he watched Costantino Rocca lose in a playoff to John Daly at the British Open at St. Andrews.

"I was in my own world, to be completely honest", he said.

"Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time". He is even par for the tournament.

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